From August 28 to September 15, 1987, the second-edition of the Canada Cup, precursor to the World Championship, was played. Canada, the U.S.S.R., Sweden, Czechoslovakia, the United States and Finland competed for the honor of being recognized as the world’s greatest hockey nation. Twenty-five years later, many still consider the event to be the greatest display of hockey in the history of the game.
After winning the Stanley Cup a year earlier and leading the NHL All-Stars against the Russians in Rendez-vous ’87, Hockey Canada extended Perron an invitation to join their coaching staff led by Mike Keenan.

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The hostilities between Canada and the USSR grabbed most of the headlines during the 1987 Canada Cup, but there were still a few other countries that earned some well-deserved attention at the tournament. Like Mats Naslund’s Team Sweden, for example.
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It usually takes a few years for a newly minted NHLer to hit his stride. For Claude Lemieux, his first two seasons in the league were good enough to earn him a place on Team Canada’s roster.

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After representing his country twice during his playing career, Serge Savard jumped at the chance to suit up for Canada in a different role in 1987.

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GP W L D PTS
5 3 0 2 8
5 3 1 1 7
5 3 2 0 6
5 2 2 1 5
5 2 3 0 4
5 0 5 0 0

08/09/1987 4 - 2
09/09/1987 5 - 3

11/09/1987 6 - 5 (OT)
13/09/1987 6 - 5 (2 OT)
15/09/1987 6 - 5

G A P
1. Wayne Gretzky 3 18 21
2. Mario Lemieux 11 7 18
3. Sergei Makarov 7 8 15
4. Vladimir Krutov 7 7 14
5. Vyacheslav Bykov 2 7 9