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Hockey Championships from Around the World 2013-14

The CHL, AHL, NHL are still comepting for championships.  As such, championships from around the world have been determined in the past few weeks. Many of these league

Switzerland - ZSC Lions are National League A Champions 

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A Look at the Roots of Finnish Goaltending

From "The Atlantic", one of the most comprehensive articles I have seen on Finnish Goaltending.  It discusses, the heritage, the difference in approach versus North America, and the fear that the Swedes have overtaken the Finns as the leading producer of elite goaltenders.

http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/02/the-puck-stops-here/357579/

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Goaltending Development - Swedish Style

It has only been a few weeks since the CHL announced the ban on European goalie. At the time I was in Finland instructing and learning how to instruct in their system.  Since then a few articles have surfaced discussing the Swedish system of developing goaltenders.  The Finns view the Swedes as the country most likely to overtake them as the leading developer of goaltenders.

What is the Swedish Recipe for goaltending development.?  The two links below will reveal their secret ingredients.

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Repeat Champions in the KHL

A continent away, International championships are well on their way to being determined.

Most notable is the conclusion of the KHL, who yesterday crowned Dynamo Moscow champions for the second year in a row. 

Story (in English) and 14 minutes of video highlights (in Russian) found here.

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NHL Fans Should be Having This Much Fun

In this season of a no-season, a 5 minute escape from reality.  Jokerit fans travel to Turku for an SM-Liiga game.

This is why I love the Finns!

And 81 is a popular jersey number for Jokerit fans.

Watch below.

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