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    Thanks for clearing that up. The school system...

    Thanks for clearing that up. The school system really is a pretty interesting concept. I can see why the experienced coaches would reject being supervised by a inexperienced authority figure who,...
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    It has become very quiet lately which is sad...

    It has become very quiet lately which is sad though the average age when IHF started was low and now many people are busier unfortunately. Thanks for keeping the thread alive as most of us probably...
  3. It depends on format. Two groups of four cuts...

    It depends on format. Two groups of four cuts organizer costs by reducing accommodation, ice rental, etc. It could also depend on facilities. Kyrgyzstan hosted a Challenge Cup before that only had...
  4. In that case...

    In that case...
  5. Thread: 2019 U20 Div IA

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    Thanks mate!

    Thanks mate!
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    The Chinese government believes by citizenship...

    The Chinese government believes by citizenship though parents. With the number of expats in China, there are strong rumors that dual nationality may become tolerated. Since China says you are not a...
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    Maybe just one, Aleksandr Petrov, based on his...

    Maybe just one, Aleksandr Petrov, based on his new "number." He may not be the only one, seeing as there are several new names in the program. Either way, if it is only Petrov, it is kind of...
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    With the negative comes the positive. Hopefully...

    With the negative comes the positive. Hopefully VEU can raise the necessary budget to operate a reasonably competitive club. It is disappointing to see a club withdraw mid-season though.
  9. I wouldn't count the Dane Train out yet. ...

    I wouldn't count the Dane Train out yet. Kazakhstan teams have a habit of choking. I was pleasantly surprised to see the score but Denmark carried play.
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    It is quite sad to see this, not least forgetting...

    It is quite sad to see this, not least forgetting CIHA pulling the plug on Dragon to find more competitive matches. With the expectation of China starting its own league, I don't see any new teams...
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    China gets auto entry as the 12th men's team. ...

    China gets auto entry as the 12th men's team. Women's tournament could be up to 10 teams.

    One hopes the "gubment" makes manslaughter legal or all the other teams will be detained. Or expect a...
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    Perhaps they have also discovered the stagnation...

    Perhaps they have also discovered the stagnation of their development and will enter both to get more competitive international games? Seems a bit daft since they could play with the UAE far more...
  13. Thread: The FHL

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    Independent baseball leagues do the same thing,...

    Independent baseball leagues do the same thing, even for entire seasons. Granted, there is a lot more professional-level talent across baseball than there is in hockey, I fear.

    The league just...
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    Isn't this the second time they've withdrawn from...

    Isn't this the second time they've withdrawn from a Challenge Cup?
  15. Thread: 2018 Olympics

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    Sticky: If I were a betting man... I'm broke anyway so...

    If I were a betting man...

    I'm broke anyway so it doesn't matter. But that surely would have made a lot of money. :c032:
  16. Thread: 2018 Olympics

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    Sticky: What year is this? 2010, 2014, or are we finally...

    What year is this? 2010, 2014, or are we finally in 2018? :c032:
  17. Thread: 2018 Olympics

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    Sticky: The World Rankings on Wikipedia are a little...

    The World Rankings on Wikipedia are a little ahead of themselves. By the official rankings, ROK are 22nd and DPRK 25th.

    The IIHF has to stop publishing stories about the parity in the women's...
  18. Thread: 2018 Olympics

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    Sticky: True but I think the NHL-experience argument...

    True but I think the NHL-experience argument doesn't hold much weight this year based on who is available. The KHL could be the benchmark league and no surprise that Russia has the most KHLers...
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    Sticky: Hmmm, the team of "Olympic athletes from Russia*"...

    Hmmm, the team of "Olympic athletes from Russia*" formerly known as the Soviet Union competed under the Olympic flag in '92 and how did that go?

    Deja vu if Conesy's prophecy comes true.

    * Only...
  20. Thread: 2018 U20 Div III

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    I suppose the game was cancelled because of World...

    I suppose the game was cancelled because of World Championship regulations concerning teams' schedules as no team can play three consecutive days but that's kind of a bummer. Sure, the Taipei team...
  21. Thread: 2018 Olympics

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    Sticky: No name players, perhaps. Ben Scrivens is a big...

    No name players, perhaps. Ben Scrivens is a big name. If he stays in his crease and doesn't play the puck, he tends to be a bit more anonymous. :c032:
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    Sticky: Canada is a no name team? My prediction is...

    Canada is a no name team?

    My prediction is we'll see a pretty competitive men's tournament. I'll have to put the Korean men in last place but only because there won't be placement games. I think...
  23. Thread: 2018 U20 Div III

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    Unless the national junior team plays in the...

    Unless the national junior team plays in the national league, after all, Slovakia and the USA have such "league" national teams.

    Obviously, the OCA and IIHF have very different eligibility...
  24. Thread: 2018 U20 Div III

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    This isn't too much of a surprise given the...

    This isn't too much of a surprise given the expensive and (presumably) troublesome travel arrangements. It is very disappointing and by IIHF bylaws, they should be fined for this withdrawal.

    One...
  25. Thread: 2018 Olympics

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    Sticky: Korea will have a women's team with a final...

    Korea will have a women's team with a final roster of 35 players thanks to the inclusion of a dozen players from the North. Game day rosters will be the normal size, however, a minimum of three DPRK...
  26. Remember how Canada was spuriously accused of...

    Remember how Canada was spuriously accused of intentionally losing to Switzerland at the 2006 Olympics? That tournament went well for them...

    Let's not forget that Sweden pushed the Americans to...
  27. Canada and the USA will always have the advantage...

    Canada and the USA will always have the advantage in women's hockey due to sheer weight of numbers. That said, from the time the Russian NGB put attention into the women's game, results have climbed...
  28. Thread: China Sharks

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    Much like China Dragon before them, their website...

    Much like China Dragon before them, their website isn't in Chinese. Not only that, but it's a Russian-registered site so that doesn't bode well for maintaining the team. At the home game against...
  29. Thread: China Sharks

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    I don't think they actually have the potential. ...

    I don't think they actually have the potential. The population numbers might be high in Manchuria (let's be realistic here, most of the country has never seen ice, let alone a hockey stick), and...
  30. Thread: China Sharks

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    Amazing stuff, yet very believable, sadly. I...

    Amazing stuff, yet very believable, sadly. I always wondered what had happened to Wang Zhiqiang. Such 'management' probably explains why I couldn't get tickets for a game I tried to attend in...
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    Somewhat worrying is Kyrgyzstan's opening game...

    Somewhat worrying is Kyrgyzstan's opening game roster has four suspended players. Despite Russian-ethnic names on the roster, none of them are suspended which would have indicated possible...
  32. That looks like a wild game which prompts me to...

    That looks like a wild game which prompts me to say that I have no idea who my ISP is but :c105: them. It went kaput right after they came back from the early delay due to the broken bench door.
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    That was a great read. Thanks for posting it. ...

    That was a great read. Thanks for posting it. It is surprising to me just how few players are in a given age group for Slovakia. I would have thought those numbers would have been higher but, as...
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    I think the World Championships are officially...

    I think the World Championships are officially restricted to 46 teams, though we had an 8-team Division III last year.
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    The Malaysian federation has posted a notice to...

    The Malaysian federation has posted a notice to players for the Women's Division I tournament they will host. They are confirming participation by India, UAE, Philippines, and themselves.
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    I can understand UAE because of the hectic...

    I can understand UAE because of the hectic schedule of AWG, CCoA, and IHWC from last year led to some disappointing results. In 2018 we are due for another Gulf championship so they'll have an eye...
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    I'm not entirely sure if that's 100% appropriate...

    I'm not entirely sure if that's 100% appropriate for the Welcome Forum.

    Maniwaki, great place for a rally!
  38. Thread: 2017 iihf wc

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    Well played, Conesy. The hate of the shootout...

    Well played, Conesy.

    The hate of the shootout is popping up more and more but I suppose the important part is that means we are having more closely-contested games than before and that's the...
  39. Thread: 2017 iihf wc

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    Only if they score 16 more PIMs to "win" the...

    Only if they score 16 more PIMs to "win" the tournament.
  40. Kazakhstan has also had a less noteworthy...

    Kazakhstan has also had a less noteworthy naturalisation of Russians via Barys Astana as well. Even prior to that, they routinely relied on dual-nationals but those were normally Kazakh-raised and...
  41. That's how I see it too. Let's be realistic here...

    That's how I see it too. Let's be realistic here too, Oberliga isn't exactly a highly visible league, whereas EBEL teams like AV19 and Medvescak (as of next year again) have good exposure and offer...
  42. Not a bad effort from Kuzmik's opening goal...

    Not a bad effort from Kuzmik's opening goal either. Cool is definitely an apt description for Bartalis' goal.
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    That game has been archived on YouTube, so if you...

    That game has been archived on YouTube, so if you wanted to...
  44. Thread: 2018 Olympics

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    Sticky: "For fear of being injured for the NHL season."...

    "For fear of being injured for the NHL season." :c032:
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    Sticky: Though it arguably benefits them more, as far as...

    Though it arguably benefits them more, as far as medal chances go, as Canadian and American teams will be greatly weakened compared to the losses suffered by the European nations and Korea.

    Fuck...
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    Innovative format but it would lead to a handful...

    Innovative format but it would lead to a handful of ugly scores, which is the very reason the AWG Divisions were established to avoid, though I like the placement round robin. The proposed medal...
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    There aren't that many possibilities but with the...

    There aren't that many possibilities but with the OCA having moved the AWG to the pre-Olympic year, it wouldn't surprise me to see Beijing get it as a means to hold their demonstration events. That...
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    Not so fast! Japan has been a bogey team for...

    Not so fast! Japan has been a bogey team for Kazakhstan before and this is not an A-list squad from the steppes. The Koreans have the advantage of playing China last, after the Japanese and Kazakhs...
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    Macau will play the Philippines who have defeated...

    Macau will play the Philippines who have defeated Kuwait 8-3 in another penalty filled affair. Turkmenistan, as mentioned, play for 1st in the division against Kyrgyzstan in a Central Asian affair.
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    When Tom speaks, Sapporo listens...

    When Tom speaks, Sapporo listens.
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