Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/21/06 at 03:40 PM ET
The International Ice Hockey Federation will be monitoring Tuesday's game between Sweden and Slovakia after Swedish coach Bengt Ake Gustafsson suggested he wouldn't mind if his team lost or tied its last preliminary-round game so they could face Switzerland and avoid Canada or the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals Wednesday. "This is the biggest stage that hockey has. We are being watched by a potential 3.2 billion people in 200 countries," IIHF spokesman Szymon Szemberg said Tuesday. We don't want game previews to be about tanked games. This is not our objective. So this is definitely not the exposure we want."more
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