1984 Canada Cup

The 1984 Labatt Canada Cup was a professional international ice hockey tournament played during the first three weeks of September 1984. The best-of-three final took place between Canada and Sweden, with Canada winning a two game sweep. Canadian forward John Tonelli was named the tournament's most valuable player.

1984 Canada Cup
Tournament details
Host country Canada
DatesSeptember 1–18, 1984
Teams6
Venue(s)7 (in 7 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Canada (2nd title)
Runner-up  Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played19
Goals scored138 (7.26 per match)
Attendance156,646 (8,245 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Wayne Gretzky (12 pts)
MVP John Tonelli
1981
1987

This was the only Canada Cup to feature a team from West Germany, who managed a single point in five games based on a 4–4 tie with Czechoslovakia. This was also the only point for the Czechoslovaks, whose lineup had been weakened by defections, one of whom, Czechoslovak star Peter Šťastný, played for Team Canada in this event. The Canadian team was a disappointing 2–2–1 in the round-robin. There was inner turmoil on the roster, which was dominated by players by two NHL powerhouses, the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Islanders—these two teams had faced off in the past two Stanley Cup Finals, and there were bitter feuds between players that had to be overcome. In one semifinal, fourth place Canada faced first-place USSR, who were a perfect 5–0 in the round-robin. Canada dominated the first two periods, but managed only a 1–0 lead due to spectacular goaltending from Vladimir Myshkin. The Soviets scored twice in the third to take the lead, but defenceman Doug Wilson tied the game late in regulation. In overtime, Myshkin continued his brilliant play. The Soviets got a two-on one against the flow of the play, but were thwarted by a brilliant poke-check by Paul Coffey, who was normally an offensive defenceman. Later on that play, Coffey's point shot was deflected in front of the net by Mike Bossy for the winning goal. In the other semi-final, Sweden scored on its first four shots on goal and cruised to a stunning 9–2 victory over the United States. The Americans had beaten Sweden 7–1 in the round robin and had looked very impressive prior to collapsing in this game.

Canada won Game 1 of the final 5–2. In Game 2, they built up a commanding 5–0 lead in the first period before Sweden mounted a comeback that fell just short. The final score was 6–5.

Teams

As in 1981 and 1976 there were six competing teams. The West German national ice hockey team replaced Finland thanks to its fifth-place finish at the 1983 Ice Hockey World Championships.

Round robin standings

Team GP W L T GF GA DIF PTS
 Soviet Union 5500227+1510
 United States 53112113+87
 Sweden 53201516−16
 Canada 52212318+55
 Czechoslovakia 50411021−111
 West Germany 50411329−161

Game scores

Round-robin

September 1, 1984United States 7–1
( 2–0, 2–1, 3–0 )
 SwedenHalifax Metro Centre
Attendance: 6,858
September 1, 1984Canada 7–2
( 3–0, 2–1, 2–1 )
 West GermanyMontreal Forum
Attendance: 9,975
September 2, 1984Soviet Union 3–0
( 0–0, 1–0, 2–0 )
 CzechoslovakiaMontreal Forum
Attendance: 7,332
September 3, 1984Canada 4–4
( 2–1, 2–1, 0–2 )
 United StatesMontreal Forum
Attendance: 10,563
September 4, 1984Soviet Union 3–2
( 1–0, 1–1, 1–1 )
 SwedenOlympic Saddledome, Calgary
Attendance: 5,759
September 4, 1984Czechoslovakia 4–4
( 0–3, 3–1, 1–0 )
 West GermanyLondon Gardens
Attendance: 2,982
September 6, 1984Sweden 4–2
( 1–1, 2–0, 1–1 )
 CanadaPacific Coliseum, Vancouver
Attendance: 9,456
September 6, 1984Soviet Union 8–1
( 0–0, 3–0, 5–1 )
 West GermanyNorthlands Coliseum, Edmonton
Attendance: 2,500
September 6, 1984United States 3–2
( 1–1, 2–0, 0–1 )
 CzechoslovakiaBuffalo Memorial Auditorium
Attendance: 12,352
September 8, 1984Canada 7–2
( 4–0, 2–1, 1–1 )
 CzechoslovakiaOlympic Saddledome, Calgary
Attendance: 11,881
September 8, 1984Soviet Union 2–1
( 1–0, 1–1, 0–0 )
 United StatesNorthlands Coliseum, Edmonton
Attendance: 5,513
September 8, 1984Sweden 4–2
( 1–0, 1–2, 2–0 )
 West GermanyOlympic Saddledome, Calgary
Attendance: 6,717
September 10, 1984Soviet Union 6–3
( 2–2, 2–0, 2–1 )
 CanadaNorthlands Coliseum, Edmonton
Attendance: 12,383
September 10, 1984United States 6–4
( 2–2, 2–0, 2–2 )
 West GermanyOlympic Saddledome, Calgary
Attendance: 4,985
September 10, 1984Sweden 4–2
( 0–2, 2–0, 2–0 )
 CzechoslovakiaPacific Coliseum, Vancouver
Attendance: 2,438

Semi-finals

September 12, 1984Sweden 9–2
( 4–0, 2–0, 3–2 )
 United StatesNorthlands Coliseum, Edmonton
Attendance: 5,230
September 13, 1984Canada 3–2
( 0–0, 1–0, 1–2, 1–0 )
 Soviet UnionOlympic Saddledome, Calgary
Attendance: 13,307

Final

September 16, 1984Canada 5–2
( 2–1, 1–0, 2–1 )
 SwedenOlympic Saddledome, Calgary
Attendance: 15,966
September 18, 1984Canada 6–5
( 5–1, 1–3, 0–1 )
 SwedenNorthlands Coliseum, Edmonton
Attendance: 10,449

Statistical leaders

Scoring

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky Canada857122
Michel Goulet Canada856110
Paul Coffey Canada838114
Kent Nilsson Sweden838114
Håkan Loob Sweden864102
Mike Bossy Canada85492
John Tonelli Canada83692
Thomas Steen Sweden87184
Rick Middleton Canada74480
Vladimir Krutov Soviet Union63584

Goaltending

Player Team GP Min W L T SO SV% GAA
Pete Peeters Canada42343100.8743.33
Vladimir Myshkin Soviet Union42523101.9401.43
Alexander Tyzhnykh Soviet Union21202000.8522.00
Peter Lindmark Sweden74123400.8892.76
Grant Fuhr Canada21201010.8783.00
Rejean Lemelin Canada31381100.8483.04
Minimum 120 minutes played

Awards

RecipientTeam
Most Valuable Player
John Tonelli Canada
All-Star team
GVladimir Myshkin Soviet Union
DPaul Coffey Canada
DRod Langway United States
FWayne Gretzky Canada
FJohn Tonelli Canada
FSergei Makarov Soviet Union

See also

References

Notes
    General
    • McKinley, Michael (2006). Hockey: A People's History. McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 0-7710-5769-5.
    • Pelletier, Joe; Houda, Patrick (2003). The World Cup of Hockey. Toronto: Warwick Publishing. ISBN 1-894622-17-0.
      • Game statistics: Pelletier, 2003, pp. 104–137
    • Scoring statistics and awards: "1984 Canada Cup". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2011-08-14.
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