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TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

While the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union will likely always be regarded by many Canadians and hockey fans as the greatest hockey tournament, the 1987 Canada Cup dared to rival. Though the political tensions and societal differences had mostly subsided over the years, the drama and intrigue were equally present amongst the various countries and hockey playing nations.

The quality of players participating in 1987, led many to agree that 1987 Canada Cup featured the two greatest teams ever iced (Canadian and Soviet Union), and the greatest hockey ever played.

" I don't think you'll ever see better hockey than what was played in that series," said Wayne Gretzky. "For me, it was probably the best hockey I've ever played."

The 1987 Canada Cup not only had Wayne Gretzky near his absolute prime, but many others as well. Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, Viacheslav Fetisov, Vladimir Krutov, and Sergei Makarov also were near the zenith of their incredible careers. The series also witnessed the rise to prominence of a young Dominik Hasek, as well as the elevation of Mario Lemieux into Gretzky's stratosphere.

There were few surprises in the round robin, with Canada and Soviet Union on top. Sweden and Czechoslovakia edged out a hard-working United States team and an improving Finland team for the other two playoff spots. Canada defeated Czechoslovakia while the Soviets defeated Sweden in the two semi-finals, to set up the classic showdown between eternal rivals that everyone wanted to see.

The best of three series went the full distance and thrilled fans worldwide with quality and drama.

The Soviets handed the Canadians a 6-5 overtime loss in Montreal to take the all important first game. Game two, a game many, including Wayne Gretzky, have called the greatest game ever played, went into double overtime before Gretzky, with his fifth assist of the night, set up Lemieux for his hat trick goal to decide the draining affair.

The Soviets jumped out to an early stranglehold in the third game, but Canada clawed their way back into the game, eventually knotting the score to set up the last minute heroics.

With 1:26 left in the game and the series, Gretzky, Lemieux and Larry Murphy broke in on a three-on-one. Gretzky slipped the perfect pass to Lemieux who snapped the puck past Soviet goaltender Sergei Mylnikov, giving Canada the 1987 Canada Cup championship title.


Schedule/Results - Horaire/Résultats
Game/Results
Round
Location
Partie/Résultats
Ronde
Location
Aug. 28, 1987
CAN 4 CSSR 4
Round Robin
Calgary, AB
USA 4 FIN 1
Round Robin
Hartford, CT
Aug. 29, 1987
SWE 5 USSR 3
Round Robin
Calgary, AB
Aug. 30, 1987
CAN 4 FIN 1
Round Robin
Hamilton, ON
Aug. 31, 1987
USSR 4 CSSR 0
Round Robin
Regina, SK
USA 5 SWE 2
Round Robin
Hamilton, ON
Sep. 2, 1987
USSR 7 FIN 4
Round Robin
Halifax, NS
CAN 3 USA 2
Round Robin
Hamilton, ON
SWE 4 CSSR 0
Round Robin
Regina, SK
Sep. 4, 1987
USSR 5 USA 1
Round Robin
Hartford, CT
CSSR 5 FIN 2
Round Robin
Sydney, NS
CAN 5 SWE 3
Round Robin
Montréal, QC
Sep. 6, 1987
SWE 3 FIN 1
Round Robin
Sydney, NS
CSSR 3 USA 1
Round Robin
Sydney, NS
CAN 3 USSR 3
Round Robin
Hamilton, ON
Sep. 8, 1987
USSR 4 SWE 2 Semi-Final Hamilton, ON
Sep. 9, 1987
CAN 5 CSSR 3 Semi-Final Montreal, QC
Sep. 11, 1987
CAN 5 USSR 6 (ot/pro)
* A. Semak at 5:33 of OT
Final Montréal, QC
Sep. 13, 1987
CAN 6 USSR 5 (ot/pro)
** M. Lemieux at 30:07 of OT
Final Hamilton, ON
Sep. 15, 1987
CAN 6 USSR 5 (CAN wins 2-1) Final Hamilton, ON

 

Tournament MVP/Joueur plus utile
Wayne Gretzky (F/A) (CAN)

All Tournament Team/Étoiles du tournoi
Goaltender/
Gardien
Grant Fuhr (CAN)
Defence/
Défense
Ray Bourque (CAN)
Viacheslav Fetisov (USSR)
Forwards/
Avants

Wayne Gretzky (CAN)
Vladimir Krutov (USSR)
Mario Lemieux (CAN)


Leading Scorers/Meilleurs marqueurs
Player Team
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
Joueur Équipe
PJ
B
A
PTS
PIM
Wayne Gretzky CAN
9
3
18
21
2
Mario Lemieux CAN
9
11
7
18
8
Sergei Makarov USSR
9
7
8
15
8
Vladimir Krutov USSR
9
7
7
14
4
Viacheslav Bykov USSR
9
2
7
9
4
Ray Bourque CAN
9
2
6
8
10
Andrei Khomutov USSR
9
4
3
7
0
Valeri Kamensky USSR
9
6
1
7
6
Viacheslav Fetisov USSR
9
2
5
7
9
Anatoli Semenov USSR
9
2
5
7
2

Leading Goaltenders/Gardiens
Player Team
GP
W
L
T
AVG
Joueur Équipe
PJ
V
D
N
MOY
Grant Fuhr CAN
9
6
1
2
3.34
Sergei Mylnikov USSR
6
5
1
0
2.96
Peter Lindmark SWE
6
3
3
0
3.00
John Vanbiesbrouck USA
4
2
2
0
2.25
Dominik Hasek CSSR
6
2
3
1
3.33

Round Robin Standings/
Classement de la ronde préliminaire
Team
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
PTS
Équipe
PJ
V
D
N
BP
BA
PTS
1. CAN

5

3

0

2

19

13

8

2. USSR

5

3

1

1

22

13

7

3. SWE

5

3

2

0

17

14

6

4. CSSR

5

2

2

1

12

15

5

5. USA

5

2

3

0

13

14

4

6. FIN

5

0

5

0

9

23

0

 

 
For more information:
Brad Pascall Vice-President, Hockey Operations