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1960 USA beats Ger­many in Olympic hockey fi­nals round, 9-1. 1968 Gary Unger be­gins NHL con­sec­u­tive-game record of 914 games. 1980 USA Olympic hockey team de­feats Fin­land, 4-2, to win the gold medal. 1982 Wayne Gret­zky scores NHL-record 78th goal of sea­son en route to 92. 1987 Los An­ge­les Laker Ka­reem Ab­dulJab­bar scores his 36,000th NBA point. 1988 Matti Nyka­nen be­comes the Win­ter Olympics first triple gold medal­list. 1989 Harold Bal­lard sells the Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats to David Bra­ley. 2002 Canada de­feats the United States 5-2 to win the men’s Olympic hockey gold medal. 2002 19th Win­ter Olympic Games close at Salt Lake City, Utah.

Team Canada, led by cap­tain Mario Lemieux and Steve Yz­er­man and coached by Hamil­ton’s PatQuinn, ended a half cen­tu­ryof Olympic gold medal drought­by­de­feat­ing the host USA team 5-2 attheSalt Lake Games, 15 years ago to­day.

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