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    2009 IHWC 2009 IHWC Team Latvia thread


    2009 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
    Berne & Zürich-Kloten (Switzerland), 24 April - 10 May 2009

    STANDINGS Group C
     GPWOTWOTLLGF:GAPts
    1. SWEDEN000000:00
    2. UNITED STATES000000:00
    3. LATVIA000000:00
    4. AUSTRIA000000:00

    SCHEDULE

    Venues: Post-Finance Arena (Berne) & Schluefweg (Zürich-Kloten)

    25.05.2009, 16:15, United States - Latvia (Berne)
    27.05.2009, 20:15, Latvia - Sweden (Berne)
    29.05.2009, 16:15, Austria - Latvia (Berne)
    ......
    10.05.2009, 20:15, GOLD MEDAL GAME

    General Tournament Thread (click here)


    PRE-TOURNAMENT NEWS regarding each participant (click on links below).
    TEAM AUSTRIA http://www.internationalhockey.net/f...ead.php?t=8046
    TEAM BELARUS http://www.internationalhockey.net/f...ead.php?t=8047
    TEAM CANADA http://www.internationalhockey.net/f...ead.php?t=8048
    TEAM CZECH REPUBLIC http://www.internationalhockey.net/f...ead.php?t=8049
    TEAM DENMARK http://www.internationalhockey.net/f...ead.php?t=8050
    TEAM FINLAND http://www.internationalhockey.net/f...ead.php?t=8051
    TEAM FRANCE http://www.internationalhockey.net/f...ead.php?t=8052
    TEAM GERMANY http://www.internationalhockey.net/f...ead.php?t=8053
    TEAM HUNGARY http://www.internationalhockey.net/f...ead.php?t=8054
    TEAM LATVIA http://www.internationalhockey.net/f...ead.php?t=8055
    TEAM NORWAY http://www.internationalhockey.net/f...ead.php?t=8056
    TEAM RUSSIA http://www.internationalhockey.net/f...ead.php?t=8057
    TEAM SLOVAKIA http://www.internationalhockey.net/f...ead.php?t=8058
    TEAM SWEDEN http://www.internationalhockey.net/f...ead.php?t=8059
    TEAM SWITZERLAND http://www.internationalhockey.net/f...ead.php?t=8060
    TEAM UNITED STATES http://www.internationalhockey.net/f...ead.php?t=8061
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    Latvia

    Players invited to the preparing for the WC which they will begin on friday.

    Goalies
    Edgars Masalskis (Fuchse Duisburg, DEL)
    Ervins Mustukovs (Riga 2000, LAT)
    Sergejs Naumovs (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Martins Raitums (ASK/Ogre, LAT)
    Dmitrijs Zabotinskis (Metalurgs Liepaja, LAT)

    Defenders
    Janis Andersons (Ocelari Trinec, CZE)
    Oskars Bartulis (Phantoms Philadelphia, AHL)
    Oskars Cibulskis (Red Bull Salzburg, AUT)
    Guntis Galvins (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Aleksandrs Jerofejevs (Neftekhimik Niznekamsk, KHL)
    Arturs Kulda (Wolves Chicago, AHL)
    Rodrigo Lavins (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Georgijs Pujacs (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Jekabs Redlihs (Lasselsberger Plzen, CZE)
    Krisjanis Redlihs (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Arvids Rekis (Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg, DEL)
    Agris Saviels (Metallurg Zhlobin, BLR)
    Karlis Skrastins (Panthers Florida, NHL)
    Olegs Sorokins (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Kristaps Sotnieks (Dinamo Riga, KHL)

    Forwards
    Girts Ankipans (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Armands Berzins (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Viktors Blinovs (Metallurg Zhlobin, BLR)
    Roberts Bukarts (Sovetov Krylia, RUS)
    Martins Cipulis (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Aigars Cipruss (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Ronalds Cinks (Riga 2000, LAT)
    Lauris Darzins (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Kaspars Daugavins (St.Michael's Majors Mississauga, OHL)
    Guntis Dzerins (MHC Martin, SVK)
    Raitis Ivanans (Kings Los Angeles, NHL)
    Martins Karsums (Lightning Tampa Bay, NHL)
    Aleksandrs Macijevskis (SønderjyskE Ishockey, DEN)
    Gints Meija (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Aleksandrs Nizivijs (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Sergejs Pecura (Riga 2000, LAT)
    Mikelis Redlihs (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Janis Sprukts (Americans Rochester, AHL)
    Janis Straupe (Riga 2000, LAT)
    Aleksejs Sirokovs (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Herberts Vasiljevs (Pinguine Krefeld, DEL)
    Elviss Zelubovskis (Metallurg Zhlobin, BLR)

    Players not invited (as of those which probably could make(or be close to) the final team)
    D Atvars Tribuncovs (AIK Skelleftea, SWE)
    F Kaspars Saulietis (Dynamo Minsk, KHL)
    F Edijs Brahmanis (Metalurgs Liepaja, LAT)
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    Don't forget about Martins Karsums from Tampa. He's been playing well as of late and I really hope he can make it onto the squad next season.

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    Jazz, please correct the title.


    Today Latvia finally won its first exhibition game - 5:2 against France...

    Martins Karsums is expected to join the team on April 14, Janis Sprukts - April 17, but Karlis Skrastins - April 19. Also Oskars Bartulis might join the team if Phantoms Philadelphia will drop out of the Calder Cup.

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    It looks like Latvia has got a strong defensive pairing, thought i am not sure about their offensive ability.
    i think they might struggle with austria.
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    After today's win over Slovakia Ervins Mustukovs, Janis Andersons, Oskars Cibulskis, Edijs Brahmanis, Gints Meija, Andris Dzerins and Viktors Blinovs were dropped out of the team.

    Meanwhile, Sprukts is already in Riga, Karsums is arriving tomorrow, Skrastins - in the very beginning of next week.

    Znaroks also announced that the first forward line is going to be Ankipans-Sprukts-Karsums. They played together already in the Olympic qualification in february.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hossa 18 View Post
    It looks like Latvia has got a strong defensive pairing, thought i am not sure about their offensive ability.
    i think they might struggle with austria.
    I expect Latvia to reach QF. Anything below that i will consider as a failure.

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    For sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sakaarnis View Post
    I expect Latvia to reach QF. Anything below that i will consider as a failure.
    That is going to be though one. I mean, to reach QF You will have to beat one of the big 7 teams, USA or Sweden, and then in second round probably Swiss to secure spot in QF. Good luck !
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    Latvia

    Final roster announced:

    Goalies
    Edgars Masalskis (Fuchse Duisburg, DEL)
    Sergejs Naumovs (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Dmitrijs Zabotinskis (Metalurgs Liepaja, LAT)

    Defenders

    Guntis Galvins (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Aleksandrs Jerofejevs (Neftekhimik Niznekamsk, KHL)
    Rodrigo Lavins (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Georgijs Pujacs (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Jekabs Redlihs (Lasselsberger Plzen, CZE)
    Krisjanis Redlihs (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Karlis Skrastins (Panthers Florida, NHL)
    Olegs Sorokins (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Kristaps Sotnieks (Dinamo Riga, KHL)

    If Phantoms loose their series - Oskars Bartulis (Phantoms Philadelphia, AHL)

    Forwards
    Girts Ankipans (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Armands Berzins (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Martins Cipulis (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Aigars Cipruss (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Lauris Darzins (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Guntis Dzerins (MHC Martin, SVK)
    Martins Karsums (Lightning Tampa Bay, NHL)
    Aleksandrs Nizivijs (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Mikelis Redlihs (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Janis Sprukts (Americans Rochester, AHL)
    Aleksejs Sirokovs (Dinamo Riga, KHL)
    Herberts Vasiljevs (Pinguine Krefeld, DEL)
    Roberts Jekimovs (Brynas IF U20, SWE)

    Notable players who are out:
    D Atvars Tribuncovs (AIK Skelleftea, SWE) - argument with head coach
    F Kaspars Saulietis (Dynamo Minsk, KHL) - argument with head coach
    D Arvids Rekis (Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg, DEL) - Family issues
    F Kaspars Daugavins (St.Michael's Majors Mississauga, OHL) - injury
    F Raitis Ivanans (Kings Los Angeles, NHL) - not invited
    D Arturs Kulda (Wolves Chicago, AHL) - not invited

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    Any jersey numbers available?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    Any jersey numbers available?
    http://lhf.lv/pic/LAT_-_SLO_17.04.2009.jpg

    Here you can find some, but you shouldn't trust them 100% as, for example, Martins Karsums didn't play in any of the preps, meanwhile was playing with #9 in Olympic qualification in february. During the preparation games Roberts Jekimovs played with #9.

    As of those who also didn't play - Skrastins might go for #3 as Rekis is not in the roster and that's his number in the NHL, moreover, #7, with who he had been playing in the NT for years, is for Galvins as of now. Janis Sprukts most likely will be wearing #5 or #25

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    I'm very surprised that Kulda was not invited, and dissapointed also. Rekis is a solid defender also. No surprises there.. basically same roster than last year, or year before that... But nice to see some young guys there, maybe they can surprise

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    Quote Originally Posted by welmu View Post
    I'm very surprised that Kulda was not invited, and dissapointed also.
    Very similar feelings has most of the Latvian fans. Znaroks hasn't even mentioned him anywhere, anytime.

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    Why is Ivanans always off the radar. The previous coach never selected him and neither has Znaroks.

    Are they scared by his limited scoring abilities ? Or as a power forward / bruiser should have he been called ?

    Best of luck in Switzerland to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by takharov View Post
    Why is Ivanans always off the radar. The previous coach never selected him and neither has Znaroks.

    Are they scared by his limited scoring abilities ? Or as a power forward / bruiser should have he been called ?

    Best of luck in Switzerland to you.
    Ivanans played last year in Canada. And i think it was because of small ice used in last years WC. This year the ice is so much bigger that i honestly think Ivanans could be useless in Switzerland. And you can add that fighting is very rare in WC AND Ivanans didn't have his best year in LA, IMO.

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    The official reason, which Znaroks stated, was that he didn't know how to use him productively.

    By the way, after all this won't turn out to be the first WC with all the Redlihs brothers on the roster - Jekabs Redlihs is out as he got an injury in a practice today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GX View Post
    By the way, after all this won't turn out to be the first WC with all the Redlihs brothers on the roster - Jekabs Redlihs is out as he got an injury in a practice today.
    Well, here's to hoping for 2010.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GX View Post
    The official reason, which Znaroks stated, was that he didn't know how to use him productively.

    By the way, after all this won't turn out to be the first WC with all the Redlihs brothers on the roster - Jekabs Redlihs is out as he got an injury in a practice today.
    For how long time is he out?

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    Thank you for your replies GX and welmu.

    Znaroks does not rate him then. (I tend to agree... shhhh) .

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    Karlis Skrastins is voted to be the captain. Assistants are Herberts Vasiljevs and Rodrigo Lavins

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    Call me whatever you want, but i wish Latvia would fail this year. Only reason: Heads of our hockey federation. Latvia has so much potential as big hockey nation due to love of the sport within nation, but it has not used due to Lipmans and co whose main interest is material gains. Sure, i dont expect a iddialistic systems where everything is focused on development whatever the costs, but the state of our junior hockey has been miserable and only love of the sport have given a chance to rise a little. Theres so much unused potential, it hurts...

    Talk away.

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    Yeah but at the same time it works. USA spends millions of dollars to train and prepare their sprinters for the Olympics but then comes Jamaica with its limited resources and its sprinters break all the records.

    The same with Latvia, Danes spend money, Austrians spend money, Germany spend money, Belarus spend money etc. but at the end Latvia promotes to the U-18 elite (ahead of Danes and Austrians), promotes to U-20 elite (wins Belarus) and stays there (wins Germany).

    I would also love to see more work and effort from the hockey federation but only thing how it can happen is for our men to relegate. And I wouldn't want to see that. Otherwise Lipmans can smile his usual cunning smile- U-20 play in elite next year, U-18 play in the elite next year, National Team play in elite next year, Dinamo Riga draws huge crowds in Arena. At the same time junior hockey and Latvian league is a joke but noone gives a damn about it so why bother...

    Really, one can bitch about the federation and Lipmans but if someone in 2001 would say me that our U-20, U-18 and NT will all be in the elite in 2009 and our U-20 will be the 8th country in the world (even if it's not really objective since there was no Swiss in Elite this year) I would praise whoever would be in charge of the federation. Not so long time ago we had like 20 men of age 30+ for the NT and U-18 playing in Division II....

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    Sergejs Naumovs is going to be in the net against Sweden

    Oskars Bartulis will be in Zurich on Monday.

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    I don't expect much from tonight game Latvia vs Sweden. Previous game had revealed Latvian team problems in offence. I agree to those fans who say that team staff has failed by not keeping Raitis Ivanans for the team.
    National hockey federation chief K.Lipmans is just a big dumb*ss
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    Quote Originally Posted by rusher View Post
    Yeah but at the same time it works. USA spends millions of dollars to train and prepare their sprinters for the Olympics but then comes Jamaica with its limited resources and its sprinters break all the records.

    The same with Latvia, Danes spend money, Austrians spend money, Germany spend money, Belarus spend money etc. but at the end Latvia promotes to the U-18 elite (ahead of Danes and Austrians), promotes to U-20 elite (wins Belarus) and stays there (wins Germany).

    I would also love to see more work and effort from the hockey federation but only thing how it can happen is for our men to relegate. And I wouldn't want to see that. Otherwise Lipmans can smile his usual cunning smile- U-20 play in elite next year, U-18 play in the elite next year, National Team play in elite next year, Dinamo Riga draws huge crowds in Arena. At the same time junior hockey and Latvian league is a joke but noone gives a damn about it so why bother...

    Really, one can bitch about the federation and Lipmans but if someone in 2001 would say me that our U-20, U-18 and NT will all be in the elite in 2009 and our U-20 will be the 8th country in the world (even if it's not really objective since there was no Swiss in Elite this year) I would praise whoever would be in charge of the federation. Not so long time ago we had like 20 men of age 30+ for the NT and U-18 playing in Division II....
    Buddy, you don't know how little Austria spends on especially youth hockey...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DidzisLV View Post
    I don't expect much from tonight game Latvia vs Sweden. Previous game had revealed Latvian team problems in offence. I agree to those fans who say that team staff has failed by not keeping Raitis Ivanans for the team.
    National hockey federation chief K.Lipmans is just a big dumb*ss
    maybe Ivanans is not the answer if you have problems in offence but it would be nice if he is there tonight pummeling some swedish players
    btw..Have Latvia ever won a game against Sweden?

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    No. One draw and countless loses.

    Btw, why everybody thinks our problem is offence when it clearly is defence? Las time round we scored our first goal in the third game.

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    I don't understand the Ivanans is the answer sentiment either. If the problem is offense, why would you want to add someone who has 12 goals in 219 NHL games?

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    Quote Originally Posted by welmu View Post
    maybe Ivanans is not the answer if you have problems in offence
    indeed.

    I don't understand why most of Latvians want to see Ivanans on the roster - why do we need an enforcer at the IHWC? The only benefit I see - if he would be in the roster, he would be a 4th liner and would play in one line with 19yo Roberts Jekimovs who is small. If Ivanans would be on the roster, I believe that Jekimovs wouldn't get almost beaten up everytime he crosses the blue line. I remember how the opponent side, especially USA, played last year when there was Ivanans on the ice. It was a different game. But I also remember how Ivanans earned 2min for kicking away goalie's stick - probably the dumbest penalty I've ever seen.

    Otherwise, as of offensive skills, Ivanans has nothing - as he's enormously big, he's clumsy and slow.

    Still, I agree that Znaroks should have invited Arturs Kulda who is playing in the AHL. During the preparation games Znaroks was complaining about defence, but, meanwhile, there was a free AHL defender. Alright, he (also me and most of Latvian fans) hasn't seen him play at all or for many years, but anyway - he might have turned into a solid addition to the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RexKramer View Post
    Buddy, you don't know how little Austria spends on especially youth hockey...
    Believe me, Latvia spends even less money. Notonly because Austria is better developed country economically but also because noone gives a damn about youth hockey in the federation. At least in Austria you have a normal national championship, not like some 3 teams...

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    Quote Originally Posted by welmu View Post
    Have Latvia ever won a game against Sweden?
    Yes, now they have

    I also do not see much benefit from Ivanans. Some fans simply do not understand that not all the players in NHL are stars and can benefit the team much. I doubt there are players in this championship of Ivanans' position on the field that are inferior to him in quality of game.

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    Team Latvia has played well in this tournament, but the coach does not impress me. Could Latvia do even better in the future with different coach/system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by izmo26 View Post
    Team Latvia has played well in this tournament, but the coach does not impress me. Could Latvia do even better in the future with different coach/system?
    What should he do to impress you?

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    That is a good question. I just have that kind of a "feeling" that he is not the best possible coach to lead the show. He is a good coach but a fresh face could help Latvia to step up to the next level. Hockey is a popular sport in Latvia. Yes, Latvia is a small country, but there are much potential in the nation to take more victories against the big 7 or 8. But the tournament has just started. Latvia can keep up the good work and suprise again like they did against Sweden.

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    and how many coaches they have had in 2000-2009? and If I remember right, Znaroks hasn't been coaching team latvia that long. There is potential if you look fans and general interest.. but right now, IMO there is not enough good players who could help them to beat top 7 nations more often, especially if teams have all their best players available.

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    Oskars Bartulis and Aleksejs Sirokovs playing their first games tonight. Bartulis has just arrived from Phantoms Philadelphia, Sirokovs was in Berne for all the time, but was not in the official roster by that time. They will replace Olegs Sorokins and Roberts Jekimovs. Znaroks said that Jekimovs (19 yo) isn't physically capable of playing 2 games in 2 days.

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