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    Posted by japanstats on 2008 May 14日 Wednesday

    スロバキアが(ドイツの違法選手使用問題もありながら)期待を遥かに下回るプレーをして降格争いを戦う羽目になった(でもスロベニアに2連勝で無事トップディビジョン残留、フランスもNHLゴーリーHuet のお陰でイタリアを下し残留)事以外は、ノルウェーの健闘と3試合延長負けしたベラルーシの活躍がホッケー小国から目だったグループリーグでした。スイスは結構固いですね、意外とロシア相手に接戦を演じる可能性も(ビッグ8入りの最有力候補はスイスですからね)。

    5/14 の準々決勝





    チェコ戦とアメリカ戦はトップ国同士の戦いとなり、上でも書いた通りロシアースイスも面白い試合になりえる。一番楽に見えるのがカナダだが、実はグループリーグは2-1の接戦だった。またノルウェーのゴーリーGrotnes が神掛かったら、ミラクルもありえるかも?!




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    Quarterfinals set for 2008 Worlds

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 May 14日 Wednesday

    The quarterfinals for the 2008 World Championship in Halifax and Quebec City has been set. With the disappointing performance (combined with the ineligible German player controversy) sent Slovakia down to a relegation series against Slovenia, which it won (France, with Huet being the difference maker, won the other relegation battle against Italy.)

    Quarterfinals on 14 May are:

    Czech Republic – Sweden

    Norway – Canada

    Russia – Switzerland

    USA – Finland

    The CZE-SWE and RUS-FIN matches will be great clashes of titans, and the Swiss are always strong and can easily give the talented Russian squad a run for its money. Canada has the easiest draw, but the team only won 2-1 over Norway thanks to a last minute Nash goal, so we’ll see if Grotnes can pull off the supergoalie gig yet again. 

    Some great quotes from the Norwegians  🙂

    Even getting this far is an amazing triumph for the Norwegian national hockey program, which operates on an annual budget of less than $1-million. Heatley alone operates on an annual budget 10 times that.

    It is a team that boasts a former NHL player, 32-year-old Anders Myrvold, who last played for the Detroit Red Wings in 2004, and a collection of European professionals, semi-pros and amateurs.

    But they have, Myrvold said, a secret weapon.

    “We have Viking blood,” he said. “You know Viking blood? It doesn’t exist in Canada.”

    The players are salesmen and teachers – one for kindergarten – but mostly they are in building trades, carpenters like Grotnes, electricians and plumbers.

    “If you need anything, just give us a call,” Myrvold said with a laugh. “You can’t call the Canadian team. All they can do is play hockey.”


    Surprisingly, attendance has been disappointing, especially in Halifax where all Canada games have been held so far.

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    Posted by japanstats on 2008 May 14日 Wednesday

    スポーツ専門チャンネル(とウェブサイトと雑誌)のESPN がご丁寧に日本語訳付でダルビッシュ特集を組みました。なかなか読み応えがあります。日本野球の紹介も、結構奥深い事を言ってくれるメンツ(バレンタイン監督、ヒルマン監督、ホワイティング氏等)まで用意してくれてるし。

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