Monday, May 16, 2011

Wrapping Up The Worlds

It's been an eventful two weeks in Slovakia at the World Hockey Championships and it all came to end last night with a Finland Gold Medal. While not always a top calibre player tournament, it is always a fun watch as you're always guaranteed a few surprises.  Here are some stats and facts from the tournament you might have missed:

  • Other countries are catching up with the regular hockey powers - Germany won their preliminary group, and Norway made it into the playoff round.
  • Your 2011 Leading Scorer - Jarkko Immonen of Finland with 9 goals and 3 assists.
  • This was the official song of the tournament - Kristina - Life is a Game, but we really only ever heard this DJ Otzi Hey Baby! song
  • Belarus and Latvia escaped relegation to the Division 1 tournament, which would have been huge setbacks to those nations, but someone has to get sent down and this year its Slovenia and Austria.
  • On that note, Italy and Kazakhstan will be in the World Championship's next year after winning their pools in Division 1.
  • Did you know that through 5 games, Alex Ovechkin failed to register a single point.
  • After a point-per-game performance at the tournament and earning best forward as selected by the Directorate, Jaromir Jagr and the NHL rumours are swirling.
  • Former NHLers, Pavol Demitra an Jozef Stumpel of Slovakia, had the best faceoff percentages in the tournament with 70% and 68.18% respectively.
  • Best goalie in the tournament - Viktor Fasth - posted a 1.74 GAA, a .945 SV% and 3 shutouts on his way to leading Sweden to a silver medal.
  • Canada slips 2 spots in the World Rankings to 4th, with Russia retaining 1st, Finland jumping 3 spots to 2nd, and Sweden holding down the 3rd spot.
  • Throughout the tournament, the IIHF website provided their own Power Rankings with terrible jokes and puns about the progress of teams at the Championships (Example: USA, 8th - Palin still contemplating run for USA Hockey presidency).
  • Powerplay specialists Latvia had the #1 ranked powerplay in the tournament with 8 man-advantage goals and a 27.59%.
  • Apparently Europeans don't appreciate the North America style of play as Canada and USA sat 10th and 11th respectively for average attendance throughout the tournament.
  • And finally, your Goal of the Tournament by 2010 9th overall draft pick Mikael Granlund:

10 comments:

  1. I could care less about this tournament, didn't watch one game. Even if I wanted to they're all during the game. The USA should host this tournament very soon instead of having it in North America every 100 years. No wonder players don't go to play in it.

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  2. "Apparently Europeans don't appreciate the North America style of play as Canada and USA sat 10th and 11th respectively for average attendance throughout the tournament."
    If Canada or USA had played in Bratislava they would have had much higher attendance.

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  3. Immonen was a leafs draft pick...

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  4. No doubt Viera, or even if they had advanced past the Quarterfinals they would have played more games at the Orange Arena. Just thought the attendance stat was noteworthy, even though it was influenced by location and capacity (Bratislava seats 10,115; Kosice, 8378). Canada and USA games didn't really come close to selling out the smaller barn either; with two of Canada's games only being attended by under 5,000 spectators, and the USA having under 5,000 four times.

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  5. So are the are Leafs going to sign Viktor Fasth ??

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  6. I can't believe the Finns won gold. They have what 6 million people in their country??

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  7. Kristina is hot
    When is she touring in Canada?
    :)

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  8. What a sick goal by Granlund. The fact he did that while skating, instead of just standing still like a few other goals that have been scored that way just make it that much better.
    WOW

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  9. Ovechkin must be hurt or something. How does he not even get one point in 5 games.

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  10. Ovechkin does seem like a different player. Just doesn't have that explosive speed anymore.

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