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    Masters (40+) division scores:

    RUSSIA 11, USA 6

    CANADA 12, ISRAEL 0

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    Men's Open division scores:

    UKRAINE 12, ISRAEL 3
    Ukraine led 4-0 at the end of the first period, and 10-2 at the end of the second. The score was 7-2 in the late stages of the second, when Ukraine had a power play on a major penalty, and scored three quick goals. Israel's first goals of the tournament were scored by Daniel Mazour (who had 2), and Shlomo Levy. Israel has had Avihu Sorotzky and Alex Loginov splitting time in goal, and this game was no different in that respect. Sorotzky played the second & third periods. He had a very weak second, but a very strong third period. I am advised that Zhitnik & Klementyiev both played at about 50% of what they could have.

    CANADA 6, USA 1
    This one was a tight game for a while before the Canadians pulled away. Canada was led by a hat trick from Adam Henrich, who recently completed a contract in Italy's Serie A and has signed to play this upcoming season with the Coventry Blaze in the British Elite League. Israel's top offenseman at this year's IIHF D.2B tournament, Dan Erlich (a dual-nat playing with Canada in this event), also had a goal.

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    Junior (U19) division score:

    CANADA 12, ISRAEL 1


    Men's Masters (40+) division scores:

    USA 5, ISRAEL 2

    CANADA 11, RUSSIA 5

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    Here's a really cool video from a TV station covering the Maccabiah games.....it talks about hockey returning to the Maccabiah and has a bunch of interviews and video coverage from the 2009 World Jewish Cup (both men's and junior footage).

    Interesting sidenote......the video refers to the 2009 World Jewish Cup as an exhibition sport for the 2009 Maccabiah games, which is actually incorrect.

    Among others, former NHL'er and multiple Stanley Cup winner Jeff Beukeboom (who coached one of the two Canadian junior teams at the 2009 tournament) is interviewed. This shows the Metula rink pre-renovation.

    http://jltv.tv/videos.php?id=59&play=1637

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    Here's another really great video from the JLTV station. This one focuses on the 2013 Canadian Maccabiah team. You get to see a bunch of practice footage, some footage of the Maccabiah Games opening ceremonies in Jerusalem, and interviews with head coach Guy Carbonneau (ex-Montreal Canadiens player, coach & Stanley Cup winner), assistant coach Wayne Primeau (ex-NHL player), & player Adam Henrich.

    http://jltv.tv/videos.php?id=59&play=1639

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    Men's Open Division scores:

    CANADA 13, ISRAEL 2
    Israel received goals from national team veteran depth players Evgeni Kniter and Marek Lebedev....good to see those guys produce. I am told that Canada played this game at about 10% of what it could have except for in spurts. From what I heard, if the Canadians really had wanted to press the issue, the score would have been more like 20-2. Canada knew from its first game against this Israeli squad (a 15-0 win) that it didn't need to come out at full strength.

    USA 6, UKRAINE 0
    The score was 0-0 after the first period, and stood at only 1-0 halfway through the game before the Americans found a way to turn the score into a rout. A surprisingly dominant win for the Maccabi USA squad over an older - but very, very skilled - Ukrainian side.

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    Junior (U19) Division score:

    USA 4, CANADA 3
    Good win for the Americans over a Canadian squad that dominated them 4-0 the other day. The Americans get a final tuneup vs. Israel tomorrow, and then will have the rubber match for the gold medal against Canada on 7-26-13. Winless Israel will get a bronze medal in the Junior event by virtue of there only being three teams participating, but they simply have not been competitive against the American or Canadian squads.
    Last edited by Marc Brunengraber; 25-07-2013 at 13:55. Reason: Corrected typo

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    Masters (40+) Division scores:

    CANADA 6, ISRAEL 3
    Other than a 12-0 loss to this same Canadian squad the other day, the Israeli team has been competitive in the Masters event. They are, however, winless, just like the Israeli squads in the Open and Junior tournaments.

    USA 6, RUSSIA 5
    Another good American win here at the Maccabiah games, avenging a Russian win (in a rout) against them from earlier in the week. The USA Masters team has bounced back from an 0-2 start to level its record at 2-2.
    Last edited by Marc Brunengraber; 25-07-2013 at 22:31. Reason: corrected typo

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    Junior (U19) Division score:

    USA 11, ISRAEL 3

    The next (& final) Junior/U19 game will be USA vs. Canada for the gold medal.

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    Masters (40+) Division score:

    RUSSIA 3, ISRAEL 2 (OT)
    Israel shockingly had a chance to win this game. However, Russia found a way to win, and secured the bronze medal in the Masters tournament. Israel's Masters team ended up winless, but became the first Israeli team in this year's Maccabiah to earn a point.

    The USA and Canada will face off later on today for the Masters Division gold medal.

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    Video clips from Canada's 6-1 win over the USA in the Men's Open Division:

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zpdrqg6jnxA (Canada goal #1)

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=L5cGdRmciXc (Canada goal #2)

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PoPB2gGMe5s (USA goal)

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Zvu-z7bnz4U (2 USA saves)

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=H7tlvcJDDeI (Canada goal #4)

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=X1Cw5iYZxN4 (Canada goal #5)

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    The link in post #46 also has been updated to show highlights from both USA vs. Ukraine games in the Men's Open Division.

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    In the final Masters (40+) Division game, the USA defeated Canada by a 7-4 score to win the gold medal.
    Last edited by Marc Brunengraber; 27-07-2013 at 15:20.

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    Men's Open Division bronze medal game:

    UKRAINE 9, ISRAEL 5

    Israel's skeleton crew made this a surprisingly close game. Alex Loginov was given the start in goal, and played very well (as did the entire team) until the final ten minutes of the game, when Israel was victimized by successive late penalties and Ukraine put the game away on the power play. The Israelis criticized the successive late penalty calls, but to no avail. The game was only 2-0 for Ukraine after the first period, and 4-3 Ukraine after the second period. Ukraine led 5-4 with ten minutes left to play before blowing the game open in the final ten minutes. Israel received two goals from Itzhak Levy, and one each from Daniel Mazour, Evgeni Kniter, and Evgeni Margoulis.

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    Kol Hakavod!!! Bravissimo!!!

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    Junior (U19) gold medal game:

    CANADA 3, USA 2

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    Men's Open Division gold medal game:

    CANADA 7, USA 1

    Canada again routed the USA to sweep through the tournament undefeated and win the gold medal in convincing fashion. Canada won every game it played in the tournament by a huge margin. I don't have game details yet, but will edit this post when and if they become available.

    Congrats to Guy Carbonneau and the entire Canadian squad on the gold.

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    Final rankings:

    MEN'S OPEN DIVISION:

    1. CANADA
    2. USA
    3. UKRAINE
    4. ISRAEL

    JUNIOR (U19) DIVISION:

    1. CANADA
    2. USA
    3. ISRAEL

    MASTERS (40+) DIVISION:

    1. USA
    2. CANADA
    3. RUSSIA
    4. ISRAEL

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    Video clips from the Men's Open Division gold medal game:

    Canada's second goal: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iHn7FPSkzdg (this clip is over one minute)

    Canada's third goal: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1hwgGLQTdEc

    Canada's fourth goal: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvy1D8SWUAQ

    Canada's fifth goal: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=K1MkZkkdaxc

    Canada's sixth goal: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw9R-EAAfIg (this clip is over one minute)

    USA goal: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm39m9OYfKQ (this clip features almost four minutes of game play)

    Canada's seventh goal: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zs1UAVK73dU

    This USA team was a pretty high level team.....I think Israel, with its very top roster, would be able to beat it (the Israeli roster here lost 14-0 to this USA team), but I think the game would be very competitive regardless of who would win or lose. Certainly this USA team is far weaker than the American 2007 & 2009 gold medal winning squads from the World Jewish Cups, and Israel's top (or nearly top) rosters lost 2-1 and 4-3 to those significantly stronger American teams, which were stacked with pro and NCAA D.I players.

    This Canadian Maccabiah team is a different story. It is far, far stronger than either Canadian World Jewish Cup entry from 2007 & 2009. I don't think any Israeli roster could successfully play against it. They routed every team in the event, and I think they could compete very strongly in the IIHF Division 1B, & maybe even be decent in the IIHF Division 1A. I think this Canadian roster would have beaten the stronger American rosters from 2007 & 2009's World Jewish Cups.

    Every Jew has an automatic right to Israeli citizenship. If Israel somehow got a few more full sized rinks, and was able to attract guys like these Jewish Canadians and Americans to play in an expanded, improved Israeli national league, and take Israeli citizenship, the national team would be really, really strong in just a few years. We've seen in many countries that such a path, without more, does not improve hockey inside of a developing hockey nation. In this case, though, it might have long term benefits, if the league jumped from a very low level to a relatively high level and was able to attract fans and media interest.....because that would lead to government support and more grass roots programs and participation if there was enough public interest and now the teachers capable of really training the youth to play at the next level. Again, though it is a distant dream for now, as there simply aren't any prospects for more rinks. Metula remains the country's only full size rink, as the recent Holon rink is maybe 60% of full size.

    With all of that said, it is nice to see that this is the fourth time that Israel has hosted a world class hockey tournament ('97 & '13 Maccabiahs, '07 & '09 World Jewish Cups). The IIHF should take notice and allow Israel to host an IIHF D.2 event.

    I again want to give respect to the Israeli rosters that competed and tried their best in this event, despite being in way over their heads compared to the competition they faced. They didn't quit, and just competing in the Maccabiah games, which is the world's fourth largest sporting event, is a great thing. If nothing else, the games were the spark that caused the Metula rink to be beautifully renovated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber
    With all of that said, it is nice to see that this is the fourth time that Israel has hosted a world class hockey tournament ('97 & '13 Maccabiahs, '07 & '09 World Jewish Cups). The IIHF should take notice and allow Israel to host an IIHF D.2 event.
    Do they apply to host any events? Last time they did, wasn't it a U18 event that was relocated by force majeur to Miercurea Ciuc? I'd see the IIHF shying away from that potential.
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    Turkey has unrest, border issues with Syria, and occasional extremists, but they recently hosted an IIHF event. No reason Israel couldn't or shouldn't do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    Turkey has unrest, border issues with Syria, and occasional extremists, but they recently hosted an IIHF event. No reason Israel couldn't or shouldn't do so.
    You're right, there is no logical reason why not but sometimes there is no explaining
    the vagaries of international politics and sport.

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    Or the prejudices of international politics and sport...........

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    many thanks again - and you are right about hosting hockey tournaments

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    Or the prejudices of international politics and sport...........
    Marc - many thanks for posting such great comprehensive reviews of the Maccabi tournament.
    It is terrific that you took the time and effort to do so. When researching the past Maccabi hockey games, very little reliable info is available - and it is difficult to piece together rosters and scoring summaries.

    I'm not sure if you are aware - but hockey was played in Maccabi games held in Europe twice in the 1930s - and both times the elements got the better of things.

    The Israelis should be asked to host an IIHF event. There is no reason why they could not do a modest U18 one to begin with, just to show officials that it is possible. Politics do get in the way.

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    I see Israel hosting a U-20 tournament, when that team finally gets ready, which I believe will be for the 2015 world championships.

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    I thought Israel didn't, can't and won't enter a U-20 team, only U-18, due to the two-year required military service for all 18-year-olds?

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    The whole youth system is being rebuilt, and their is more then just talk about making a U-20 team. Word is we were to late in applying for 2014 world championships. But should have a team for 2015, if all goes right

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    Who will populate it? Will kids doing their military service be given time off to play, or will it be a U18 roster playing in a U20 tournament?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steigs View Post
    Who will populate it? Will kids doing their military service be given time off to play, or will it be a U18 roster playing in a U20 tournament?
    I can only assume 18 and 19 year olds will be part of the team.

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    Game highlights, Israel vs. Ukraine (men's division bronze medal game):

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS-Mb2OOeiA

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