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1976 Canada Cup Winning Goal Darryl Sittler of the Toronto Maple Leafs scores the winning goal in overtime versus Czechoslovakia to give the home team the 1976 Canada Cup title.
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Added: 14th March 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: eric1957 on 2009-03-15 
Canada didn't field an Olympic hockey team after 1968, but returned to Olympic competition in 1980.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-03-16 
Eric is correct.

Canada withdrew from international hockey after 1969 because of a dispute with the International Ice Hockey Federation over their definition of amateurism. Eastern bloc players who trained together 50 weeks per year were somehow considered 'amateurs' while former pros who were now playing part-time in amateur leagues somehow weren't. Hockey Canada more or less told the IIHF to take a hike.

This 1976 Canada Cup tourney was a way to get Canada back into the international hockey community on a regular basis. The IIHF agreed to sanction this event in exchange for Canada once again sending teams (that included pro players) to the annual IIHF world championship tourney starting in 1977.

That's basically why Canada did not send a hockey team to the 1972 or 1976 Winter Olympics.

The Canadian team from 1976 is generally regarded as the greatest array of talent ever to play for Canada.
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