|Magdalena the Two-Headed Tortoise is the new Paul the Octopus for the 2011 IIHF Championships|
Here's why we like the IIHF World Hockey Championships
- Team Canada's captain Rick Nash is becoming the new Ryan Smyth of representing Canada.
- Young players often get a chance to play at the senior level of international play, almost like a graduation ceremony for players such as Jordan Eberle, John Tavares, Luke Schenn and Jeff Skinner (who might we add is still available to play in the World Junior Championships next year).
- There is always guaranteed close ups of good looking European girls.
- The tournament is rarely held in North America, so the games are often in the morning and early afternoon, which during the playoffs is perfect.
- Unknown players get to represent their country, who the hell is Mario Scalzo on Team Canada?
- There must be something about the bigger ice surface because there is always a lot of dirty dangles.
- Anson Carter's 2003 overtime goal.
- After every big hit, you'll hear disapproving whistling from the European fans.
- European fans like to dress up, it's a little goofy, but awesome at the same time.
- You get to watch Toronto Maple Leafs players play hockey in late April and May.
- With 16 teams in the tournament and relegation for the bottom two teams, every game is important - even Denmark vs. Slovenia.
- There are always big upsets.
- There is never a clear favourite to win the tournament.
- The music played in the European arenas is always 10 years behind with lots of Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams being played.
- The host Slovaks have created a mascot named Goooly, and even have an official song for the tournament called Life is a Game by Kristina... we're going to have "eh eh, life is a game" stuck in our head for awhile, eh?