Few things get Canadian hockey fans more fired up than an end-to-end, physical game against longtime rivals, the United States.

In 1996, Tony Amonte broke the hearts of Canadians with the winning goal in the best-of-three final of the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in Montreal.

Six years later, Canada got revenge, beating the Americans on home soil in the gold-medal game at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. And Sidney Crosby brought a country together at the 2010 Winter Games with his golden goal versus Ryan Miller and the U.S. in Vancouver.

Canada and the U.S. are set to renew hostilities at the world junior championship, with the defending champion Canadians holding a 34-7-3 edge in the all-time series. But their annual New Year's Eve showdown has been shelved, at least for the 2016 tournament, so they'll face each other on Boxing Day at 1 p.m. ET at Helsinki Ice Hall in Finland.

Below, we break down their head-to-head meetings over the past 10 years.


Where: Bell Centre in Montreal

Round: Preliminary

Result: Canada 5, United States 3

Highlights: Sam Reinhart led Canadian attack with a goal and two assists while Max Domi added two goals … Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin, who's among NHL rookie scoring leaders this season, scored twice for U.S.


Where: Malmo Isstadion in Malmo, Sweden

Round: Preliminary

Result: Canada 3, U.S. 2

Highlights: Zach Fucale keyed the Canadian win, stopping 24 of 26 shots, including Connor Carrick on a breakaway … Ottawa Senators prospect Curtis Lazar scored the winning goal, a power-play marker on a redirect at 6:13 of the third period.


Where: Ufa Arena in Ufa, Russia

Round: Semifinal

Result: U.S. 5, Canada 1

Highlights: Ty Rattie scored the lone Canadian with his team shorthanded … Johnny Gaudreau, now starring for the Calgary Flames, scored two goals for the U.S. … Malcolm Subban was pulled from Canada's net after allowing four goals on 16 shots.

Where: Ufa Arena

Round: Preliminary

Result: Canada 2, U.S. 1

Highlights: Canadians prevailed with just 11 forwards due to suspensions to Boone Jenner and J.C. Lipon … Malcolm Subban had his best performance of the tourney with 36 saves for Canada.


Where: Edmonton/Calgary

Round: Preliminary

Result: Canada 3, U.S. 2

Highlights: Canadians jumped out to 3-0 first-period lead on goals by Mark Stone, Jaden Schwartz and Brett Connolly … Canada wrapped up preliminary round at 4-0, outscoring opposition 26-5.


Where: HSBC Arena in Buffalo

Round: Semifinal

Result: Canada 4, U.S. 1

Highlights: Canadians avenged 6-5 loss to U.S. in Saskatoon the previous year, reaching the final for a 10th straight year … Canada scored 2:38 into the game, courtesy Curtis Hamilton, and led 3-0 after two periods.


Where: Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon

Round: Gold-medal game

Result: U.S. 6, Canada 5 (OT)

Highlights: John Carlson, who now anchors the Washington Capitals' blue-line, scored the decisive goal at 4:21 of overtime … Jordan Eberle scored twice in the final three minutes of regulation to force OT.

Where: Credit Union Centre

Round: Preliminary

Result: Canada 5, U.S. 4 (SO)

Highlights: Brandon Kozun scored the shootout winner against Jack Campbell … Canadian power play went 0-for-6 after scoring 13 times in previous three games.


Where: Scotiabank Place in Ottawa

Round: Preliminary

Result: Canada 7, U.S. 4

Highlights: Cody Hodgson notched winning goal 6:56 into second period … Canada trailed 3-0 at 12:35 of first period but evened matters before the intermission … John Tavares completed his hat trick at 19:13 of the third.


Where: Pardubice Arena in Pardubice, Czech Republic

Round: Semifinal

Result: Canada 4, U.S. 1

Highlights: Colton Gillies and Brad Marchand scored 20 seconds apart in third period to send Canada to the gold-medal game for a seventh consecutive year.


Where: Ejendals Arena in Leksand, Sweden

Round: Semifinal

Result: Canada 2, U.S. 1 (SO)

Highlights: Jonathan Toews scored on all three of his shootout attempts, including the winner against Jeff Frazee. The next shooter for the U.S., Peter Mueller, was denied by goalie Carey Price, who made 34 saves in regulation and overtime.

Where: FM Mattisson Arena in Mora, Sweden

Round: Preliminary

Result: Canada 6, U.S. 3

Highlights: Toews scored twice, the second on a penalty shot … Erik Johnson ended Canada's shutout streak at 234 minutes 14 seconds.


Where: Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver

Round: Preliminary

Result: Canada 3, U.S. 2

Highlights: Kyle Chipchura fired the winning goal into an empty net. Needing a win, the U.S. had pulled goalie Cory Schneider … Justin Pogge earned his fourth straight win and received player of the game honours.