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TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

The 1991 Canada Cup was very different from all the other Canada Cups.

The fall of communism in Eastern Europe saw weakened Russian and Czechoslovakian teams both miss the playoffs. Both teams were missing many top stars that opted not to play or were not invited back. As a result, both teams sent rosters full of unfamiliar names, and, with a few exceptions, remained unfamiliar over the course of history.

After watching the team improve over the history of the Canada Cup, the United States emerged as a legitimate hockey power in 1991. They iced their usual strong, physical team but sprinkled in some of the most talented players in U.S. history including a stalwart goalie in Mike Richter, an offensive defenseman in Brian Leetch, and three game-breaking forwards in Mike Modano, Pat Lafontaine and Brett Hull.

The Scandinavian countries represented themselves nicely. Mats Sundin had one of the best series in tournament history to lead Sweden, while Finland, perennial basement dwellers, emerged as a surprisingly strong contender.

Canada's great depth was the key to its fourth Canada Cup championship in 1991. Mario Lemieux, Ray Bourque, Steve Yzerman, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy and Cam Neely all missed the tournament for various reasons, leaving Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier as the only "superstars" on the team.

Gretzky continued to prove he was playing at his best, although USA's Gary Suter made a name for himself by cross checking Gretzky into the boards causing Gretzky to miss the final game due to back spasms.

Canada managed to defeat the Americans despite the loss of Gretzky. Bill Ranford was spectacular in net while Mark Messier and Steve Larmer picked up their game. The Americans, accurately dubbed as "the best U.S. team ever" by general manager Craig Patrick, were inspired by their dying coach Bob Johnson, who fell ill with a brain tumour as the tournament began. They put in a gutsy effort, very deserving of their second place finish.

Canada's two game sweep of the Americans in the finals reaffirmed Canada's dominance in international hockey. The tournament also highlighted the nearing arrival of parity as all nations were now capable of victory.


Schedule/Results - Horaire/Résultats
Game/Results
Round
Location
Partie/Résultats
Ronde
Location
Aug. 31, 1991
CAN 2 FIN 2
Round Robin
Toronto, ON
USA 6 SWE 3
Round Robin
Pittsburgh, PA
CSSR 5 USSR 2
Round Robin
Saskatoon, SK
Sep. 2, 1991
CAN 6 USA 2
Round Robin
Hamilton, ON
SWE 3 USSR 2
Round Robin
Montréal, QC
FIN 1 CSSR 0
Round Robin
Saskatoon, SK
Sep. 5, 1991
CAN 4 SWE 1
Round Robin
Toronto, ON
USA 4 CSSR 2
Round Robin
Detroit, MI
USSR 6 FIN 1
Round Robin
Hamilton, ON
Sep. 7, 1991
CAN 6 CSSR 2
Round Robin
Montréal, QC
USA 2 USSR 1
Round Robin
Chicago, IL
FIN 3 SWE 1
Round Robin
Toronto, ON
Sep. 9, 1991
CAN 3 USSR 3
Round Robin
Québec, QC
USA 4 FIN 3
Round Robin
Chicago, IL
SWE 5 CSSR 2
Round Robin
Toronto, ON
Sep. 11, 1991
USA 7 FIN 3 Semi-Final Hamilton, ON
Sep. 12, 1991
CAN 4 SWE 0 Semi-Final Toronto, ON
Sep. 14, 1991
CAN 4 USA 1 Final Montréal, QC
Sep. 16, 1991
CAN 4 USA 2 (CAN wins 2-0) Final Hamilton, ON

 

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

All Tournament Team/Étoiles du tournoi
Goaltender/
Gardien
Bill Ranford (CAN)
Defence/
Défense
Chris Chelios (USA)
Al MacInnis(CAN)
Forwards/
Avants

Wayne Gretzky (CAN)
Jeremy Roenick (USA)
Mats Sundin (SWE)


Leading Scorers/Meilleurs marqueurs
Player Team
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
Joueur Équipe
PJ
B
A
PTS
PIM
Wayne Gretzky CAN
7
4
8
12
2
Steve Larmer CAN
8
6
5
11
4
Brett Hull USA
8
2
7
9
0
Mike Modano USA
8
2
7
9
2
Mark Messier CAN
8
2
6
8
10
Paul Coffey CAN
8
1
6
7
8
Craig Janney USA
8
4
2
6
0
Jeremy Roenick USA
8
4
2
6
4
Mats Sundin SWE
6
2
4
6
16
Al MacInnis CAN
8
2
4
6
10

Leading Goaltenders/Gardiens
Player Team
GP
W
L
T
AVG
Joueur Équipe
PJ
V
D
N
MOY
Bill Ranford CAN
8
6
0
2
1.75
Mike Richter USA
7
4
3
0
3.14
Tommy Soderstrom SWE
4
2
2
0
3.00
Markus Ketterer FIN
5
2
2
1
3.00
Mikhail Shtalenkov USSR
5
1
2
1
2.39
Dominik Hasek CSSR
5
1
4
0
3.60

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

21

11

8

2. USA

5

4

1

0

19

15

8

3. FIN

5

2

2

1

10

13

5

4. SWE

5

2

3

0

13

17

4

5. USSR

5

1

3

1

14

14

3

6. CSSR

5

1

4

0

11

18

2

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