Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/31/06 at 12:02 AM ET
As mentioned last week, the New York Times continues to write about hockey. The stories have been enjoyable and unique…
from Jeff Z. Klein and Karl-Eric Reif of the New York Times,
This is the time of year for international tournaments, none bigger than the world junior championship under way in Sweden. The annual event is a showcase for the world’s best players age 20 and under.
Although the tournament generates moderate interest in Europe and little in the United States, it is hugely popular in Canada, where it receives some of the highest television ratings of the year. That may be due in part to Canada’s having won 12 titles since the tournament became an official International Ice Hockey Federation event in 1977, a total matched by Russia and its predecessor, the Soviet Union.
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