Posted by simon c on 2010 January 15日 Friday
The international tournament that’s been abandoned since 2007 is back.
Nagano Cup 2010!
Feb 11（Thu/Hol） 13:00 Japan v Slovenia; 16:00 Denmark v Kazakhstan
Feb 12 （Fri）16:00 Slovenia v Denmark; 19：00 Japan v Kazakhstan
Feb 13 (Sat) 13：00 Kazakhstan v Slovenia; 16：00 Japan v Denmark
All games at Nagano Big Hat, tickets are 2000 yen.
Unfortunately, the exhibition game announced to be on Feb 9 in Higashifushimi, Tokyo has been cancelled.
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Posted by simon c 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 simon c on 2008 May 10日 Saturday
The great, the good, and the ugly
Canada, of course, in a money grub move have new sweaters for this IIHF 100th anniversary tournament they’re hosting at home. Other teams all have the same Nike template uniforms, which are all boring except for a couple of them. Luckily, all teams wore throwback jerseys from various eras, and they were mostly good.
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