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from Rob Brodie of the Ottawa Sun,
Here ‘‘Rudy’’ is again this week, heading up the Czech Republic delegation at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
It’s a tournament that has captured the imagination of this country like no soccer event before it.
But Bata, a jovial 80-year-old from Prague, knows full well which game will always tug at heartstrings here more than any other. He saw it firsthand 35 years ago, playing a not so bit part in what still remains one of the great moments in Canadian sports history.
Bata was one of two officials on the ice in Moscow on that September day in 1972, when Paul Henderson’s goal allowed Canada to triumph in the final game of the famed 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union.
read on for some memories…
by George James Malik
I spotted a familiar author’s name while looking at Sport-Express.ru’s hockey page. Igor Larin, who’s basically Russia’s Garrioch, Brooks, and Cox combined, wrote an article suggesting that the Russians have “won” the battle to keep their mid-range players from the clutches of the mean and dirty NHL by not signing a transfer agreement, as proven in the draft, and Larin (who’s such a proponent of the Superleague’s superiority to the NHL that it’s not funny) made some more interesting suggestions.
The bloggers that were sent over to Moscow by the Washington Capitals to cover the WC did a fantastic job and I enjoyed following along with them.
Hopefully they have set a standard that others will follow.
from Darren Pang at Panger’s Blog,
I am working alongside Florida Panthers Play-by-Play voice, Dave Strader. He had some interesting views on the way the West has been officiated and how the standard has been tolerated. Many of us believe that there is way more interference and holding up in the West when compared to the East. It will be interesting to see how the adjustments will be made, if at all, when the Stanley Cup finals begin. The East could end up getting a plethora of powerplays!
more on Wings/Ducks and the World Championship…
from Reuters via the Moscow Times,
The Russians were left licking their wounds once their dream of winning gold on home ice was shattered with a 2-1 semifinal defeat by Finland in overtime on Saturday.
“Suicide!” blared a front-page headline in the leading sports daily Sport-Express on Monday.
“Finnish woodcutters destroyed the Russian Dream Team,” wrote Komsomolskaya Pravda.
It was the country’s first ever World Championship defeat in Moscow, which was hosting its fifth tournament since the competition began in 1957.
Russia coach Vyacheslav Bykov said it was a case of bad luck: “It was just an accident,” he said after his side beat Sweden 3-1 in a consolation game for third place Sunday to salvage some pride.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The best thing any team looking to become more competitive in the NHL could do would be to immediately try to lure Yzerman to town, but that’s probably not happening.
It’s not clear what his plan is, but I doubt he’ll be leaving Detroit, even if it means Mike Ilitch has to give him a slice of the franchise.
But Hockey Canada, now that’s a different story.
In Wayne Gretzky, Ken Holland, Steve Tambellini and others, the national body has more than a few experienced choices when it comes to naming a general manager for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Can we stop the bleating about not seeing enough goals in the playoffs?
You’d swear those complaining that we’re not seeing basketball scores in the postseason had never seen a playoff game or understood what makes the NHL playoffs so compelling.
continued, plus more NHL and IIHF talk…
from the CP via TSN,
Now that’s the kind of formula that wins international hockey championships.
Canada got goals from skilled players and grinders, timely saves from goaltender Cam Ward and didn’t repeat any of the mistakes it had made earlier in the tournament on Sunday during a 4-2 win over Finland in the gold medal game at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.
Never heard “Smoke on the Water” played by violins before.
from Joe Pelletier’s Legends of Hockey,
My other hockey website, 1972 Summit Series.com, is going to Hollywood.
Actually, it’s going to New Brunswick where CTV is filming a made for tv movie called Sticks and Stones.
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