Hockey has gone global. At least as global as it can at the moment, taken into consideration that little hockey is played in Latin America or Asia or Africa. But within in the hockey community, there are few isolated pockets anymore.
That’s why the New York Rangers Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s mask is decorated with a commemorative “Liv 1” sticker just like all goalies in the Swedish Elitserien have. The idea was Linköping’s Finnish goalie Fredrik Norrena’s who was just as shocked as everybody else with the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv’s - Liv’s team’s - plane crash.
There are Finnish players and coaches in Russia, Americans in Sweden, and Canadian coaches and players … well, everywhere.
We all tweet and text, and information travels faster than ever. Anything interesting happening in Russia tonight will be on Kuklas Korner by the time it’s time for New Yorkers to go home. (If New Yorkers went home at 5 pm like people in Sweden).
Unfortunately, even the problems travel fast....