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PostSubject: Ice hockey world cup   Fri Sep 09, 2016 4:26 pm

Any hockey fans?

NHL driven ice hockey World Cup begins in about a week. This is the super tournament of ice hockey with every national team having the best players. I will be clued to my tele for this one.
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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:09 pm

I've tried to get into hockey but I just can't because I have such a hard time following the puck.  Shows you how much faster the game of hockey is than baseball because theoretically I should have the same problem with baseball but I don't.  It might also be because in hockey the players all congregate around the puck and take swipes at it; baseball is more of a one-on-one sport, player vs ball.

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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:20 pm

I love hockey because it´s fast and physical.

The Wolrd cup is the elite tournament, because all best players are involved. Canada hast the toughest team and propably there isn´t real challenger this time. Russia is weaker, and propably team USA cannot compete Canada.

Team Finland isn´t very tough this time. We have lots of talent, but unfortunately there´s much unexperienced players. But I hope the best.
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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:30 pm

Did you Toho knew that the national game of Finland is actually a version of American baseball. Finnish 'pesäpallo' was formed in 1910. It looks a litte bit same with the baseball, but the pitching and tactics are different.

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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:23 am

Cool, that's pretty interesting. I've never even heard of that before.


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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:42 am

I enjoy getting out to a hockey game now and then, but I don't follow it too closely like I used to.

Canada is always one of the favorites in these tournaments.

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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:23 pm

Hockey is best in a live situations.

I´d say that Canada is always the number one fav. if there is all NHL players involved. You have long tradition with the game and huge mass of players.

I think we Finns have been quite good. We have little bit over 5 million people in our country, the mass of players isn´t very huge, but with good coaching we have had a little succes. This year there won´t be, we have the weakest national team in years.

But I´m still watching all of the games.
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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:46 am

I live near Winnipeg, so we have a great connection to Finnish players because of Teemu Selänne.

My wife just told me last night that her work rented a box for a game against Edmonton Oilers. I can't remember the date, but her and I are going, and food and drinks are included.

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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:36 pm

Teemu is a great player, but surprisingly he has never been my favourite.

I think fe. Saku Koivu (ex Montreal Canadiens captain) had more heart in his playing. From the new generation I admire Aleksander Barkov (Florida Panthers), not much of a skater but exellent in reading the game.

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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:33 am

Koivu was good, but didn't seem to have luck with injuries.

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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:27 pm

It has been bad bad bad bad playing from Team Finland in this tournament. Two games, only one goal. The North American young stars wiped us out of the planet. I have never seen our team sucking so bad. But... all glory to the young stars, there is huge load of talent.
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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:00 am

I know there are a lot of rising young stars in the NHL these days. However, you don't hear much about young players from Finland.

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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:40 pm

Yeah. There has been some quiet years, but actually now there´s a bunch of super talented Finns coming to NHL.

This years NHL draft:

1. Toronto - Auston Matthews, USA
2. Winnibeg - Patrik Laine, Finland
3. Colorado - Pierre-Luc Dubois, Canada
4. Edmonton - Jesse Puljujarvi, Finland
5. Vancouver - Olli Juolevi, Finland

And for next year there´s coming even more talents. It seems that the quiet years are over. I hope these guys make it and create great careers.
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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:07 am

Anyone Toronto drafts usually bombs! They are a cursed team.

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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:57 pm

onebigfish wrote:
Anyone Toronto drafts usually bombs! They are a cursed team.

Well, that is Auston Mathews´s problem I think.




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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:43 am

Canada won again.

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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Sat Oct 01, 2016 4:42 pm

Yeah. That was actually very clear from the very beginning. Team Europe was a surprising finalist though, and Team USA failed totally.

I think this tournament was very uninspiring. It is not the best time to play it before the actual season has started. Players were not at their best. I think the whole tournament would have been better at the end of the year or at the start of the next year. Then the players would have been more sharp.
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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:02 pm

Both Patrik Laine and Auston Mathews have been on fire!!

I think that Toronto spell you were talking isn´t functioning OBF.
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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:46 am

The Leafs' goaltending is horrendous so far though.

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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Sun May 21, 2017 2:36 pm

At the moment Team Canada vs. Team Sweden in final of ice hockey world championships.

My heart goes for Canada. Sweden dropped Team Finland in semi-finals. May they rot.. Thumbs down Thumbs down
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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Thu May 25, 2017 8:42 am

I haven't been able to follow it due to everything else being so busy.

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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Thu May 25, 2017 8:42 am

But yeah, go Canada!

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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Sat Jun 03, 2017 6:26 pm

Sweden won that, unfortunately.
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PostSubject: Re: Ice hockey world cup   Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:54 am

They did have a strong team.

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