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Canada Cup

OT Hero
Darryl Sittler's jersey from the 1976 Canada Cup. During overtime of game #2 against the Czechoslovakians, Sittler scored the winning goal to claim the championship.

Thank You
Mini-Canada Cup given to USA head coach Bob Johnson for his contribution and efforts to hockey in the United States. The Americans lost a hard fought battle to Canada in the final of the 1991 Canada Cup.

Ketterer Mounts Finnish Ascent
In three previous matches (1976, 1981 and 1987) against Canada’s best professionals in Canada Cup action, Finland was winless and had been outscored by a total of 24-3. The Finns were improving as seen in their 2-1 upset victory over the Soviet Union at the 1988 Olympics. Still few gave them much of a chance against Canada in the opening match of the 1991 Canada Cup. The Canadian team, coached by Mike Keenan, was loaded with stars including Wayne Gretzky, who at age 30, was playing better than ever. Markus Ketterer, 24 years old and still not drafted by an NHL club, was outstanding in goal and Janne Ojanen, a big winger who had played briefly with the New Jersey Devils, scored both of his country’s goals in a 2-2 tie. The point gained helped Finland reach the Canada Cup playoffs for the first time.

Thank Goodness For Coatings
Due to weight of the original Canada Cup trophy, which was 95 pounds of solid nickel, a second trophy was produced with a nickel coating making it much lighter.

Switched Allegiances
Despite having played for his native Canada on other occasions, goaltender Tony Esposito suited up for the United States during the 1981 Canada Cup.

Friend or Foe
Borje Salming wore this jersey for Sweden during the 1976 Canada Cup tournament. During a game at Maple Leaf Gardens versus the host Canadians, Salming received a standing ovation from the Toronto crowd and was named to the tournament All-Star team.

Did You Know?

NHL Bound
Helmut Balderis was the only member of the Soviet squad that ended up playing in the NHL. He appeared in 26 games with the Minnesota North Stars in the 1989-90 season.

Finnish Brew
Former NHL all-star defenseman Carl Brewer was an assistant coach for the Finnish National Team.

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