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The following is a list of international ice hockey competitions where National Hockey League players have been able to participate. Most of these competitions were arranged by the NHL or NHLPA.


Summit Series

The Summit Series was an eight game challenge series between the Soviet National Team and a Canadian team made up of NHL hockey players. No World Hockey Association players were included in the event. Two years later, the World Hockey Association competed in the 1974 Summit Series and were defeated by the Soviets, but with no NHLers. There were however, some former NHLers playing for the WHA in the series.

Year Winner Runner-up
1972  Canada  Soviet Union

Super Series

The Super Series were exhibition games between Soviet teams and NHL teams that took place on each NHL opponents' home ice in North America from 1976 to 1991. The Soviet teams were usually club teams from the Soviet hockey league. The exception was in 1983, when the Soviet National Team represented the Soviet Union. Soviet teams won 14 series, NHL teams won 2 series, and 2 series were tied.

In the following summary the winner of a series is in bold.

Year 1st Team 2nd Team W L T
1976 CSKA Moscow NHL 2 1 1
1976 Soviet Wings Moscow NHL 3 1 0
1978 Spartak Moscow NHL 3 2 0
1979 Soviet Wings Moscow NHL 2 1 1
1980 Dynamo Moscow NHL 2 1 1
1980 CSKA Moscow NHL 3 2 0
1983  Soviet Union NHL 4 2 0
1986 CSKA Moscow NHL 5 1 0
1986 Dynamo Moscow NHL 2 1 1
1989 CSKA Moscow NHL 4 2 1
1989 NHL Dinamo Riga 4 2 1
1990 NHL Khimik Voskresensk 3 3 0
1990 NHL Soviet Wings Moscow 3 1 1
1990 CSKA Moscow NHL 4 1 0
1990 Dynamo Moscow NHL 3 2 0
1991 NHL Khimik Voskresensk 3 3 1
1991 CSKA Moscow NHL 6 1 0
1991 Dynamo Moscow NHL 3 2 2

Canada Cup

Canada Cups were the major international competition for NHL players before the advent of the World Cup.

Year Winner Runner-up
1976  Canada  Czechoslovakia
1981  Soviet Union  Canada
1984  Canada  Sweden
1987  Canada  Soviet Union
1991  Canada  United States

Challenge Cup 1979

Year Winner Runner-up
1979  Soviet Union NHL All-Stars

Rendez Vous 1987

In 1987, two matches were held between the USSR and NHL All Stars in Quebec City, Canada in place of the annual NHL All Star Game. The series finished tied with each team winning once.

Game Date Winner Runner-up Score
1st 11 February 1987 NHL All-Stars  Soviet Union 4-3
2nd 13 February 1987  Soviet Union NHL All-Stars 5-3

World Cup

In 1996, the World Cup of Hockey replaced the Canada Cup.

Year Winner Runner-up
1996  United States  Canada
2004  Canada  Finland


In 1998, 2002 and 2006 the NHL has had a break in the season to allow its players to participate in the Olympics.

Year City Gold Silver Bronze
1998 Japan Nagano  Czech Republic  Russia  Finland
2002 United States Salt Lake City  Canada  United States  Russia
2006 Italy Turin  Sweden  Finland  Czech Republic
2010 Canada Vancouver

IIHF World Championships

Since 1976, there has been no limit to how many NHL players countries can send to the IIHF World Championships, but the tournament is usually played during the NHL playoffs. Because of the NHL lockout in 2004, all NHL players were available to participate in the 2005 Championship. Many players did, however, not participate because they had not played for a full season, and were therefore not in "game shape."

NHL Challenge

Between 2000 and 2003, a select few NHL teams traveled to Europe to play exhibition games against top division teams in the Swedish and Finnish leagues.

Year Winner Opponent Score
2000 Vancouver Canucks Modo 5-2
2000 Vancouver Canucks Djurgårdens IF 2-1
2001 Colorado Avalanche Brynäs IF 5-3
2003 Toronto Maple Leafs Jokerit 5-3
2003 Toronto Maple Leafs Djurgårdens IF 9-2
2003 Toronto Maple Leafs Färjestads BK 3-0

Victoria Cup

The Victoria Cup is a new ice hockey tournament organized by the IIHF and intended for teams of the Champions Hockey League and the NHL. The inaugural Cup was a single game playoff between the 2008 IIHF European Champions Cup winners Metallurg Magnitogorsk and New York Rangers of the NHL. It was held in Bern, Switzerland on 1 October 2008.

The 2009 edition of the tournament featured ZSC Lions, the 2008–09 Champions Hockey League winners, and Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. The ZSC Lions defeated The Blackhawks 2-1 in the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland.

Year Winner Runner-up
2008 New York Rangers Metallurg Magnitogorsk
2009 ZSC Lions Chicago Blackhawks

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