Ice Hockey: 6 Landmark Moments in the USA-Canada Rivalry

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Despite being North American neighbors, Canada and the United States are often more foe than friend when it comes to athletic contests. Such is the case with the hockey teams of the countries, which will face off in the men’s semi-finals at the Sochi Olympics on Friday. We’re taking a look back at some of the highlights in the competitive history between the two nations.

1920 Olympics

This first Olympic hockey tournament counted seven nations among its participants. Here, Canada bested their North American neighbors 2-0 in the semi-final game for the first strike in a lengthy competitive history. Canada went on to win the gold, while the U.S. took home the silver.

1948 Olympics

Despite previous games dictated by closeness, this one wasn’t. Canada put a hurt on the U.S., scoring 12 goals to the U.S.’ three. The Canadians went on to win gold, while the U.S. finished fourth. The U.S. wouldn’t get the better of Canada until the 1956 Olympics when they beat the Canadians 4-1 to take the silver.

1960 Olympics

The 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California, saw the U.S. team finally hitting their stride. Though Canada, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Sweden were the top four teams heading into the Games, all were eventually defeated by the U.S. team, which won all of its seven games en route to the team’s first Olympic gold medal.

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