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Swiss Team HC Lugano Expected to Play at Spengler Cup

According to Switzerland journalist Flavio Viglezio, HC Lugano is expected to be named as the second Swiss team at the 2015 Spengler Cup, joining the hosts from HC Davos. This past season, HC Lugano finished third in the 12 team NLA league, eventually falling in the quarter-finals to Geneve-Servette, the winner of the past two Spengler Cup tournaments. This year, the team will...
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German National Team Relieves Head Coach Pat Cortina

Just days after the 2015 World Championships came to a close, the German Ice Hockey Federation has decided not to renew coach Pat Cortina’s contract for the future. A native of Montreal, Quebec, Cortina, 50, has had a long history of coaching internationally. Cortina got his international start with the 1992 Italian Olympic team, acting as an assistant coach for the last place...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Canada is on Top of the World, Lead IIHF World Rankings

Following an incredible 10-0-0-0 record at the 2015 World Championships, Team Canada has reclaimed first overall in the IIHF World Rankings. For Canada, it’s been a long time since the country was on top of the IIHF chart. After the 2010 Olympics, in which Canada won their second gold medal in the four times NHLer’s were allowed to participate, Canada was considered to be the...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Do It For McEichel: The NHL Needs to go to PyeongChang

Do it for McEichel. In 2006, the NHL had an incredible opportunity. For the first time since the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, the NHL’s best players would have the chance to compete at the Winter Olympics again. This time, however, it wasn’t in a prime spot. It was in Turin, Italy, not exactly known to be a hockey hotspot. Earlier in the NHL season, two living hockey legends...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking Back at One of the Best World Championships of Our Generation

The World Championships are truly something else. To some hockey fans, the World Championships are a joke. The fact that it’s not best-on-best makes them turn away from the two week event in April. For them, it’s clear: they’re missing out on some of the best, if not THE BEST, hockey of the year. I watched all 64 of the games this year and covered over 50 of them myself. It...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cody Eakin Gives Canada 1-0 Lead in Exciting Final Match

Canada will take a 1-0 lead into the second period after an incredible start to the gold medal game against Russia on Sunday. Game #64. This was it. The top two teams all tournament long battling it out for the gold medal. It was a fitting way to end a spectacular tournament, and right off the bat, the action was tremendous. Sergei Bobrovsky was the busier of the two goaltenders...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bonino, Lewis Score as USA Leads Czechs 2-0 in Bronze Medal Game

The Americans started off the bronze medal game at the World Championships on a high note, scoring two goals in the opening period to take the 2-0 lead over the Czech Republic. A big story heading into the game revolved around Jaromír Jágr. After coming out of national team retirement at the age of 43, there has been the expectation that the hometown tournament in Prague would...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

World Championship Finals Preview: Crosby vs Ovechkin? Yes Please

Expected lineup: Canada Taylor Hall-Sidney Crosby-Jordan Eberle Ryan O’Reilly-Claude Giroux-Tyler Seguin Nathan MacKinnon-Matt Duchene-Jason Spzza Tyler Ennis-Sean Couturier-Tyler Toffoli Cody Eakin Dan Hamhuis-Brent Burns Jake Muzzin-Tyson Barrie Patrick Wiercioch-Aaron Ekblad David Savard Mike Smith in net. Russia: Alex Ovechkin-Viktor Tikhonov-Sergei Plotnikov Sergei...
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USA Gains Late Momentum, Still Tied 0-0 Against Russia

USA and Russia played to a scoreless first period after some good chances at both ends in the second semi-final match of the day. Just under two weeks ago, the same two teams battled it out in an exciting preliminary round game, with the Americans eventually taking the 5-2 victory. This time, however, the Russians came back hungrier than ever. Finishing just two points behind the...
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Another Goal by Taylor Hall Gives Canada 1-0 Lead Over Czech Republic

A beautiful passing play led Canada to the first goal of the game, with the Canadian’s taking the 1-0 lead after a period against the Czech Republic. The hosts had some incredible scoring chances right off the bat. First, Jaromir Jagr, the most popular player at the tournament, made a 100ft pass to Roman Cervenka, whose breakaway went to waste after Jake Muzzin scared him into...
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Slovakia, Switzerland Get World Championships; 2016 Events Finalized

The IIHF announced today that the World Championships in 2019 and 2020 have been awarded to Slovakia and Switzerland respectively. As an independent country, Slovakia has only hosted one World Championship when the world’s top teams made their way out to Bratislava and Kosice in 2011. The tournament will once again return to those two cities, eight years after Slovakia’s disappointing...
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Ireland Releases Statement, Will Keep IIHF Status for Near Future

The Irish Ice Hockey Federation released a statement via Facebook today, announcing that they will be able to keep their IIHF status for the near future. “Following a very successful IIHF Congress the IIHA are delighted to announce the we will retain our membership status with the international federation. Many issues were discussed, including the issue of a permanent Ice Rink...
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Turkmenistan Becomes 74th Member of the IIHF

With the whole hockey world focused on the Czech Republic right now, the IIHF has announced that Turkmenistan has been admitted as an associate member, becoming the 74th official member of the federation. Not known for it’s hockey heritage, Turkmenistan has had some activity over the past few years. The country has three indoor ice rinks, with the biggest one, the Winter Sports...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ageless Hero Jagr Leads Czech Win

A packed house of passionate Czechs and Jaromir Jagr look-a-likes was enough to lift Team Czech Republic above the strong Finnish opposition in a 5-3 win, as the Czechs clinched a berth into the 2015 IIHF World Championship semi-finals. The Czech Republic third line gave them the lead midway through the 1st period, as Jan Kovar one timed a quick pass from the corner by Martin Erat...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Russia Leads Sweden 2-0 in Quarter-Final Matchup

In a game that many people would have preferred to happen later in the tournament, Russia has a 2-0 lead over the Swedes after a period of play. Jhonas Enroth had to be very busy right away. The championship winning goaltender for Sweden at the 2013 World Championships, Enroth made six saves in the first three minutes alone as the action proved to be very stellar right off the bad...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tyler Seguin Scores Three, Canada Beats Belarus 9-0 to Advance

Canada would score nine goals on 50 shots on Thursday, beating Belarus 9-0 to advance to the semi-finals on Saturday. It took Canada just 27 seconds to find the back of the net. On the first good scoring chance of the contest, Sidney Crosby made a solid pass from the corner to find Brent Burns, who was streaking right into the offensive zone before roofing it over Kevin LaLande for...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Canada Explodes for Four Goals in 4-0 Lead Over Belarus

A dominant opening period by the Canadians allowed them to take a 4-0 lead in a do-or-die game against Belarus in the first period. It took Canada just 27 seconds to find the back of the net. On the first good scoring chance of the contest, Sidney Crosby made a solid pass from the corner to find Brent Burns, who was streaking right into the offensive zone before roofing it over Kevin...
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Switzerland Leads Americans 1-0 After Beautiful Goal by Josi

The Americans found themselves trailing by a goal after a period at the quarter-finals, with a goal by Roman Josi giving Switzerland the 1-0 lead. With both teams being more defensive minded, a high scoring game wasn’t to be expected. For Switzerland, their back end has always been their biggest asset, with their best players being Roman Josi and Mark Streit. Their shutdown nature...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

World Championship Quarter-Final Preview: Are We in for Some Surprises?

Team USA (1B) vs. Team Switzerland (4A) (9:15am EST) Michal Eger / ČSLHAll time World Championship Series: USA Leads 15-8-1 USA’s 2015 WC Record: 5-1-0-1, 22 goals Special Teams: 4/22=18.18%, (PP, 8th), 2/22=90.91 (PK, 4th) USA’s Tournament Highlight: 4-2 victory in game three over the favoured Russians Switzerland’s 2015 WC Record: 4-0-2-1, 12 goals Special Teams:...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Rinne, Bobrovsky Shine as Finland Trickles Past Russia

In a game featuring two superstar goaltenders between the pipes, Finland and Russia played a truly amazing game to end the preliminary round of the World Championships, with the former taking the game 3-2 on Tuesday. Russia grabbed the first goal of the contest. With two minutes left on the clock, Petri Kontiola lost a battle against Evgeni Malkin in along the boards. Malkin then...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Czechs Overcome Early Swiss Lead, Set for Game Against Finland

The preliminary round of the World Championships ended on Tuesday with the Czech Republic taking the 2-1 win in the shootout over the Swiss. For both teams, all this game really meant was that they both had chances to pad their stats and warm up for their quarter-final matches. Both teams really were curious about the results of the Finland vs Russia game in Ostrava, with the loser...
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France, Latvia Stay Alive as Austria Gets Relegated Once Again

After what can only be considered one of the best hockey games of the year, France and Latvia will stay alive and Austria will sent back to Division IA after the French were able to take down the Latvians 3-2 in the shootout. Neither Latvia or France have been able to score a lot in this tournament. For Latvia, the team only had nine goals in six games heading into the tournament...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Americans Lead Deflated Slovaks 2-0

With the Americans hoping to clinch first place in Group B, the heavily favoured team got to a quick start, taking a 2-0 lead over the Slovaks in the first period. Slovakia’s Jan Laco was busy right off the bat. In fact, it took just over two minutes for the first potential goal. Steve Moses had an initial chance stopped early on, and after a scramble in front, there was confusion...
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Canada Destroys Austria 10-1 to Finish Preliminary Round

It wasn’t their biggest blowout of the tournament, but Canada’s 10-1 victory against Austria on Tuesday proved to be a solid way to end the preliminary round of the World Championships. To Canada, this game meant nothing other than to try some new line combinations before their first quarter-final game on Thursday. Canada expected to win this game to go 7-0-0-0 in the preliminary...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

France Now in Do-or-Die Mode After 4-2 Loss to Tre Kronor

France will have one last chance to stick around in the top division of the World Championships after dropping a 4-2 decision to Sweden on Monday. Today’s game against Sweden wasn’t necessarily a must win for them, but it was surely important. A victory today would give France six points heading into their final meeting with Latvia tomorrow, while a loss would mean that they...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss
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