IIHF – 10 amazing first-time upsets

IIHF – 10 amazing first-time upsets
IIHF – 10 amazing first-time upsets

Hollywood loves an underdog hockey story, from The Mighty Ducks to Miracle. At the 2024 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, Austria became the latest nation to craft an against-all-odds storyline by beating a heavily favored opponent for the first time in tournament history.

Against Finland, the defending Olympic champions and Worlds gold medalists in 2019 and 2022, Benjamin Baumgartner’s goal at 19:59 of the third period gave coach Roger Bader’s squad a wild 3-2 comeback win. Since first facing the Finns in 1957, the Austrians had never done better than tying them once (3-3 in 2000).

Some nations get their first wins over traditional powerhouses at the Olympics, of course, which is massive. Goalie Martin Gerber’s 49-save shutout in Switzerland’s unprecedented 2-0 shocker over Canada at the 2006 Winter Games is a classic example. Slovenian fans still relish their historic 3-1 upset against Slovakia at the 2014 Olympics, featuring goals from Rok Ticar, Tomaz Razingar, and Anze Kopitar.

Yet since we’re in the thickness of the Worlds, let’s take a look back at 10 amazing first-time upsets that took place on the Worlds stage.

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