Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Phil Davies on 09/16/10 at 11:34 PM ET
The hockey season is here again!
Free agent signings are almost complete, as NHL teams finalize their rosters for training camp. The rookie training camps are currently underway, with players such as Taylor Hall and Nazem Khadri lighting it up for their respective teams, curious fans and diligent poolies who are looking for a jump on their competition. Hockey is also in full swing in Europe, where Germany’s DEL league team; Eisbaren Berlin, upset some rival powerhouse European clubs to win the inaugural European Trophy Championship. Previously called the Nordic Trophy (featuring teams from Sweden and Finland only), the eighteen team tournament has been expanded to include other European domestic leagues, with Russia’s KHL being the notable exception. The breakdown of teams by country is as follows:
ZSC Lions Zurich
Red Bull Salzburg (host team for the playoff round)
Following an initial round robin and quarterfinal round of playoffs; four teams remained, with Eisbaren Berlin facing SC Bern and HV71 facing off against their fellow Swedish Elitserien league team; Farjestad. Berlin advanced with a 5-1 victory to face HV71, who triumphed with an equally lopsided victory; 6-2. After taking an initial 3-0 lead, Berlin were able to cruise to a 5-3 victory, while riding solidly on the back of former NHL’er Jeff Friesen’s two goals. Despite having Swedish stalwart; Johan Davidsson and the Washington Capitals 7th overall pick in the 1999 draft, Kris Beech; HV71 will have to look towards next year, in order to seek revenge on the underdogs from Berlin. In the meantime, Eisbaren’s victory brings major credibility to Germany’s often underrated DEL league.
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