Saturday, April 30, 2011

Why We Like the IIHF World Hockey Championships

Magdalena the Two-Headed Tortoise is the new Paul the Octopus for the 2011 IIHF Championships
We've discussed our passion for the World Juniors, now it's time to share our passion for the IIHF World Hockey Championships. Every spring, hockey fans are treated to Stanley Cup Playoff hockey, but they are also treated to a little international action at the Worlds. The tournament usually features some pretty talented players from teams that didn't qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and there are usually late editions to rosters if a team is knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. This year the tournament is being held in Bratislava and KoŇ°ice, Slovakia (hopefully this repairs the tourism damage done by the movie Hostel to the region). The tournament does not garner the same attention as the World Juniors or Olympics, but it is still a legendary tournament with a rich history worth watching.

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?

9 comments:

  1. Rick Nash needs to get out of Columbus and start playing some playoff hockey.

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  2. That girl is hot, sweet song too

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  3. Always nice to see this year's Skodas!

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  4. Forgot about Anson Carter's goal. It's been awhile since Canada has won this tourny. I have a feeling this is our year.

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  5. Listen up. The only real way to save the Coyotes at this point is with this:

    "The Green Bay Packers Board of Directors is the organization that serves as the owner of record for the Green Bay Packers football club. The Packers have been a publicly owned, non-profit corporation since August 18, 1923."

    That's right, a board of directors type of ownership where anybody, anywhere who wants the Coyotes to stay in Glendale can purchase a stake into the team. Best of all, the taxpayers of Glendale (especially the ones who don't support the team) don't have to fork over a single penny if they don't want to. Remember, if the taxpayers are not paying for it, then Goldwater backs off.

    I know that the NHL board of governors are not crazy about a Green Bay Packers type of ownership, but if they (and the Glendale city council) really want the Coyotes to stay, then they have no choice but to make an exception to the Coyotes and allow them to have a board of directors type of ownership.

    So for those of you who want the Coyotes to stay, spread the word. Get this message posted to as many places as possible while there's still time and if you can get this message to Gary Bettman and the B.O.G., that's even better. With everybody's help, the Coyotes will be saved! So spread the word right now or watch the Coyotes relocate to Winnipeg or Kansas City instead.

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  6. Love that you are trying to save your team. But most hockey fans don't think hockey should be in the desert.

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  7. Love that you guys got spammed by some fans trying to save the Coyotes..lol

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  8. Canada beat the Swiss in Overtime today. The Swiss have really become a tough team for Canada to beat of late.

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  9. Dion made another guy choke on his tongue
    amazing:)

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