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    I think for Russia delicate balance of NHL players that actually want to play for Russian team and RHL players. Hope finally to win gold medal after long wait.

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    Sweden

    Kristian Huselius will join the Swedish roster. It will be his first appearence since he was banned from playing for Tre Kronor after the sex scandal during the Swedish Hockey Games in 2005.

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    USA Late additions to the American roster.

    Minnesota Wild winger Adam Hall (fifth straight appearance), Nashville Predators defenceman Ryan Suter (third straight appearance) and St. Louis Blues goaltender Jason Bacashihua were named to the U.S. team for the world hockey championship Monday.

    Bacashihua was 1-1 with a 2.15 goals-against average during his world championship debut in 2006. He replaces Robert Esche, who withdrew from the team for personal reasons.
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    I know this is bringing up a topic from yesterday but here's some news to the world community: after this tournament the name Shea Weber will become a household (well hockey household) name to all of you. He is excellent in all areas and especially if they add Dion Phaneuf, you will see two of the best young defencemen in the entire world.

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    Germany Germany: Petermann replaces Macholda

    Change in team Germany: The defender Felix Petermann (Mannheim) replaces Petr Macholda (Frankfurt).

    Macholda is not eligible to play, since he was born in Czech Republic (okay, let say Czecheslovakia) and played for Karlovary (? in German: Karlsbad) for a short period within the last two years.
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    50 minutes into the game Austria is leading 3:2 against Russia...
    Hockey-Gulag ahead for some Russian players?
    I honestly hope that this is a sign that AUT got into gears and is ready for a good tournament.

    EDIT: Russians turned the game with two late goals. Final result 4:3. Still damn good for AUT.

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    Belarus

    Slovakia 1 Belarus 2
    another exhibition game and another superb performance by Andrey Mezin.
    Last edited by Aldair; 24-04-2007 at 20:48.
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    Belarus

    Quote Originally Posted by Dimash View Post
    Slovakia 1 Belarus 2
    another exhibition game and another superb performance by Andrey Mezin.
    Good, just good. There is nothing more to add. Slovak played with their best roster including all their NHL players.

    Great sign for Belatus team!! The second victory over slovaks in a row!!!!! And the game was sold-out!!!!!! 8340 specatators!!!!! I can't believe that Solovakia played bad agianst so big home crowd!! And that's just great!!!!

    A first real exam for Belarus team passed sucessfully. The summary of pre-Moscow games: 6 games, 6 wins. Could it be better?

    P.S. And who is the man of the game?? Well-known Andrei Mezin. Another great perfomance by him!!! He is in a good shape, the rivals must start to think how to score to the best goalkeeper of IHWC 2006.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz View Post
    Minnesota Wild winger Adam Hall (fifth straight appearance), Nashville Predators defenceman Ryan Suter (third straight appearance) and St. Louis Blues goaltender Jason Bacashihua were named to the U.S. team for the world hockey championship Monday.

    Bacashihua was 1-1 with a 2.15 goals-against average during his world championship debut in 2006. He replaces Robert Esche, who withdrew from the team for personal reasons.


    I think that the USA team is really working towards getting their young players ready for the Olympics. Many decry the youth and inexperience of this American team but I think it is really refreshing to see guys like Jason Bacashihua over old guys like Esche.

    Regardless of how they finish in this tourney they will all gain valuable skills and experience for the next Olympics. Rightly or wrongly that is what most people in the US think of when they speak of International Hockey Tournaments.

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    Situation for Team Finland after the final exhibition game:

    IN: Antti Miettinen

    OUT: TBA

    My final prediction:

    Lehtonen
    Norrena

    Nummelin-Kukkonen
    Berg-Söderholm
    Saravo-Mäntylä
    Laatikainen

    Peltonen-Koivu-T.Ruutu
    Miettinen-Kapanen-Hentunen
    Bergenheim-Kontiola-Kallio
    J.Ruutu-Viuhkola-Pihlström
    Salmelainen

    Thosee two Kärpät wingers (Pesonen, Pyörälä) still in the roster were nothing but impressive. It's a miracle if either of them breaks it into the roster, especially over Pihlström.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laho View Post
    Thosee two Kärpät wingers (Pesonen, Pyörälä) still in the roster were nothing but impressive. It's a miracle if either of them breaks it into the roster, especially over Pihlström.
    Pesonen was replaced by Pihlström in the end of second and that really got Viuhkola's line going, so Pesonen is out for sure. I think Pyörälä played well and would be a defensive asset (with scoring abilities) but since we have Jarkko Ruutu to do that (and so much more ;), it's hard for me to see him on the team either, except maybe as the extra attacker.

    I was very happy to see that all four lines played well in the offensive end today. Even the Teletubby line (Pärssinen-Kapanen-Hentunen) got their old groove back after the beginning.

    EDIT: Jere Lehtinen of Dallas Stars is going to a medical check-up. It is still undecided if he will join the team.
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    Team Finland Preliminary IHWC Roster

    IN: Antti Miettinen

    OUT: Janne Pesonen, Teemu Aalto

    GKs
    Kari Lehtonen, Atlanta Trashers
    Fredrik Norrena, Columbus Blue Jackets
    Sinuhe Wallinheimo, JYP Jyväskylä

    Defense
    Aki Berg, TPS Turku
    Lasse Kukkonen, Philadelphia Flyers
    J-P Laamanen, Kärpät Oulu
    Arto Laatikainen, Blues Espoo
    Tuukka Mäntylä, Tappara Tampere
    Petteri Nummelin, Minnesota Wild
    Pekka Saravo, Luleå HF
    Toni Söderholm, HC Bern

    Forwards
    Sean Bergenheim, HC Frölunda
    Jukka Hentunen, HC Lugano
    Tomi Kallio, HC Frölunda
    Niko Kapanen, Phoenix Coyotes
    Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild
    Petri Kontiola, Tappara Tampere
    Antti Miettinen, Dallas Stars
    Ville Peltonen, Florida Panthers
    Antti Pihlström, HPK Hämeenlinna
    Mika Pyörälä, Kärpät Oulu
    Timo Pärssinen, Timrå IK
    Jarkko Ruutu, Pittsburgh Penguins
    Tuomo Ruutu, Chicago Blackhawks
    Tony Salmelainen, Chicago Blackhawks
    Jari Viuhkola, Kärpät Oulu

    I (or somebody else) will add it properly to the roster thread once there is extra info on numbers & who will actually play.

    Jere Lehtinen (Dallas Stars) may still be added to the roster.
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    I suggest you make the roster presentation as soon as possible. You can always edit it.

    We currently have 5 presentations - 11 to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karsten View Post
    I suggest you make the roster presentation as soon as possible. You can always edit it.

    We currently have 5 presentations - 11 to go.
    Right, it may be edited always. Tonight I'll make Belarus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karsten View Post
    I suggest you make the roster presentation as soon as possible. You can always edit it.

    We currently have 5 presentations - 11 to go.
    I'm on Finland then.
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    Slovakia - Belarus highligts

    For those of you who are interested to see highlights of the game, here are the links:

    http://www.hc-himvolokno.org/files/1period.avi
    http://www.hc-himvolokno.org/files/3period.avi
    http://www.hc-himvolokno.org/files/3period.avi

    1st and 2nd are near 10 MB, 3rd is about 30 Mb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bling View Post
    I think that the USA team is really working towards getting their young players ready for the Olympics. Many decry the youth and inexperience of this American team but I think it is really refreshing to see guys like Jason Bacashihua over old guys like Esche.

    Regardless of how they finish in this tourney they will all gain valuable skills and experience for the next Olympics. Rightly or wrongly that is what most people in the US think of when they speak of International Hockey Tournaments.
    aldair-- yeah man your totally right, mezin can be an amazing goalkeeper in this tournament, ive seen him steal games a lot, belarus must be a force to deal with in the relegation part at the very least.


    bling, yeah youth sometimes ca be the cure for what ails, and why not? like you said they are grooming these players for the future

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canuckjrgoalie View Post
    aldair-- yeah man your totally right, mezin can be an amazing goalkeeper in this tournament, ive seen him steal games a lot, belarus must be a force to deal with in the relegation part at the very least.
    Thank you! I hope the team will look like in the past year, due to a good a team game.
    Mezin just got powered form WC's, he knows he plays there like the best, and feel fans love, sometimes even fanatism:). People don't speak but believe that play-off is reachable. Today's victory on slovakia can proove a lot.

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    Canada

    Goaltenders
    Player S/C Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown Team
    Dwayne Roloson L 6'1 190 10/12/69 Simcoe, ON Edmonton
    Cam Ward L 6'1 200 02/29/84 Sherwood Park, AB Carolina

    Defence
    Player S/C Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown Team
    Eric Brewer L 6'3 220 04/17/79 Kamloops, BC St. Louis
    Mike Commodore R 6'5 228 11/07/79 Fort Saskatchewan, AB Carolina
    Dan Hamhuis L 6'1 200 12/13/82 Smithers, BC Nashville
    Barret Jackman L 6'0 213 03/05/81 Fruitvale, BC St. Louis
    Shea Weber R 6'3 215 08/14/85 Sicamous, BC Nashville

    Forwards
    Player S/C Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown Team
    Mike Cammalleri L 5'9 185 06/08/82 Richmond Hill, ON Los Angeles
    Jason Chimera L 6'2 206 05/02/79 Edmonton, AB Columbus
    Shane Doan R 6'2 216 10/10/76 Halkirk, AB Phoenix
    Jamal Mayers R 6'2 200 10/24/74 Toronto, ON St. Louis
    Jay McClement L 6'1 199 03/02/83 Kingston, ON St. Louis
    Rick Nash L 6'4 215 06/16/84 Brampton, ON Columbus
    Eric Staal L 6'4 205 10/29/84 Thunder Bay, ON Carolina
    Jordan Staal L 6'4 215 09/10/88 Thunder Bay, ON Pittsburgh
    Justin Williams R 6'1 195 10/04/81 Cobourg, ON Carolina

    Players working with the team during pre-competition schedule:
    Defenceman Cory Murphy, Kanata, ON (HIFK Helsinki); Defenceman Jame Pollock, Victoria, BC (Sinupret Ice Tigers); Defenceman Pascal Trepanier, Gaspe, QC (Mannheim Eagles); Forward Rene Corbet, Victoriaville, QC (Mannheim Eagles); Forward Martin Kariya, Vancouver, BC, (Espoo Blues); Forward Stacy Roest, Lethbridge, AB (Rapperswilll-Jona); Forward Jonathan Toews, Winnipeg, MB (University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux).

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    Well, hopefully Bacashihua plays net for the USA instead of Graham. If so, I like the USA's chances a lot better. Everything starts with goaltending, and he is a big upgrade over Esche and Graham.

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    I don't think Grahame is that bad...he's always been stuck on nhl teams with sub-par goaltending or with little chance to play...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aldair View Post
    Good, just good. There is nothing more to add. Slovak played with their best roster including all their NHL players.
    Hey, hold on! :) There were only 3 NHL players in the SVK squad I must correct you. There were also some players from the RUS SL. Their roster was far from its optimum, nevertheless team BLR played a decent game!
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    What a nice first period yesterday against Denmark! It was the old good-looking Latvian ice hockey. Here are some pictures from the game Latvia : Denmark
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    Slovakia Slovakia

    Quote Originally Posted by Dimash View Post
    Hey, hold on! :) There were only 3 NHL players in the SVK squad I must correct you. There were also some players from the RUS SL. Their roster was far from its optimum, nevertheless team BLR played a decent game!
    You are right. There were only three NHL players - goalkeeper Halák, defencemen Chára and Jurčina. Slovakia played without Hossa, Demitra, Gáborík, Šatan and Radivojevič.

    Richard Zedník decided not to play in Moscow.
    Ladislav Nagy is free to play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Podnieks View Post
    What a nice first period yesterday against Denmark! It was the old good-looking Latvian ice hockey. Here are some pictures from the game Latvia : Denmark
    http://www.esports.lv/forums/index.p...fidd=0&action=
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    Thanks for the pictures!

    Our team is certainly not ready for the IHWC IMO. And Mike Sirant is starting to look more and more like the disaster i thought he would be. Anyway the addition of Frans Nielsen will help the team so much. And when we hopefully can add Kim Staal to the roster when Milwaukee Admirals is eliminated soon, things are starting to look better. Milwaukee is down 3-0.

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    Any predictions for the tournament:
    Who do you think will win?
    Who will be this years big surprize?
    Which 2 will relg for 2008?

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    In my opinion final game will be between Sweden & Czech.

    Italy & Denmark back to I.division!

    'Surprise' of the tournament: Belarus

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanman9 View Post
    Any predictions for the tournament:
    Who do you think will win?
    Who will be this years big surprize?
    Which 2 will relg for 2008?
    Finland will win
    Biggest surprise will be Belarus
    Italy will be relegated for sure. The other spot is either Ukraine or Denmark is guess, and this is 50/50. If Kim Staal joins the team i believe we might very well stay unless Sirant makes too many rookie mistakes.

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    Ukraine Ukraine media guide

    You can download very nice and coloured official "Media Guide 2007 Ukraine national team" (in pdf format, size 3,33 Mb, english language) .

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    Canada 6 more named to Canada's team

    An additional six players were added today: http://www.tsn.ca/canadian_hockey/ne...05510&hubname=

    • Colby Armstrong F (Pittsburgh - NHL)
    • Jonathan Toews F (University of North Dakota - NCAA)
    • Chris Mason G (Nashville - NHL)
    • Matthew Lombardi F (Calgary - NHL)
    • Nick Shultz D (Minnesota - NHL)
    • Cory Murphy D (HIFK Helsinki - SM Liiga)


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    I'm happy that Toews is on the team. This kid has two gold medals in his pocket from the world jr.s. If Canada gets into a shoot-out you can bet he will be called (maybe more than once).

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    It'll also be interesting to see how Cory Murphy fares. He was most impressive during his regular season in the Finnish Elite League.
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    Canada Missing Forwards

    Any word on the reason's behind no Brad Boyes or Patrice Bergeron? They were quite the tandem last year, and I'd have to say we're missing a bit of punch up front for a medal contender.

    Goaltending is looking good though. All 3 could (and should) get a game in the first round.

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    Denmark

    Kim Staal will be ready for Denmark after his AHL team Milwaukee Admirals got knocked out of AHL play-off. He will join the Danish team Saturday, missing the first game against Russia.

    Nichlas Hardt has been scratched after the inclusion of Frans Nielsen, expect another one being scratched when has Kim Staal joined the team.
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    Sweden

    Huselius will not join Sweden after all. The team management of Calgary has told him to take a break the rest of the Summer.

    Source: Aftonbladet.

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    The Austrian federation web page features an article on the Buffalo - Rangers series and it is mentioned that if the series ends sufficiently early the losing Thomas (so either Vanek or Poeck) would be flown to Moscow directly. A roster spot will be left open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RexKramer View Post
    The Austrian federation web page features an article on the Buffalo - Rangers series and it is mentioned that if the series ends sufficiently early the losing Thomas (so either Vanek or Poeck) would be flown to Moscow directly. A roster spot will be left open.
    Sure, make sense. Even if its just in the relegation round, it could make the difference between staying up or not. We all remember the Austrian home team from a couple of years ago that could have used some extra help.

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    Viktors Ignatjevs is out... reason is old shoulder injury so the new captain of Latvian national team is Rodrigo Lavins

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karsten View Post
    Huselius will not join Sweden after all. The team management of Calgary has told him to take a break the rest of the Summer.

    Source: Aftonbladet.

    What a bunch of hypocrits! Had Calgary remained in the playoff, Huselius wouldn't have been in need of rest until mid-June if necessary. But God forbid if a Swede would have wanted to play for Tre Kronor after his NHL team lost.

    Hats off to any good patriot who flies accross Atlantic to play for his own national team.

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    Team Finland adds Jere Lehtinen to the roster.

    One more man will arrive to strengthen the already strong Finnish offence when Dallas Stars winger and three-time Selke trophy winner Jere Lehtinen takes off for Moscow.

    Lehtinen is a third player in the current Finnish roster who was in the team that brought Finland its only IHWC gold medal back in 1995. The other two are Ville Peltonen and Petteri Nummelin.

    Source: YLE

    Also, Finland expectedly selected Ville Peltonen as their captain. A's went to Petteri Nummelin and Jarkko Ruutu.
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    Slovakia Nagy will not play due to injury

    Dallas Stars winger Ladislav Nagy will not play for Slovakia at the IIHF world hockey championship in Russia because of a hip injury. Slovan Bratislava forward Marek Uram was called up by coach Julius Supler to replace Nagy.

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    Belarus

    Quote Originally Posted by Coss View Post
    'Surprise' of the tournament: Belarus
    I deeply wish I were mistaken, but this time there will be some other heroes - not Belarusians.
    I'm just trying to be realistic. Given the roster we have currently, it'll be practically impossible to reach the quarterfinals at this WC.
    On the other hand, BLR will play, say, on home soil and, I'm sure, with a solid crowd's support - this may aid alot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by indulgeo View Post
    this was a favourite topic for the media a year ago. not interesting anymore.






    with all respect for stastny as a hockey player, i can't stand him as a person. this whole siroky-stastny issue is beyond my comprehension. stastny seems to me like a small child when other kids don't want to play with him. i'd rather see him do his work at the european parliament.

    as for siroky, i thought his stb file was lost - has it been found yet? and does it matter? he is a rich guy (how he got rich is a different issue - although you should consider that it is so in every country in transition that there are people who earn a lot of money very easily) with a lot of contacts. to me, it sounds like a great candidate for the position he holds. i'm not saying he's perfect and does only good things - i don't know him. but we are living in a country of five million, where everybody knows everybody - we'll never get rid of nepotism. you'll always have people doing favours to their friends, family, whoever. i don't know, but has he been sentenced for something? or is it just the "slovak logic" - big house abroad + expensive car + much money = criminal - responsible for your "hatred" towards this man?

    and now back to tpoic :) - which player is tired this year? why is halak back in europe if according to your theory he should be playing in hamilton because only stastny can talk to people over there?




    i think this was rather a misunderstanding between the two of them. but the fact is that lasak is not 100% ok and probably supler didn't know about stana and krizan by that time. however, even if supler decided he didn't want lasak on the team, it's supler who's responsible for the performance at the wc so let him make his own decissions. (not that i wouldn't be wtf-cking if he just kicked him out of the squad without a reason)



    try to see the cup half-full and not half-empty, man

    I know very little about Slovakia's political history, but if what Peter Stastny claims is true, I would think that he would have full support of the Slovak people.
    There is a possibility, though, that there are self-serving reasons for him to have exposed this information?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasny View Post
    I know very little about Slovakia's political history, but if what Peter Stastny claims is true, I would think that he would have full support of the Slovak people.
    There is a possibility, though, that there are self-serving reasons for him to have exposed this information?
    Rather than resurrecting a thread that has not much to do with the topic, I have copied the relevant posts form this thread into the one in the Slovak Forum

    http://forums.internationalhockey.ne...ead.php?t=6448

    You can carry on there.

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