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    Nordic Trophy 2006 (Official thread)



    2006-08-08 kl 18.30 Tappara - Djurgården, Vaasa
    2006-08-08 kl 18.30 Kärpät - Färjestad, Uleåborg

    2006-08-09 kl 18.30 TPS - Färjestad, Åbo
    2006-08-09 kl 18.30 HIFK - Djurgården, Helsingfors

    2006-08-10 kl 18.30 Kärpät - Frölunda, Uleåborg
    2006-08-10 kl 18.30 Tappara - Linköping, Kotka

    2006-08-11 kl 18.30 TPS - Frölunda, Åbo
    2006-08-11 kl 18.30 HIFK - Linköping, Helsingfors

    2006-08-15 kl 19.00 Frölunda - Linköping, Kungälv
    2006-08-15 kl 19.00 Djurgården - Färjestad, Enköping
    2006-08-15 kl 18.30 Kärpät - TPS, Uleåborg

    2006-08-17 kl 19.00 Färjestad - Frölunda, Sunne
    2006-08-17 kl 19.00 Linköping - Djurgården, Mjölby
    2006-08-17 kl 18.30 TPS - HIFK, Åbo

    2006-08-22 kl 19.00 Färjestad - HIFK, Örebro (troligen)
    2006-08-22 kl 19.00 Djurgården - Kärpät, Haninge

    2006-08-23 kl 19.00 Frölunda - HIFK, Kungsbacka

    2006-08-24 kl 19.00 Färjestad - Tappara, Hammrö
    2006-08-24 kl 19.00 Djurgården - TPS, Vallentuna
    2006-08-24 kl 19.00 Linköping - Kärpät, Stångebro

    2006-08-25 kl 19.00 Frölunda - Tappara, Frölundaborg
    2006-08-25 kl 19.00 Linköping - TPS, Motala

    2006-08-30 kl 18.30 Tappara - Kärpät, Tammerfors

    2006-09-01 kl 18.30 HIFK - Tappara, Helsingfors

    2006-09-05 kl 19.00 Djurgården - Frölunda, Johanneshov
    2006-09-05 kl 19.00 Linköping - Färjestad, Stångebro
    2006-09-05 kl 18.30 Tappara - TPS, Valkeakoski
    2006-09-05 kl 18.30 HIFK - Kärpät, Helsingfors

    2006-09-09 FINAL 1:an mot 2:an. 1:an spelar hemma.

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    Nordic Trophy kicked off!!

    Nordic Trophy started yesterday with two games. I went to see Kärpät - Färjestad and I'll put in some of my notions.

    Kärpät Oulu - Färjestads BK 4-1 (0-1,2-0,2-0)
    01:07 0-1 Per Åslund (Peter Nordström)
    28:05 1-1 Hannes Hyvönen (Mika Pyörälä,Jouni Loponen)
    37:07 2-1 Mika Pyörälä (Hannes Hyvönen,Jari Viuhkola)
    49:26 3-1 Viktor Ujcik (Janne Pesonen,Tomi Mustonen)
    52:32 4-1 Veikko Karppinen (Atvars Tribuncovs,Topi Jaakola)

    SOG: 31-17 (4-11,19-0 :eek: ,10-6)
    Goalies: Jaakko Suomalainen KÄR, Christopher Heino-Lindberg FÄR
    Penalties: KÄR 7x2,1x5,1x20 FÄR 6x2,1x5,1x10,1x20
    Ref: Jyri Rönn
    Att: 3 051

    Awards:
    *** Mika Pyörälä, KÄR
    ** Veikko Karppinen, KÄR
    * Esa Pirnes, FÄR

    Färjestad started off well and scored on their first shot. Färjestad controlled most of the first period and had a well-working fore-checking. Kärpät had trouble in getting out of their own zone at times. Many penalties broke the game in the 1st and both got chances to play 5-3. Kärppä-forward Antti Aarnio got a 5+20 for a knee tackle. He will also miss the game against Frölunda on Thursday. Viktor Ujcik got a break-away in the late 1st but managed only to hit the cross-bar after a nice deke to the backhand. You could see it was a game between a Finnish and a Swedish team. The play was rough for a practice game and there was even a scuffle or two.
    The 2nd and 3rd period were mainly Kärpät. Their short-handed play was effective and after the ref's line loosened up a bit in the 2nd, Kärpät found their feet, started skating better and got several (semi)breakaways for Färjestad kept their forechecking high which gave Kärpät more room in the offence. Färjestad's Per Åslund got a 5+20 after high-sticking Mika Pyörälä just when he scored Kärpät's second goal. The first two Kärppä-lines played great which resulted in three goals all-in-all. It was also delightful to see Veikko Karppinen (A-juniors silver last year) to score his first goal in mens games. Teemu Normio gained a penalty shot for Kärpät in the 3rd but Hannes Hyvönen couldn't convert. Kärpät's team play was better even though they were missing the regular centers for their 2nd, 3rd and 4th lines. Kärpät also played with their 2nd goalie. Färjestad had only had 5 ice sessions this summer and no practice games and it showed. Jörgen Jönsson, Esa Pirnes and goalie Heino-Lindberg were their stand-outs.

    Story in Finnish and in Swedish.


    Tappara Tampere - Djurgårdens IF 6-1 (4-1,0-0,2-0) (in Vaasa)
    05:49 1-0 DP Mika Viinanen (Petri Kontiola,Tuukka Mäntylä)
    08:01 2-0 PP Teemu Aalto (Marko Kauppinen)
    14:46 3-0 PP Teemu Virkkunen (Niko Nieminen)
    15:43 4-0 Nieminen (Jarkko Pyymäki)
    19:02 4-1 PP Kristofer Ottosson (Dragan Umicevic)
    46:54 5-1 PP Sami Venäläinen (Stefan Öhman, Teemu Laine)
    57:42 6-1 PP Kauppinen (Kontiola, Aalto)

    Penalties: TAP 10x2,1x10 DJU 10x2
    Goalies:
    Tommi Nikkilä, TAP 3+8+9=20
    Daniel Larsson, DJU 8+0+0=8, change 15:43
    Teemu Lassila, DJU 2+6+10=18
    Ref: Timo Favorin
    Att: 1136

    Awards:
    *** Kontiola, TAP
    ** Lassila, DJU
    * Matti Koistinen, TAP

    Tappara won the game in the first scoring 4 goals to start the game. At this point Djurgården changed the goalie and Finnish Teemu Lassila came in. He played well and was the best Djurgården player for the rest of the game. Referee Timo Favorin kept a tight line for his call throughout the game and both teams got to practice a lot of powerplay/shorthanded playing. Djurgården played badly and didn't seem to have any effort.

    Story in Finnish and in Swedish.


    Now some overall notions: at the moment this tourney is taken semi-seriously at most by these teams. It's a little higher than practice games but nothing close to SML or SEL which is understandable. I was pretty happy with the attendances. 3051 in Oulu is pretty good considering that season ticket holders didn't get a free entry but had to buy tickets like everyone else. So the figure shouldn't be inflated. I must say I was a bit disappointment in the effort of the Swedish teams though. Maybe it was just because they weren't playing home but (the reports say) Djurgården was lustless and Färjestad hadn't really prepared for their game. Färjestad even played in their training? jerseys (plain black with the logo in front and a number in back). On the other hand the Finnish teams could take the tourney more seriously too. For example in Kärpät's game there were no hand programs handed out to the audience. This is very unusual for Kärpät's (even practice) game. As Färjestad didn't have names on their jerseys, it was pretty hard keeping track on who's who.

    Hopefully the Swedish (and Finnish) teams will take they tourney more seriously as it progresses.


    EDIT: Oh, blimey! 1,000 full :653:
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    The second day of the Nordic Trophy is over and this time it were the Swedes that took the full points. If yesterday it was Kärpät who gained from Färjestad's little ice time this season, today it were the Swedish teams that had had more ice experience this off-season. HIFK and TPS both played their first games of the season.

    HIFK Helsinki - Djurgårdens IF 2-3 (0-2,0-0,2-1)
    0-1 PP Dragan Umicevic (Thomas Johansson)
    0-2 Fredrik Bremberg (Dick Axelsson)
    1-2 PP Ilkka Pikkarainen (Cory Murphy)
    2-2 PP Kimmo Kuhta (Jere Karalahti)
    2-3 PP Jimmie Ölvestad (Timmy Pettersson)

    Goalies: Jan Lundell HIF Teemu Lassila DJU
    Ref: Markku Kruus
    Att: 2155

    Awards:
    *** Fredrik Bremberg DJU
    ** Jan Lundell HIF
    * Teemu Lassila DJU

    Lots of penalties in this game (sorry, no stats). HIFK's Patrik Lostedt tried to set up a fight in the 3rd but with little success. He got 5+20 and will miss the next game. Other participant Timmy Pettersson got 2 minutes. All-in-all both teams played bad team game and both goalies were good.

    Stories in Finnish and in Swedish.
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    TPS Turku - Färjestads BK 3-4 (1-1,0-1,2-2)
    06.26 1-0 PP Mika Alatalo (Ivan Huml,Matti Aho)
    09.00 1-1 PP Jonas Höglund (Thomas Rhodin,Jesper Mattsson)
    31.51 1-2 PP Jörgen Jönsson (Peter Nordström,Thomas Rhodin)
    43.26 1-3 Peter Nordström (Emil Kåberg,Jörgen Jönsson)
    46.18 2-3 PP Kai Nurminen (Ivan Huml,Marko Kiprusoff)
    47.38 3-3 PP Jesse Saarinen (Vladimir Sicak,Jussi Makkonen)
    55.00 3-4 PP Jonas Höglund (Rami Alanko,Andreas Johansson)

    Goalies:
    Tomas Duba TPS 7+9+9=25
    Daniel Henriksson FÄR 10+10+6=26
    Penalties: TPS 11x2 1x5 1x20 FÄR 8x2 2x5 2x20
    Ref: Aleksi Rantala
    Att: 1429

    Awards:
    *** Kai Nurminen TPS
    ** Jonas Höglund FÄR
    * Ivan Huml TPS

    The beginning of the game was confused and the strict refereeing came as a surprise especially to TPS (Färjestad had one game under their belt already). Penalties were in their plenty and 6 out of 7 goals were made on powerplay. The most unfortunate incident of the game was seen in the late 1st when Jesper Mattson boarded TPS's Joni Yli-Torkko. Afterwards TPS player Teemu Kesä started a tussle with Färjestad's Esa Pirnes. The fight ended up in a draw after some heavy hitting. Mattson, Pirnes and Kesä all received 5+20, Kesä will also miss the next Nordic Trophy match. Yli-Torkko didn't play in the rest of the game and it remains to be seen how serious his injury is.

    Stories in Finnish and in Swedish.

    Nordic Trophy's website is also gathering extensive stats for the tournament. See them here (in .pdf format).
    Last edited by Shardik; 23-08-2006 at 13:53. Reason: added three stars
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    Kärpät and Tappara stay undefeated

    Kärpät Oulu - Frölunda HC 9-0 (4-0,3-0,2-0)
    03:38 1-0 Hannes Hyvönen (Ilkka Mikkola,Mika Pyörälä)
    06:13 2-0 Mika Pyörälä (Jukka-Pekka Laamanen,Hannes Hyvönen)
    11:40 3-0 Juhamatti Aaltonen (Ilkka Mikkola,Kalle Sahstedt)
    12:59 4-0 Juhamatti Aaltonen (Jukka-Pekka Laamanen,Jari Viuhkola)
    20:45 5-0 Hannes Hyvönen
    25:13 6-0 Juhamatti Aaltonen (Kalle Sahlstedt,Atvars Tribuncovs)
    29:12 7-0 SH Mika Pyörälä (Jari Viuhkola)
    43:22 8-0 Mika Pyörälä (Jari Viuhkola,Jukka-Pekka Laamanen)
    58:17 9-0 Tomi Mustonen (Jouni Loponen,Michal Bros)

    Shots: KÄR 67 FRÖ 45 (30-8,17-22,20-15)
    Goalies: Andy Chiodo KÄR 29 saves, Joel Gistedt FRÖ 40 saves
    Penalties: KÄR 7x2 FRÖ 15x2
    Ref: Tuomo Sorakangas
    Att: 3232

    Awards:
    *** Juhamatti Aaltonen, KÄR
    ** Mika Pyörälä, KÄR
    * Hannes Hyvönen, KÄR

    Kärpät had won the game after 13 minutes and 4 goals. Frölunda played horribly and they had three main disadvantages:
    A) It was their first game of the season (4th for Kärpät) and their team play was very bad.
    B) Their goaltending was horrible (though not all the goals were the goalie's fault)
    C) Frölunda couldn't get a grap of the new refereeing and took way too many penalties.

    Add these to the fact that this was the 60-year celebratory game for Kärpät which meant that the home team kept going through the game and you get 9-0. I won't go through goal-by-goal (would take forever). Let's just say, 5 PP goals, 1 shorthanded goal, several from infront of the net with no defenders to be seen and the little more on the 5th goal. Goalie Gistedt didn't have a good day anyway but this was the darkest moment. He had the puck behind the goal and passed it directly to Hannes Hyvönen that had an easy job to make and empty netter. Gistedt made another hazardous pass later but the Kärppä-player just failed to get to the puck. To be honest though Kärppä-goalie Chiodo made one horrible pass too that the Frölunda players picked up.

    Story in Finnish and in Swedish.


    Tappara Tampere - Linköpings HC 4-3 PS (0-1,1-2,2-0,0-0)
    02:18 0-1 Niklas Olausson (Mikael Håkansson, Jonas Fransson)
    22:19 1-1 Antti Hölli (Janne Ojanen, Teemu Aalto)
    26:47 1-2 PP Tony Mårtensson (Joakim Eriksson, Oscar Ackeström)
    37:58 1-3 Chris Kelleher (Sami Torkki, Jyrki Välivaara)
    41:41 2-3 Sami Venäläinen (Jarkko Pyymäki, Teemu Laine)
    48:55 3-3 SH Tuukka Mäntylä (Mika Viinanen)
    Deciding Penalty Shot: Teemu Virkkunen TAP

    Goalies:
    Mika Lehto TAP 7+6+11+3=27
    Jonas Fransson LIN 5+12+7+2=26
    Penalties: TAP 11x2 LIN 9x2
    Ref: Jari Levonen
    Att: 1101

    Awards:
    *** Tuukka Mäntylä, TAP
    ** Antti Hölli, Tappara
    * Tony Mårtensson, LIN

    Linköping mad a lot tougher to Tappara than Djurgärden and walked away with one point as an award. The first period was littered with penalties and Linköping was leading by one after it. The 2nd period offered less penalties but also worse level of playing. Nonetheless, three goals managed to see the light of day. The 3rd period began with Tappara scoring 2 goals and equalizing the game. After this the tempo increased and the game toughened. No more goals were made though and even the 5-minute overtime didn't bring goals. In the penalty shots both teams had 4 chances before Tappara's Teemu Virkkunen managed to score and won the game to Tappara.

    Stories in Finnish and in Swedish.

    After day 3 Kärpät and Tappara lead the series with 4 points each, Färjestad and Djurgården trail with 2 points each and Linköping has 1 point. Linköping, Frölunda, TPS and HIFK have 1 game played, others have 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shardik
    Kärpät Oulu - Frölunda HC 9-0 (4-0,3-0,2-0)

    A) It was their first game of the season (4th for Kärpät) and their team play was very bad.
    You "forgot" to add that

    a) Kärpät has been on ice for more than a month and have no less than 5 exhibition games on their backs. Frölunda has been on ice for 4 days (!) and had played no games before this one.
    b) Frölunda played with many 'B' players incl. their goaltender Joel Giestedt.

    Perhaps this put things into the right perspective. Anyway, Stephan Lundh has proclaimed that Frölunda is going for the cup. Next year, perhaps, and with A LOT MORE SERIOUS PREPARATION! :lektor: :drink2:

    This result is good for the tournament. Swedish teams like Frölunda think they can just walk into the ice from their summer holiday and win the tournament. Very arrogant. The view that Elitserien is the best league in Europe is widespread in Sweden. But the Swedish teams got to earn that reputation. In the past 10 years, they have proved nothing, thanks to their arrogance. :devileek:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramses
    You "forgot" to add that

    a) Kärpät has been on ice for more than a month and have no less than 5 exhibition games on their backs. Frölunda has been on ice for 4 days (!) and had played no games before this one.
    b) Frölunda played with many 'B' players incl. their goaltender Joel Giestedt.

    Perhaps this put things into the right perspective. Anyway, Stephan Lundh has proclaimed that Frölunda is going for the cup. Next year, perhaps, and with A LOT MORE SERIOUS PREPARATION! :lektor: :drink2:
    I didn't "forgot" to add anything about the teams' preparation. I said it was Frölunda's first game of the season and that it was the 4th game for Kärpät, didn't I? And Kärpät had played 3 games prior to the game against Frölunda, not 5 (opponents Sport 1.8., KalPa 3.8. and Färjestad 8.8.).
    I didn't put anything about Frölunda being on ice only 4 days since I didn't have any info about it. I only follow the Finnish media on this (I can read Swedish but it's too exhausting to try to find stuff there since the additional info is pretty minimal). You might notice that I had mentioned that Färjestad had only had 5 ice sessions when I wrote about Kärpät-Färjestad. The reason? It was mentioned in a story at jatkoaika.com.
    And about "B"-players in Frölundas team. I wasn't sure if Salo was the starter or not (well, after the game I had a pretty good idea). I was going to make a note that on the lines of "I hope that Salo is the #1 goalie because it would be really tragic if he was a backup to this guy Gistedt" but that one slipped my mind. Anyway, I didn't have certain info on this either. As for the skaters, I think only captain Jonas Johnson was missing. If you have more info on this, please share it.
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    http://kiekko.kaleva.fi/index.cfm?m=...GGEDtunniste=0

    Here you can watch video clips from the games Kärpät plays in the Nordic Trophy. Also interviews are included but they are all in Finnish.
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    TPS, Linköping get their first wins

    TPS Turku - Frölunda HC 5-4 (2-2,2-2,1-0)
    04:49 1-0 PP Vladimir Sicak (Jussi Makkonen)
    ??:?? 1-1 PP Steve Kariya (Markus Seikola,Niklas Andersson)
    12:23 1-2 Niklas Andersson (Lars Eller,Tomi Kallio)
    13:57 2-2 PP Tuomas Suominen (Jussi Makkonen,Mika Alatalo)
    28:09 3-2 PP Aki Berg (Ville Vahalahti,Jesse Saarinen)
    28:47 3-3 Ronnie Sundin (Tomi Kallio,Markus Seikola)
    28:58 3-4 Martin Plüss (Steve Kariya,Anton Axelsson)
    33:32 4-4 PP Mika Alatalo (Ivan Huml)
    41:08 5-4 PP Jussi Makkonen (Tuomas Suominen)

    Goalies:
    Tomas Duba TPS 15+6+5=26
    Tommy Salo FRÖ 11+13+16=40
    Penalties: TPS 17x2 FRÖ 15x2 1x10
    Ref: Reijo Ringbom
    Att: 1796

    Awards:
    *** Tomas Duba TPS
    ** Jussi Makkonen TPS
    * Markus Seikola FRÖ

    The level of game was far from great but it was still entertaining to the audience. Penalties were very plenty and they decided the game. TPS had better powerplay than Frölunda (5 PP goals vs. 1).

    Stories in Finnish and in Swedish.

    HIFK Helsinki - Linköpings HC 0-4 (0-1,0-2,0-1)
    03:45 0-1 DP Sami Torkki (Tim Eriksson)
    34:01 0-2 Joakim Eriksson (Tony Mårtensson,Oskar Ackerström)
    37:52 0-3 PP Sami Torkki (Chris Kelleher)
    45:13 0-4 PP Johan Lindström (Oskar Ackerström)

    Goalies: Aleksis Ahlqvist HIF Roman Cechmanek LIN
    Att: 1927

    Awards:
    *** Sami Torkki LIN
    ** Roman Cechmanek LIN
    * Mika Koponen HIF

    Unfortunately I can't find any more info on this game. Neither HIFK or Linköping website keep very good track of this tourney (at least statistically). HIFK played a weak game which was partly explained by them using their 2nd goalie and 6 A-junior aged players. Linköping on the other hand seems to be the strongest Swedish team (or the most serious) in the tourney. Linköpings standouts were Sami Torkki, Joakim Eriksson and Roman Cechmanek who played his first game for the Swedish team. HIFK's best players were Kimmo Kuhta, Pasi Salonen and a couple of the juniors.

    Stories in Finnish and in Swedish.

    Standings after two rounds:
    Team___________GP_W_OW_OL_L_GF-GA_PTS
    Kärpät Oulu_____2_2_0__0__0_13-1__4
    Tappara Tampere_2_1_1__0__0_10-4__4

    Linköpings HC___2_1_0__1__0__7-4__3
    TPS Turku_______2_1_0__0__1__8-8__2
    Färjestads BK___2_1_0__0__1__5-7__2
    Djurgårdens IF__2_1_0__0__1__4-8__2
    HIFK Helsinki___2_0_0__0__2__2-7__0
    Frölunda HC_____2_0_0__0__2__4-14_0
    Last edited by Shardik; 23-08-2006 at 13:52. Reason: added some info to HIFK-Linköping box score
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    This tournament is not receiving any media coverage here in Sweden, I did not even know that it had started 'til I read it here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennison
    This tournament is not receiving any media coverage here in Sweden, I did not even know that it had started 'til I read it here...
    So far all the games have been played in Finland so it's understandable that media coverage hasn't been high on your side of the sea. I hope this will change once the games start in Sweden too.

    The first good sign is that Kanal Lokal is showing the game between Frölunda and Linköping live (in the Gothenburg region only, I think) and that there is a webcast too. Here is the story at Frölunda's website. If I didn't get it wrong, it says that the instructions on how to watch the webcast will come to Frölunda's website on Tuesday.

    I'll try to watch the stream and hopefully Frölunda will broadcast their other home games too (vs. HIFK and Tappara on 23.8. and 25.8.)
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    Kärpät, Färjestad and Fröunda win!

    I was going to watch Frölunda-Linköping as webcast but I ended up going to watch Kärpät-TPS live instead. The webcast was a huge success according to Frölunda's website and not everybody had been able to watch it due to the high numbers. Frölunda had got feedback from Malaysia, USA and France among others after the game.

    Kärpät Oulu - TPS Turku 5-2 (2-1,1-1,2-0)
    03:10 1-0 PP Antti Aarnio (Janne Pesonen)
    07:16 1-1 Teemu Kesä (Mikko Rautee,Matti Aho)
    14:38 2-1 Michal Bros (Janne Pesonen)
    21:32 3-1 PP Michal Bros (Antti Aarnio)
    26:17 3-2 ES Aki Berg (Jussi Makkonen,Tuomas Suominen)
    53:28 4-2 Tomi Mustonen (Jouni Loponen)
    54:03 5-2 Juhamatti Aaltonen (Teemu Normio,Tomi Mustonen)

    Goalies:
    Andy Chiodo KÄR 8+8+6=22
    Tomas Duba TPS 8+14+14=36
    Ref: Jyri Rönn
    Att: 3015

    Awards:
    *** Janne Pesonen, KÄR
    ** Michal Bros, KÄR
    * Juhamatti Aaltonen, KÄR

    Kärpät was in slight control for most of the game but took too many penalties and had to work hard to kill off penalties. Kärpät coach Kari Jalonen said that this game was different from the games against Färjestad and Frölunda in that respect that TPS put effort in to defensive play too. So far Kärpät's first line Pyörälä-Viuhkola-Hyvönen has been deadly but Viuhkola missed last night's game due to family matters and it was the 2nd line (Pesonen-Bros-Aarnio) that won the game for Kärpät.

    Story in Finnish.


    Djurgårdens IF - Färjestads BK 3-4 PS (2-1,0-0,1-2,0-0) (in Enköping)
    00:42 1-0 SH Pär Bäcker (Fredrik Bremberg,Jonas Liwing)
    07:03 2-0 DP Jonas Liwing (Pär Bäcker)
    15:29 2-1 ES Thomas Rhodin (Peter Nordström)
    41:18 2-2 Emil Kåberg (Stefan Erkgärds,Jörgen Jönsson)
    42:14 3-2 Morten Ask (Fredrik Bremberg)
    53:40 3-3 PP Robin Jonsson (Janne Niskala)
    Deciding Penalty Shot: Andreas Johansson FÄR

    SOG: 16-28
    Goalies: Teemu Lassila DJU Christopher Heino-Lindberg FÄR
    Penalties: DJU 19x2 FÄR 16x2, 1x10
    Ref: Ulf Rönnmark
    Att: 827

    Awards:
    *** Per Bäcker, DJU
    ** Jonas Liwing, DJU
    * Christopher Heino-Lindberg, FÄR

    The first period was full of penalties but in the 2nd there was more 5-5 hockey. Färjestad had several chances to tie the game in the 2nd but didn't manage to. In the third Färjestad finally managed to tie the game. At 3-3 at the end of the game Djurgården had good opportunities to score the winning goal but their PP couldn't get the job done. Andreas Johansson won the game for Färjestad in the penalty shots.

    Story in Swedish.


    Frölunda HC - Linköpings HC 4-1 (2-0,0-1,2-0) (in Kungälv)
    1-0 Markus Seikola (Niklas Andersson)
    2-0 Anton Axelsson (Patrik Carlsson)
    2-1 Joakim Eriksson (Magnus Johansson,Oskar Ackerström)
    3-1 Mikkel Bödker
    4-1 Steve Kariya (Arto Tukio)

    SOG: 31-32 (10-9, 11-8, 10-15)
    Penalties: FRÖ 11x2 LIN 9x2, 1x5
    Ref: Sören Persson
    Att: 949 (sold-out)

    Awards:
    *** Niklas Andersson, FRÖ
    ** Tommy Salo, FRÖ
    * Jonas Fransson, LIN

    Frölunda played better than in Finland and earned their first victory in the tourney. The game was played in Kungälv and apparently people there appreciate the Nordic Trophy as the game was sold-out (unfortunately the official capacity is only 745).

    Story in Swedish.
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    Färjestad ties for the top spot, HIFK still at zero

    Linköpings HC - Djurgårdens IF 2-3 (1-1,1-1,0-1) (in Mjölby)
    04:18 0-1 Christian Eklund (Nicklas Danielsson,Morten Ask)
    13:51 1-1 Mikael Håkanson (Joakim Eriksson,Tony Mårtensson)
    20:15 1-2 Per Bäcker (Dick Axelsson,Fredrik Bremberg)
    28:38 2-2 Magnus Johansson (Joakim Eriksson,Mikael Håkanson)
    44:28 2-3 Dick Axelsson (Fredrik Bremberg)

    SOG: 34-22
    Penalties: LIN 9x2 DJU 7x2
    Goalies: LIN Jonas Junland DJU Daniel Larsson
    Att: 1000

    Awards:
    *** Daniel Larsson DJU
    ** Joakim Eriksson LIN
    * Patric Blomdahl LIN

    Linköpings coach Gunnar Persson said that Linköping didn't play well and their powerplay was bad. Young goalie Jonas Junland played his first adult's game and couldn't be blamed on the goals. Djurgården on the other hand was missing some key players and played with several juniors. They rose to 3rd place in the standings, one point behind leading Kärpät and Färjestad.

    Story in Swedish.


    Färjestads BK - Frölunda HC 5-3 (3-1,0-1,2-1) (in Sunne)
    01:30 0-1 Karl Fabricius (Martin Plüss,Steve Kariya)
    08:39 1-1 PP Emil Kåberg (Peter Nordström,Jörgen Jönsson)
    10:55 2-1 PP Jörgen Jönsson (Emil Kåberg,Jesper Mattsson)
    12:56 3-1 Mathias Johansson (Jonas Höglund,Andreas Johansson)
    26:27 3-2 Johan Ryno (Tomi Pettinen,Tommy Salo)
    42:19 4-2 SH Per Ledin (Esa Pirnes)
    49:33 5-2 SH Jonas Höglund (Mathias Johanson)
    50:29 5-3 PP Tomi Kallio (Lars Eller)

    SOG: 32-31
    Goalies: FÄR Daniel Henriksson FRÖ Tommy Salo
    Penalties: FÄR 7x2, 1x10, 1x20 FRÖ 6x2
    Ref: Sören Person
    Att: 1307

    Awards:
    *** Niklas Andersson FÄR
    ** Johan Ryno FRÖ
    * Per Ledin FÄR

    In the first period Frölunda's penalties cost them two goals and Färjestad took the lead after Frölunda's early goal. In 2nd period Frölunda played more aggressively and got Färjestad off their game. Färjestad's goalie Henriksson played well and only had let one goal pass in the 2nd. In the 3rd period the visiting team worked hard to equlalize and managed to get the game in their offensive zone aided by Färjestad's several penalties. In the midst of Frölunda's control however, Färjestad managed to make a productive counter-attacks and scored two short-handed goals which decided the game.

    Story in Swedish.

    NOTE: Frölunda has announced at their website that although they will develop webcasting their games, they won't send any more Nordic Trophy games this year. Link.


    TPS Turku - HIFK Helsinki 5-3 (2-0,0-1,3-2)
    ??:?? 1-0 PP Mika Alatalo (Jussi Makkonen,Tuomas Suominen)
    16:12 2-0 PP Ville Vahalahti (Ivan Huml,Kai Nurminen)
    36:45 2-1 PP Jere Karalahti (Janne Laakkonen,Kimmo Kuhta)
    42:02 3-1 Mika Alatalo (Jussi Makkonen,Teemu Kesä)
    44:55 3-2 SH DP Jermu Porthen (Juha Fagerstedt,Turo Järvinen)
    53:49 3-3 Kimmo Kuhta (Ilkka Pikkarainen)
    58:04 4-3 PP Vladimir Sicak (Jussi Makkonen,Mika Alatalo)
    59:48 5-3 EN Ivan Huml (Aki Berg)

    Goalies: TPS Tomas Duba HIF Jan Lundell
    Ref: Jari Levonen
    Att: 2133

    Awards:
    *** Mika Alatalo TPS
    ** Jussi Makkonen TPS
    * Jere Karalahti HIF

    The first two periods of the game were filled with penalties and all goals were powerplay goals. In the third the refereeing slacked and penalties lessened. TPS controlled the first period and HIFK the second. In the beginning of the third Alatalo seemed to resolve the game for TPS by getting them a two-goal lead but HIFK fought back to a tie. In the end HIFK took one penalty too many and Sicak punished with a game winner. HIFK played with a weak squad and missed several of their key players, still they managed to make it tight which doesn't bode well for TPS for the rest of this tourney and SM-Liiga.

    Story in Finnish.
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    ORIS Nordic Star

    Nordic Trophy is now called ORIS Nordic Star after their new main sponsor.

    Source in Finnish

    Can't say I really like the new name but it's a good thing they found a sponsor. Maybe this means higher prize money for next year...
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    First loss to Kärpät, Färjestad takes the lead in standings

    Djurgårdens IF - Kärpät Oulu 6-5 OT (4-2,0-2,1-1,1-0) (in Haninge)
    00:45 0-1 PP Michal Bros (Jouni Loponen)
    03:44 1-1 Dick Axelsson (Christofer Löfberg,Pär Bäcker)
    04:13 1-2 Kalle Sahlstedt
    09:02 2-2 PP Thomas Johansson (Dick Axelsson,Pär Bäcker)
    10:21 3-2 Timmy Pettersson (Christian Eklund,Christopher Thörn)
    12:51 4-2 Patrik Lundh (Kristofer Ottosson)
    20:17 4-3 Hannes Hyvönen (Jari Viuhkola,Ilkka Mikkola)
    38:50 4-4 PP Teemu Normio (Kalle Sahlstedt,Atvars Tribuncovs)
    42:48 5–4 Morten Ask
    56:42 5-5 PP Janne Pesonen (Tomi Mustonen,Jouni Loponen)
    61:38 6-5 Alexander Ribbenstrand (Nichlas Falk)

    SOG: 32-33 (14-11,6-11,10-10,2-1)
    Penalties: DJU 9x2 KÄR 7x2
    Goalies: DJU Teemu Lassila KÄR Andy Chiodo (change 10:21) => Jaakko Suomalainen
    Ref: Christer Lärking
    Att: 875

    Awards:
    *** Christian Eklund DJU
    ** Mika Pyörälä KÄR
    * Andreas Enqvist DJU

    The game was played in Haninge and the rink was very small and the ice was bad. This made the game tough for both teams. In the first period Kärpät were unfocused and played weakly. Their troubles escalated when their #1 goalie, Canadian Andy Chiodo was injured after Djurgården's 3rd goal. Djurgården played well in the 1st and got a deserved two-goal lead. In the 2nd period Djurgården got many penalties and Kärpät got in to the game with their good powerplay. In the third Djurgården managed to take the lead once more but once more Kärpät punished on the PP. In the OT youngster Ribbenstrand won the game for Djurgården.

    Story in Finnish and in Swedish.

    Färjestads BK - HIFK Helsinki 6-2 (3-0,2-1,1-1) (in Grums)
    00:15 1-0 Jörgen Jönsson (Thomas Rhodin)
    00:50 2-0 PP Andreas Johansson (Jonas Höglund,Janne Niskala)
    11:31 3-0 PP Peter Nordström (Pelle Prestberg)
    20:15 4-0 PP Thomas Rhodin (Pelle Prestberg)
    20:48 4-1 Kimmo Kuhta (Lennart Petrell)
    27:56 5-1 Andreas Johansson (Janne Niskala,Peter Nordström)
    46:02 5-2 Janne Laakkonen (Ilkka Pikkarainen,Patrik Lostedt)
    48:29 6-2 PP Andreas Johansson (Thomas Rhodin,Mathias Johansson)

    SOG: 41-29 (17-5,14-15,10-9)
    Goalies: FÄR Christopher Heino-Lindberg HIF Aleksis Ahlqvist
    Penalties: FÄR 10x2 HIF 14x2, 2x10
    Ref: Marcus Vinnerborg
    Att: 895

    Awards:
    *** Andreas Johansson FÄR
    ** Thomas Rhodin FÄR
    * Kimmo Kuhta HIF

    Färjestad started out strong and were leading 2-0 after only 50 seconds of play. In the first Färjestad controlled the game wholly but in the 2nd HIFK stepped up their game somewhat. In the third the game had already unreachable for HIFK and the game calmed down. Andreas Johansson scored a hat trick for Färjestad. With the win Färjestad now leads the series with 8 points from 5 games with Kärpät (7 pts from 4 games) and Djurgården (7 pts from 5 games) trailing after it.

    Story in Finnish and in Swedish.
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    Unfortunately this tournament doesn't get any media coverage whatsoever in Sweden, hardly even in the cities that have teams participating. I forgot about it myself until I saw this thread. The games that have been commented about (that I've seen) are simply regarded as pre-season ordinary games, and get one or two lines of text. It seems not even when Swedish teams meet equal (or better?) Finnish teams there is any interest here, so how would we ever appreciate a European cup?

    Why is Djurgården present here, just because they are from Stockholm? Shouldn't HV 71 been there as it said 'the 4 top teams in each country'? Yes of course money is involved, but not many bothers to see pre-season games in Stockholm either and the 10th team in Sweden last season hardly spells quality.

    Sadly this is one big :015: -pill, and I don't see it survive for more than this season.

    A better approach would be to have a shorter tournament with only the two best teams, every second year Sweden/Finland (top team in each country home arranger), a 4 single round cup - 3 games each winner takes it all, during..say...christmas break. A little tradition and to top it, why not play on outdoor rinks? :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan
    Shouldn't HV 71 been there as it said 'the 4 top teams in each country'? Yes of course money is involved, but not many bothers to see pre-season games in Stockholm either and the 10th team in Sweden last season hardly spells quality.
    If it was top4 teams from each country then Ässät and HPK should be there instead of TPS and Tappara.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan
    A better approach would be to have a shorter tournament with only the two best teams, every second year Sweden/Finland (top team in each country home arranger), a 4 single round cup - 3 games each winner takes it all, during..say...christmas break. A little tradition and to top it, why not play on outdoor rinks? :)
    A shorter tournament - yes, during a christmas break - no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan

    Why is Djurgården present here, just because they are from Stockholm? Shouldn't HV 71 been there as it said 'the 4 top teams in each country'? Yes of course money is involved, but not many bothers to see pre-season games in Stockholm either and the 10th team in Sweden last season hardly spells quality.
    What about the Finnish champion HPK? How come they are not participating?

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    Yes, Pihinalle and Tatanka, correct. This shows how little I care about the tournament as I didn't even bother to look what teams Finland had...and please, Suomi friends, don't take this as yet an example of 'Swedish arrogance', it is not, I'm interested in Finnish ice hockey and I usually see as many games I can each year on the MTV3 channel.

    Ässät is my team in Finland though Björneborg is not even a Swedish-speaking town anymore!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan
    Unfortunately this tournament doesn't get any media coverage whatsoever in Sweden, hardly even in the cities that have teams participating. I forgot about it myself until I saw this thread. The games that have been commented about (that I've seen) are simply regarded as pre-season ordinary games, and get one or two lines of text. It seems not even when Swedish teams meet equal (or better?) Finnish teams there is any interest here, so how would we ever appreciate a European cup?
    It's not like it's getting huge publicity in Finland either. The Oulu newspaper has a short story from Kärpät games (about 1/3 of a regular season game story) and the Finnish text tv shows the results of the games. But the text tv shows the results of other pre-season games too (though not before this year, maybe Nordic Trophy is the reason for the change?). I haven't seen any news clips on tv or such and I don't know how well Helsinki, Tampere and Turku newspapers cover it. Let's face it, Nordic Trophy is a practice tourney. Maybe in the future it will be more, hopefully...

    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan
    Why is Djurgården present here, just because they are from Stockholm? Shouldn't HV 71 been there as it said 'the 4 top teams in each country'? Yes of course money is involved, but not many bothers to see pre-season games in Stockholm either and the 10th team in Sweden last season hardly spells quality.
    As far as I understand the chance to participate was offered to most (if not all) SML and SEL clubs but only these 8 agreed. The reasons for more clubs not participatings were probably the 25,000€ annual entrance fee and not wanting to play "serious" games before season.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan
    Sadly this is one big :015: -pill, and I don't see it survive for more than this season.
    The current deal covers next year too so it will be at least two years. And I believe it will go on after that too. Nordic Trophy just got a main sponsor and actually the tourney changed its name to ORIS Nordic Star. Having a main sponsor like this is definitely a good thing considering the future. In addition out of the 200,000€ the clubs payed as entrance fees, 45,000€ will be used to promote the tourney. And there has been talks to expand the tourney to cover more clubs (even from Denmark and Norway). Sounds to me that these clubs are seriously planning to develop this tourney and make it an annual thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan
    A better approach would be to have a shorter tournament with only the two best teams, every second year Sweden/Finland (top team in each country home arranger), a 4 single round cup - 3 games each winner takes it all, during..say...christmas break. A little tradition and to top it, why not play on outdoor rinks? :)
    I don't think that this kind of tourney would have more chances of surviving than the current one. In your scenario most of the teams wouldn't get home games and most of the games played wouldn't have a "home team". Besides, the niché of a tourney of top European teams around Christmas is already taken up by the ECC.

    I agree with you about the tradition. That is what the Nordic Trophy needs to get. 5-6 years as a tourney like this, maybe adding a team or two, trying to build up some international rivalries and increasing the interest of media, fans and sponsors. That should give it a good base to expand and develop.
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    Frölunda beats HIFK

    Frölunda HC - HIFK Helsinki 5-2 (1-0,2-0,2-2) (in Kungsbacka)
    09:07 1-0 PP Martin Cibak (Jonas Esbjörs,Johan Ryno)
    21:21 2-0 PP Martin Plüss (Steve Kariya)
    30:02 3-0 PP Markus Seikola (Niklas Andersson,Tomi Kallio)
    46:25 3-1 PP Kimmo Kuhta (Cory Murphy)
    50:12 3-2 Jermu Porthen (Max Wärn)
    51:12 4-2 Tomi Kallio (Ronnie Sundin)
    58:26 5-2 EN Tomi Kallio (Markus Seikola)

    SOG: 38-28 (12-7,12-11,14-10)
    Goalies: FRÖ Tommy Salo HIF Jan Lundell
    Ref: Marcus Vinnerborg
    Att: 1,036
    Awards:
    *** Martin Plüss FRÖ
    ** Tommy Salo FRÖ
    * Jan Lundell HIF

    Frölunda played a balanced game that brought them the needed victory over hurting IFK. For Frölunda centers Martin Cibak and captain Jonas Johnson made a debut for this season. HIFK on the other hand is still missing many of its key players and has now 5 losses in five games.

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    Shardik,

    The idea of expanding to our nordic neighbours (Denmark and Norway) is good, although I think their level is not on par yet. Though, if made a tradition and some status to the winner, we force them to improve in order to be able to clinch the title of Nordic Club Champion :) Still, no more than 4 teams (one from each).
    What would be the best time of year though? I think having it in August creates the 'pre-season-not-so-serious' feel, people have not started to think hockey while Summer is still on.

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    Swedish teams victorious!

    Linköpings HC - Kärpät Oulu 3-2 (0-1,1-0,2-1)
    08:42 0-1 Mika Pyörälä (Ilkka Mikkola,Jari Viuhkola)
    30:59 1-1 PP Oscar Ackeström (Magnus Johansson)
    42:33 1-2 PP Hannes Hyvönen (Jukka-Pekka Laamanen,Jari Viuhkola)
    50:02 2-2 PP Mikael Håkanson (Oscar Ackeström,Joakim Eriksson)
    54:36 3-2 PP Niklas Persson (Johan Lindström,Jyrki Välivaara)

    SOG: 37-28 (12-9,14-8,11-11)
    Goalies: LIN Roman Cechmanek KÄR Jaakko Suomalainen
    Penalties: LIN 15x2 1x10 KÄR 18x2
    Att: 1567

    Awards:
    *** Oscar Ackeström LIN
    ** Jonas Junland LIN
    * Jari Viuhkola KÄR

    The game was full of penalties and 4 of the 5 goals were scored on the PP. Linköping had trouble getting their PP working in the beginning of the game but in the 3rd they managed to score two goals on powerplay and overcame Kärpät in what was the 30-year celebratory game for Linköpings HC.

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    Färjestads BK - Tappara Tampere 6-3 (2-1,2-0,2-2) (in Hammarö)
    01:50 1-0 PP Peter Nordström (Jörgen Jönsson)
    07:05 1-1 Marko Kauppinen (Teemu Laine)
    15:07 2-1 Thomas Rhodin (Esa Pirnes,Peter Nordström)
    32:58 3-1 PP Jönsson (Esa Pirnes,Thomas Rhodin)
    38:59 4-1 PP Pelle Prestberg (Peter Nordström)
    40:47 5-1 Peter Nordström (Esa Pirnes,Pelle Prestberg)
    45:06 6-1 Jonas Höglund (Andreas Johansson,Janne Niskala)
    52:13 6-2 Stefan Öhman (Niko Nieminen,Teemu Virkkunen)
    59:38 6-3 Mika Viinanen (Petri Kontiola,Teemu Nurmi)

    Goalies:
    Daniel Henriksson FÄR 10+11+8=29
    Tommi Nikkilä TAP 11+7+6=24
    Penalties: FÄR 5x2 min TAP 9x2
    Ref: Thomas Andersson
    Att: 908

    Awards:
    *** Esa Pirnes FÄR
    ** Thomas Rhodin FÄR
    * Teemu Aalto TAP

    For a game played in August the game was of good level and speed. Färjestads first line was very good. Peter Nordström led with 2+2 and all four other players collected at least two points each. Färjestad resolved the game in the 2nd where they scored two unanswered goals and took a three-goal lead.

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    Djurgårdens IF - TPS Turku 4-1 (2-1,1-0,1-0) (in Vallentuna)
    05:13 0-1 PP Mika Alatalo (Jussi Makkonen,Jesse Saarinen)
    12:24 1-1 PS Christian Eklund
    18:47 2-1 PP Jimmie Ölvestad (Christofer Löfberg,Timmy Pettersson)
    35:36 3-1 Christopher Thörn (Morten Ask,Andreas Engqvist)
    58:37 4-1 PP Christopher Thörn (Andreas Engqvist,Ronnie Pettersson)

    SOG: 24-35 (10-13,8-10,6-12)
    Goalies: DJU Teemu Lassila TPS Tomas Duba
    Penalties: DJU 9x2 TPS 11x2
    Ref: Patrik Sjöberg
    Att: 1406

    Awards:
    *** Christopher Thörn DJU
    ** Kai Nurminen TPS
    * Teemu Lassila DJU

    TPS took an early lead in the first but as the period went on the home team grew stronger. In the last two periods TPS controlled the game somewhat but their finishing was subpar and they just couldn't score more goals. Meanwhile Djurgården (and especially Christopher Thörn) capitalized their chances went on to take the game.

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    Standings:
    Team___________GP_W_OW_OL_L_GF-GA_PTS
    Färjestads BK___6_4_1__0__1_26-18_10
    Djurgårdens IF__6_3_1__1__1_20-20_9

    Kärpät Oulu_____5_3_0__1__1_25-12_7
    Linköpings HC___5_2_0__1__2_13-13_5
    Tappara Tampere_3_1_1__0__1_13-10_4
    TPS Turku_______5_2_0__0__3_16-20_4
    Frölunda HC_____5_2_0__0__3_16-22_4
    HIFK Helsinki___5_0_0__0__5__9-23_0
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan
    Shardik,

    The idea of expanding to our nordic neighbours (Denmark and Norway) is good, although I think their level is not on par yet. Though, if made a tradition and some status to the winner, we force them to improve in order to be able to clinch the title of Nordic Club Champion :) Still, no more than 4 teams (one from each).
    What would be the best time of year though? I think having it in August creates the 'pre-season-not-so-serious' feel, people have not started to think hockey while Summer is still on.
    I agree with you that if Nordic Star gets enough recognition it will help Danish and Norwegian teams to improve. But I don't think a four-team tourney will ever get that kind of recognition. It would just be another practice tourney among practice tourneys. Nordic Star needs to be in a league format. At the moment it's 30 games altogether and that gives it already some status. It's only its first year around and Nordic Star is already the most covered (and I would say recognized) practice tournament in Finland (probably in Sweden too). That might not sound like much but it's a good place to build on.
    I think August is the best time to have it. It can't happen during SML/SEL seasons (look at EHL), the Christmas break is too short for a serious tourney and post-season is out of the question. Who would like to go watch Nordic Star after domestic league finals?
    The way I see it Nordic Star is an attempt to unite the numerous little pre-season tourneys and get a "pre-season league" instead.

    And finally my "dream Nordic Trophy" ie. what I would like to see someday.
    - every team is encouraged/instructed to play 1 or 2 practice games before the tourney so no one gets in "cold"
    - 32 teams. (All 12 SEL teams, 12 best SML teams, 4 best Danish teams and 4 best Norwegian teams)
    - 8 groups of 4, each group has one Danish/Norwegian team and at least one Finnish and one Swedish team.
    - home and away games at the group stage, totals into 6 games per team
    - group winners continue to playoff stage
    - single game playoffs played at predetermined place (Group A winner plays home vs. Group H winner etc.)
    - quarterfinals, semifinals and finals all part of this predetermined playoff tree (because it might be difficult to tell which group winner is better)
    - no bronze game, the finalists get 9 games total (in the current tourney 8 games) and a hefty cash prize
    - tv deals & broadcasts

    An alternative could see top 2 of each group going in to the playoffs and having 4 playoff rounds instead of 3.

    But this is just my dream, let's see where the tourney goes! :023:
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    Excellent work, Shardik. Keep it up!:023:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shardik
    ...The way I see it Nordic Star is an attempt to unite the numerous little pre-season tourneys and get a "pre-season league" instead.
    That is a good cause.

    I think your 'Dream tournament' is a tad bit too ambitious, but if all teams are in, or for that matter more teams, I think it will indeed get more attention in the long run. Still, I dont think it will ever grow to be even remotely as popular as the national championships.

    ...but, Luleå-Ässät in the 2007-2008 final, and a hefty check for Luleå in the end, why yes, I subscribe to that dream. :023:

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    Frölunda, Linköping win, Tappara steals a point

    Frölunda HC - Tappara Tampere 2-1 OT (0-0,1-1,0-0,1-0)
    26:43 1-0 PP Karl Fabricius (Jan-Axel Alavaara,Martin Plüss)
    35:00 1-1 PP Marko Kauppinen (Janne Ojanen)
    60:16 2-1 Steve Kariya (Tomi Kallio,Ronnie Sundin)

    SOG: 31-34 (13-8,9-21,8-5,1-0)
    Goalies: FRÖ Joel Gistedt TAP Mika Lehto
    Penalties: FRÖ ?x2 1x10 Tappara 8x2 1x10
    Ref: Marcus Vinnerborg
    Att: 1,305

    Awards:
    *** Joel Gistedt FRÖ
    ** Anton Axelsson FRÖ
    * Mika Lehto TAP

    Both goalies were excellent and this turned out to be the game with the fewest goal in the history of ORIS Nordic Star ( :002: ). Tappara had improved their game from their previous game against Färjestad (6-3 loss) and the game was very even. Both teams had scoring chances in the first but the goalies played perfectly until 2nd were both had to let the puck once pass them. As there were plenty of penalties in the 2nd period it was expected that both goals were scored on powerplay. Steve Kariya won the game for the Swedish team with the first shot of the over time.

    Stories in Finnish and in Swedish.

    Linköpings HC - TPS Turku 3-2 (1-0,0-2,2-0) (in Motala)
    02:06 1-0 Oscar Ackeström (Niklas Olausson)
    24:13 1-1 Teemu Kesä (Kai Nurminen,Ville Vahalahti)
    32:30 1-2 Ville Vahalahti (Aki-Petteri Berg)
    41:44 2-2 Tim Eriksson (Andreas Holmqvist)
    53:29 3-2 Fredrik Emvall (Mikko Luoma)

    SOG: 50-19 (19-8,20-7,11-4)
    Goalies: LIN Jonas Fransson TPS Juho Santanen
    Penalties: LIN 10x2 1x10 TPS 14x2
    Att: 726

    Awards:
    *** Juho Santanen TPS
    ** Tim Eriksson LIN
    * Magnus Johansson LIN

    Apart from some moments in the 2nd and 3rd period Linköping was in total control of the game. Despite this TPS held the lead after two thirds of the game and main reason for this was Juho Santanen who played magnificently in TPS goal. 47 saves got him 3 Nordic Stars. But even he couldn't stop Linköping from turning the game to them in the 3rd.

    Stories in Finnish and in Swedish.


    ORIS Nordic Star stats before the last six games.
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    HIFK gets their first win!

    HIFK Helsinki - Tappara Tampere 2-1 PS (0-0,0-1,1-0,0-0)
    30:12 0-1 PP Janne Ojanen (Quinn Hancock,Dale Clarke)
    57:21 1-1 PP Jere Karalahti (Janne Laakkonen,Cory Murphy)
    Deciding Penalty Shot: Janne Laakkonen HIF

    Goalies:
    Jan Lundell HIF 11+2+?+?=??
    Mika Lehto TAP 8+12+?+?=??
    Penalties: HIF 9x2 TAP 10x2
    Ref: Sami Partanen
    Att: 2084

    Awards:
    *** Janne Laakkonen HIF
    ** Jan Lundell HIF
    * Mika Lehto TAP

    After a short break ORIS Nordic Star is back and rolling towards the Grande Finale next Saturday. The ice surface in Helsinki was bad and this made puck controlling difficult. HIFK skated better and played more physically while Tappara played their weakest game of the tournament. Tappara took the lead in the 2nd but HIFK tied with a late goal by Jere Karalahti who has now returned to the team (after not joining the rest of the team on their trip to Sweden).

    As a curiosity bit for anyone interested: Stanley Cup finalist from last year, Rem Murray played his first game for HIFK. He played better towards the end and was especially good in short handed situations and on power play. He gave some passes that opened great scoring chances for HIFK forwards but they couldn't put the puck in.

    Story in Finnish.
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    Kärpät strives for final

    Tappara Tampere - Kärpät Oulu 2-4 (0-1,1-2,1-1) (in Kotka)
    14:58 0-1 Tomi Mustonen (Kalle Sahlstedt,Teemu Normio )
    30:15 1-1 Mika Viinanen (Teemu Laine)
    30:46 1-2 Antti Aarnio (Michal Bros,Viktor Ujcik)
    31:48 1-3 PP Jari Viuhkola (Topi Jaakola, Hannes Hyvönen)
    53:24 1-4 PP Kalle Sahlstedt (Michal Bros)
    54:10 2-4 SH Quinn Hancock

    Goalies:
    Tommi Nikkilä TAP 13+11+5=29 (out 58:15-60:00)
    Jaakko Suomalainen KÄR 8+8+13=29
    Penalties: TAP 12x2 KÄR 8x2
    Ref: Tom Laaksonen
    Att: 1412

    Awards:
    *** Jaakko Suomalainen KÄR
    ** Tomi Mustonen KÄR
    * Mika Viinanen TAP

    In the first period Kärpät wasn't at their best and Tappara was in control. As the period grew older penalties started to break up the game and it became more even. Kärpät improved in the last two periods and took the game home. Before the last round Färjestad, Kärpät and Djurgården still have chances to get to the final. Färjestad has a one point advantage to the other two but in tie-points Kärpät will have the advantage against the Swedish teams because of better goal difference. In the last round Färjestad will play Linköping away, Kärpät will face HIFK in Helsinki and Djurgården plays home against Frölunda. The fourth game is Tappara - TPS.
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    Färjestad hosts Kärpät in the final!

    The same teams that opened the first ORIS Nordic Star tournament will end it. This time they'll face off in Sweden.

    Results from the last round:

    HIFK Helsinki - Kärpät Oulu 2-3 OT (1–2,1–0,0–0,0-1)
    06:21 0–1 Hannes Hyvönen (Mika Pyörälä,Jari Viuhkola)
    09:59 0–2 PP Mika Pyörälä (Jari Viuhkola,Ilkka Mikkola)
    15:02 1–2 PP Cory Murphy (Janne Laakkonen,Teemu Laakso)
    34:42 2–2 Miikka Jouhkimainen (Patrik Lostedt,Heikki Laine)
    61:21 2–3 Juhamatti Aaltonen

    Goalies:
    Jan Lundell HIF 32
    Jaakko Suomalainen KÄR 23
    Penalties: HIF 12x2 KÄR 12x2
    Att: 1,915

    Awards:
    *** Juhamatti Aaltonen KÄR
    ** Jari Viuhkola KÄR
    * Cory Murphy HIF

    The first period was tight until penalties messed with the game's tempo. Kärpät got a slight edge after that. In the beginning of the second HIFK was in control but then Kärpät started pressing hard. In the midst of Kärpät's offence however, HIFK managed to tie the game. In the third the game got rough and penalties were plenty. In the beginning of OT Juhamatti Aaltonen managed to break HIFK's pass and scored the game winner and took Kärpät to the first ever Oris Nordic Star Final.

    Story in Finnish.

    Tappara Tampere - TPS Turku 4-6 (2-1,0-2,2-3) (in Valkeakoski)
    02:54 0-1 PP Kai Nurminen (Marko Kiprusoff,Aki Berg)
    07:25 1-1 DP Jarkko Pyymäki (Stefan Öhman)
    17:56 2-1 Mika Viinanen (Ville Mäntymaa,Petri Kontiola)
    30:47 2-2 PP Ivan Huml (Marko Kiprusoff,Kai Nurminen)
    32:06 2-3 PP Ville Vahalahti (Ivan Huml,Kai Nurminen)
    42:18 2-4 PP Ville Vahalahti (Marko Kiprusoff,Kai Nurminen)
    45:10 3-4 PP Teemu Nurmi (Stefan Öhman)
    47:51 4-4 Teemu Laine (Stefan Öhman)
    50:03 4-5 PP Vladimir Sicak (Jussi Makkonen,Mika Alatalo)
    59:45 4-6 EN Ivan Huml (Marko Kiprusoff)

    Goalies:
    Mika Lehto TAP 9+10+11=30
    Tomas Duba TPS 12+8+13=33
    Penalties: TAP 11x2 TPS 7x2
    Ref: Timo Favorin
    Att: 856

    Awards:
    *** Kai Nurminen TPS
    ** Stefan Öhman TAP
    * Marko Kiprusoff TPS

    For a "meaningless" game, the game was of good quality. The game was offensive with plenty of hits and shots. It was tight for long but ended up in the favour of TPS for their good powerplay and on the other hand because of Tappara's weak short handed plays.

    Story in Finnish.

    Linköpings HC - Färjestads BK 3-5 (0-3,1-0,2-2)
    06:28 0-1 PP Jonas Höglund (Thomas Rhodin) PP1
    06:50 0-2 Janne Niskala (Per Ledin)
    10:52 0-3 PP Esa Pirnes (Jesper Mattsson) PP1
    25:40 1-3 Patric Blomdahl (Johan Lindström)
    45:14 2-3 PP Oscar Ackeström (J. Ericksson, M. Johansson) PP1
    46:39 3-3 PP Joakim Ericksson (M. Johansson, T. Mårtensson) PP1
    49:16 3-4 PP Andreas Johansson (Jonas Höglund) PP1
    59:53 3-5 EN Andreas Johansson (Christopher Heino-Lindberg) ENG

    SOG: 27-29 (4-14,13-6,10-9)
    Penalties: LIN 12x2 FBK 11x2
    Att: 2,216

    Awards:
    *** Magnus Johansson LIN
    ** Andreas Johansson FÄR
    * ???

    Färjestad got a dream start to the game with a 3-0 lead after 11 minutes. In the second the team lowered the tempo while Linköping upped theirs. As a result the home team took control of the game and managed to tie in the early 3rd. But Färjestad wanted to play the final home and took the game home with two goals by Andreas Johansson.

    Story in Swedish.

    Djurgårdens IF - Frölunda HC 7-4 (2-2,3-1,2-1)
    01:39 1-0 PP Fredrik Bremberg (Jonas Liwing)
    05:38 2-0 SH Morten Ask (Per Eklund)
    09:38 2-1 Tomi Kallio (Jonas Ahnelöv,Markus Seikola)
    10:03 2-2 Niklas Andersson (Tomi Kallio)
    28:06 3-2 PP Martin Lindman (Timmy Pettersson)
    29:28 4-2 PP Jonas Liwing (Thomas Johansson,Fredrik Bremberg)
    31:37 4-3 Anton Axelsson (Arto Tukio,Patrik Carlsson)
    36:08 5-3 Morten Ask (Fredrik Ericson)
    40:34 6-3 PP Dragan Umicevic
    43:12 7-3 Christian Eklund (Niklas Danielsson)
    50:04 7-4 PP Tomi Kallio (Niklas Andersson)

    SOG: 22-24 (9-6,9-9,4-9)
    Penalties : DJU 14x2 FRÖ 12x2
    Ref: Ulf Rönnmark
    Att: 4,136 :023:

    Awards:
    *** Morten Ask DJU
    ** Tomi Kallio FRÖ
    * Fredrik Bremberg DJU

    The game was open and fast. Frölunda was in trouble when short handed and Djurgården scored 4 PP goals. The crowd in Stockholm was the biggest Nordic Trophy has seen so far, over 4,000.

    Story in Swedish.

    Final Standings:
    Team___________GP_W_OW_OL_L_GF-GA_PTS
    Färjestads BK___7_5_1__0__1_31-21_12
    Kärpät Oulu_____7_4_1__1__1_32-16_11

    Djurgårdens IF__7_4_1__1__1_27-24_11
    Linköpings HC___7_3_0__1__3_19-20_7
    TPS Turku_______7_3_0__0__4_16-20_6
    Tappara Tampere_7_1_1__2__3_13-10_6
    Frölunda HC_____7_2_1__0__4_16-22_6
    HIFK Helsinki___7_0_1__1__5_13-27_3


    The Final:
    9.9.2006 @ 17:00 in Karlstad, Sweden:

    Färjestads BK - Kärpät Oulu

    Most Oris Nordic Stars:
    8 Kai Nurminen TPS
    7 Mika Pyörälä KÄR
    7 Juhamatti Aaltonen KÄR
    5 Esa Pirnes FÄR
    5 Andreas Johansson FÄR


    Best Scorers:
    1 Peter Nordström FÄR 5+7=12
    2 Tomi Kallio FRÖ 5+6=11
    3 Jari Viuhkola KÄR 1+9=10
    4 Jussi Makkonen TPS 1+9=10
    5 Andreas Johansson FÄR 6+3=9
    6 Mika Pyörälä KÄR 6+3=9
    7 Hannes Hyvönen KÄR 6+3=9
    8 Thomas Rhodin FÄR 2+7=9
    9 Jonas Höglund FÄR 5+3=8
    10 Mika Alatalo TPS 5+3=8
    -----------------------------------------
    12 Joakim Eriksson LIN 3+5=8
    13 Fredrik Bremberg DJU 2+6=8
    27 Kimmo Kuhta HIF 4+1=5
    28 Mika Viinanen TAP 4+1=5


    Spectator Averages:
    3,099 Kärpät Oulu
    2,020 HIFK Helsinki
    1,811 Djurgårdens IF
    1,786 TPS Turku
    1,377 Linköpings HC
    1,126 Tappara Tampere
    1,097 Frölunda HC
    1,037 Färjestads BK
    1,657 All games


    I am glad to see that all teams made it above 1,000. It was clear that the teams that played at the home arena drew more attendance. Kärpät, HIFK and TPS played all their home games "home" and Djurgårdens one game home drew more than 4,000 spectators. Hopefully next year all the teams will play all the games home.

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    Färjestad the first ORIS Nordic Star Champion!

    Färjestads BK - Kärpät Oulu 5-1 (2-0,1-0,2-1)
    00:12 1-0 Peter Nordström (Esa Pirnes,Thomas Rhodin)
    19:19 2-0 Jonas Höglund (Janne Niskala,Mathias Johansson)
    38:28 3-0 PP Jesper Mattsson (Esa Pirnes,Thomas Rhodin)
    44:15 4-0 Jesper Mattsson (Per Ledin)
    46:46 5-0 Pelle Prestberg (Rami Alanko)
    48:59 5-1 PP Jouni Loponen (Antti Ylönen,Jari Viuhkola)

    SOG: 36-20 (9-7,20-7,7-6)
    Goalies: Daniel Henriksson FÄR Jaakko Suomalainen KÄR
    Penalties: FÄR 9x2 KÄR 7x2, 1x5, 1x20
    Ref: Ulf Rönnmark
    Att: 3,200

    Färjestad took the the first Nordic championship with a convincing win over Kärpät. Both teams were missing important players as olympic winner Jörgen Jönsson couldn't play for Färjestad and Kärpät lost defenders Ilkka Mikkola and Jukka-Pekka Laamanen (due to injuries) and forward Hannes Hyvönen (match penalty, elbowing) in the first period. This hurt especially Kärpät who had to play the rest of the game with 5 defenders. Färjestad used their own "super tactic" by playing forward Esa Pirnes as a defender for the first line. This worked well as Pirnes passed two of Färjestads goals. Despite letting in 5 goals, Kärpät goalie Jaakko Suomalainen was chosen the best player of Kärpät in the game.

    Story in Finnish and in Swedish.

    Tournament Awards:
    Best Goalie: Jaakko Suomalainen KÄR
    Best Defender: Oskar Ackerström LIN
    Best Forward: Peter Nordström FÄR


    Future plans and comments on ORIS Nordic Star

    Before the final started the GM's of the 8 Nordic clubs sat down and planned for the future. They decided to extend the Tournament by 1 year so now it is certain that it will be played in 2007 and 2008. Participating teams will remain the same for these 2 years. It was also decided that next year the final weekend will include all eight teams and will be played in one town. The location will be decided later this fall.

    Kärpät coach Kari Jalonen: "We have got eight extremely good preparatory games before the SM-Liiga has started. Especially the series format pleases me since the games come at a good rhythm. Even though as a whole this leaves us with pretty good experiences, there is no denying the fact that there is a lot to develop here."

    I agree with Jalonen, this series format is great but it needs developing. I am hoping that the final weekend will turn out to be a success. Maybe it would be better if the first one was held in Oulu since the crowds here seem to be certain. Another ways to improve the tourney are having the nordictrophy.com also in Finnish (maybe in English too) and improve it to have box scores and live updating of the games. Also webcasts or better yet, tv broadcasts should be used. The first year the clubs could sell the tv-rights for practically nothing to Swedish and Finnish channels just in order to gain publicity. Also the clubs should have all their home games in their home arena (or at least in some ice hall in their home town with proper spectator capacity (at least 3,000)).

    Anyway, a great new hockey tradition has begun! Let's enjoy it next year too!
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