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    Ooh... camps :)

    Well, Irbe hasn't organized a single one yet, but let me just remind you that last summer there was the first Tretiak & Naumovs camp in Riga. :)

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    bit random question, but speaking education, does the university of Latvia have a hockey program in the works? do they have plans to build a rink? I know money is the issue, I have a friend who goes there (peteris), and he tells me many times the financial problems he sees around him. (some of the buildings taken by Parex, i think?) but still, you would think the biggest university in the country deserves a hockey program. universities in canada have sometimes 3-4 private indoor rinks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLAJA View Post
    bit random question, but speaking education, does the university of Latvia have a hockey program in the works? do they have plans to build a rink? I know money is the issue, I have a friend who goes there (peteris), and he tells me many times the financial problems he sees around him. (some of the buildings taken by Parex, i think?) but still, you would think the biggest university in the country deserves a hockey program. universities in canada have sometimes 3-4 private indoor rinks!
    Not a single Latvian university has a hockey program, however LSPA (Latvian Academy of Sports Pedagogy) has a rink. Still, as far as I know (their homepage is not working), the only hockey-related thing they offer is a certified qualification for coaches and probably referees as well. I doubt that a single player of SK LSPA/Riga is studying there, as most of the team is 1992-94 born.

    I haven't heard about any future plans of University of Latvia, instead some years ago Riga Technical University announced their plans of building a modern campus etc., so probably they might include some sports programs as well. I just hope that with the crisis and everything the whole project is just on hold, not thrown in a dustbin.
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    Ricard Berzins signed in NAHL with Wenatchee Wild. It's reported he signed as free agent, so he left Prizma Riga?

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    There are currently talks that in June there could be an enforcer boxing tournament hosted in Riga.

    It is said that it would involve enforcers from KHL (our beloved goons?), NHL and Elitserien.

    The whole event would go under the ICEBOX label, which is a Latvian hockey website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davide View Post
    Ricard Berzins signed in NAHL with Wenatchee Wild. It's reported he signed as free agent, so he left Prizma Riga?
    He only played a single game for Prizma. As far as I found out, he went to Vaasa Sport, but failed to sign with them, and later he is said also to have tried his luck with Omaha Lancers.

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    actual boxing, or one of those disgrace hockey-fight tournaments like they had in North America a couple years ago?
    Sad, that this is what it comes down to..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steigs View Post
    actual boxing, or one of those disgrace hockey-fight tournaments like they had in North America a couple years ago?
    Sad, that this is what it comes down to..
    Well, as far as I could understand, it is planned to be an actual boxing tournament - with a ring, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GX View Post
    Well, as far as I could understand, it is planned to be an actual boxing tournament - with a ring, etc.
    Sounds pretty interesting if they do actual boxing, wonder who will take part, probably have to go attend just to check it out.

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    Currently it seems that hockey in Ogre will see some changes during the summer.

    The team refused it's further participation in the Latvian league, as "there were no chances of qualifying for the play-offs" anymore, although, in reality, the team is in debts with the local arena and hotels around Latvia.

    Although Ogre council has sponsored them sufficiently and asked to devote 1/3 of the money to youth hockey, there was nothing given to the youth (parents were paying) and there are only 2 local players playing for HK Ogre - there are even some Russians playing in the club. It is said that those Russians pay the club for this opportunity. Anyhow, the coaching staff Vjaceslavs Fanduls(current president of the club) and Sergejs Nekrasovs receive inadequately high wages, and Ogre council is not going to sponsor the organization in the future. Still, Ogre council promised to establish a new hockey club from Ogre and to continue youth hockey programs.

    It is also important to point out that the owner of the arena is Juris Feodorovs, who plays an important role here and who was the president of ASK/Ogre, before it was disbanded in 2009, after Latvian Interior Ministry cut its expenses. A year ago there was a minor scandal (didn't receive major attention) that the club had received the last payment from ministry which was around 50 000 USD, but the players/personnel/staff/etc. never received it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GX View Post
    The team refused it's further participation in the Latvian league, as "there were no chances of qualifying for the play-offs" anymore, although, in reality, the team is in debts with the local arena and hotels around Latvia.
    Wasn't that just a misinformation?

    "...Bijušas Latvijas valstsvienības spēlētājs Vjačeslavs Fanduļs, kurš pirms pāris gadiem uzsāka trenera karjeru pastāstīja, ka galvenais iemesls, kura dēļ HK «Ogre» šodien nevarēja spēlēt un saņēma tehnisko zaudējumu ar 0:5, nav vis situācija turnīra tabulā, bet gan tas, ka komanda vienkārši netiek ielaista Vidzemes ledus hallē. "

    Basically Fanduls says that it's not because of the position in the league table, but because they are not let into the ice rink anymore due to the debts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GX View Post
    There are currently talks that in June there could be an enforcer boxing tournament hosted in Riga.

    It is said that it would involve enforcers from KHL (our beloved goons?), NHL and Elitserien.

    The whole event would go under the ICEBOX label, which is a Latvian hockey website.
    June 2nd. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82Py5qjncpI

    The first edition will include 8 participants, no names given though. Also, organizers of the tournament have said that the tournament has caused global reaction (have missed it.. :D) and it is possible that in 2010 the final could take place in USA or Russia.
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    Some jury members have been announced:

    Raitis Ivanans
    Kaspars Kambala (well-known Latvian basketball player, who turned to professional boxing, while he had a 2 year DSQ from basketball due to doping)
    Andrei Nazarov
    Fedor Emelanenko (no idea, who he is... unrelated to hockey or Latvia)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GX View Post
    Some jury members have been announced:

    Raitis Ivanans
    Kaspars Kambala (well-known Latvian basketball player, who turned to professional boxing, while he had a 2 year DSQ from basketball due to doping)
    Andrei Nazarov
    Fedor Emelanenko (no idea, who he is... unrelated to hockey or Latvia)
    He is a MMA fighter, he's very famous in both Russia and North America
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    Dinamo Riga has confirmed their participation in Spengler Cup 2011.

    Hopefully LTV7 will broadcast the tournament.

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    Very good news, glad we accepted the invitation, look forward to the tournament and now have an even bigger reason to be excited.

    Also, anybody know how much truth is in Ryan Vesce coming to DR? I would be absolutely ecstatic if he signed with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DHKStarkovs View Post
    Very good news, glad we accepted the invitation, look forward to the tournament and now have an even bigger reason to be excited.

    Also, anybody know how much truth is in Ryan Vesce coming to DR? I would be absolutely ecstatic if he signed with us.
    How much truth there was in last years rumors about players who were supposedly to play in Dinamo this year? The only rumor that came true in the end was Telly. I tried to search for that tweet that said Vesce is coming over but to no avail.


    Also I really enjoyed watching Shpengler cup this year and I know my friends did as well. This year this tournament will be even more fun. Really hope that LTV7 will air it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by itry View Post
    How much truth there was in last years rumors about players who were supposedly to play in Dinamo this year? The only rumor that came true in the end was Telly. I tried to search for that tweet that said Vesce is coming over but to no avail.
    Yeah, good point. I suppose its just wishful thinking for the moment but hopefully it does come true, would be nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DHKStarkovs View Post
    Yeah, good point. I suppose its just wishful thinking for the moment but hopefully it does come true, would be nice.
    Well, regarding Tellqvist, it was late August so media considered every possible free goalie that was considered of slightly higher class. Earlier media reported about Lukas Kaspar - Sejejs later confessed his willingness to sign him. As Sejejs already have explained, he approaches loads of players, "an offer" is not anything huge. I rather liked Daugavins who said that he might come to Europe this summer, while just a few months ago he said that he will remain in NA for some more seasons. Have not heard anything regarding Vesce, but that would be magnificent.

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    Metalurgs Liepaja has went into bankruptcy.

    (similarly to many post-Soviet teams, it was the only in Latvia that was supported by a major industrial enterprise. apparently, they had been working with losses for already some time now...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GX View Post
    Metalurgs Liepaja has went into bankruptcy.

    (similarly to many post-Soviet teams, it was the only in Latvia that was supported by a major industrial enterprise. apparently, they had been working with losses for already some time now...)
    Just watched Sporta Studija and they said it might actually not be as bad as they say. There is still hope. At least they are going to keep their youth teams going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by itry View Post
    Just watched Sporta Studija and they said it might actually not be as bad as they say. There is still hope. At least they are going to keep their youth teams going.
    Well, alright, they have good specialists and so on, but the pyramid currently looks ruined anyway - once again it will be another youth squad who will have no place to play when they are reaching 20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GX View Post
    Well, alright, they have good specialists and so on, but the pyramid currently looks ruined anyway - once again it will be another youth squad who will have no place to play when they are reaching 20.
    very bad news, maybe Dinamo could "feed" the team as farm? Assuming Ozolnieki continues to be an amateur team, there is an hole now in Latvia between the only professional sport club and an amateur base...if you want to play hockey at professional level in Latvia you have to be a star and capture a place in dinamo roster...if no, just beer leagues....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davide View Post
    very bad news, maybe Dinamo could "feed" the team as farm? Assuming Ozolnieki continues to be an amateur team, there is an hole now in Latvia between the only professional sport club and an amateur base...if you want to play hockey at professional level in Latvia you have to be a star and capture a place in dinamo roster...if no, just beer leagues....
    Well, DHK Latgale, Ozolnieki, SMScredit.lv and Zemgale are at least half-professional, if not entirely professional teams. :) But anyway, there is indeed such a gap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davide View Post
    very bad news, maybe Dinamo could "feed" the team as farm?
    No. The reason why they have made such a decision is that they lack the sponsors. They tried to ask some money from Dinamo but they said that they don't have any to give to their farm team. There are some rumors that Liepājas Metalurgs are talking with some other teams in KHL about being their farm team, but I strongly doubt that would come true. Nevertheless there still could be some hope in seeing LM as a team in BOL next year.
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    Ted Nolan, a first nation Canadian, is new coach of Team Latvia

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    I think the Ted Nolan hiring might have been a little out of the blue, but I believe that in the end he'll end up being successful with the team
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    One of two best Latvia's hockey schools, SK Riga (the other one being Liepājas Metalurgs) is ''retreating'' from Belarus youth leagues with their 1995 and 1996 born players and is moving them to Mocow and Saint Petersburg hockey leagues. The reason... playing in Belarus is not interesting anymore, the competion there is too weak. Liepājas Metalurgs, AFAIK, still stays in Belarus with its youth teams.

    Both hockey schools decided to send their teams to Belarus youth hockey leagues as they faced weak competition locally, but now, finding only Liepājas Metalurgs and one or two decent teams to play with in Belarus too, SK Riga has decided to move to a higher level of competition.

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    That is interesting, a good move for both Russian and Latvian clubs imho
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