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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Saturday, May 15, 2021 3:21:19 PM

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...are about to start in a week. I went to see the IHWC site and found this interesting article in the main page. It might be interesting to you women, Canadians, and those worried about the climate.

https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2021/ww/news/25418/hovi_brings_hockey_passion_to_penticton
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, May 21, 2021 11:30:12 PM

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The first surprice in the first day of the games. Latvia won Canada by 2-0.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Saturday, May 22, 2021 8:43:59 AM

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Another big suprise today. Denmark won Sweden by 4-3.

(The big six countries are Canada, USA, Sweden, Finland, Czech, and Russia. They usually compete about the medals, but are not unbeatable.)
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2021 12:00:24 PM

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Oh *&^^$#@! Kazakhstan just beat Finland after shootout. Yesterday the beat Latvia.

This was their seventh win ever in WC matches. Their first against Finland. The shots on goal went 59 to 19 for Finns, but Kazakhs goaltender was brilliant.

It's always good to see these surprise wins in WC games.

I'm not worried about Finland. Yesterday we won USA 2-1. Five matches to go in the first round.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2021 12:33:20 PM

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Yet another big boom. Belorussia just won Sweden 1-0. No points for Swedes so far.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Monday, May 24, 2021 5:13:05 PM

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... and more. Russia was beaten by Slovakia (not a giant surprise), and Canada lost its third match against Germany. This starts to look interesting.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 2:22:43 PM

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Supporters in every sports are sometimes very creative. The Fans of Great Britain team couldn't travel to Riga, so they created a Fan Zone in one of the members' garden.



The whole story is here: Keeping the party going
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Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2021 2:55:49 PM

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As can be seen, this sport has mass market appeal in the UK. All of the UK fans made it to this garden!!
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2021 3:11:06 PM

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Yesterday night the Brits won its first straight win in IHWC games since 1962. Four to three against Belorussia. That last win before was against Finland 7-5.

Tov, every fan club start from the grass roots.
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Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2021 5:29:11 PM

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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Yesterday night the Brits won its first straight win in IHWC games since 1962. Four to three against Belorussia. That last win before was against Finland 7-5.

Tov, every fan club start from the grass roots.


I was just messing with you, JJ - it seemed wrong that you were the only poster on the thread. Come on the Peterborough Pirates!!!!
thar
Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2021 5:55:57 PM

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The second division championships was supposed to be co-hosted in Iceland last year.
Cancelled because of covid.

I am still in awe that Britain managed to make the top flight. Figure skating has a hard time here, and the number of champions from that is ridiculous when you look at the facilities and actual number of people who skate at all. And ice hockey requires ice time and ice rinks that just aren't there in the UK.
The only country there that has no frozen winter.

Iceland is not big on skating. Outside in winter it is probably dark, wet and blowing a gale, and inside - who wants to go inside to be cold?d'oh!

plus - if you can believe the stats, it is a girls' game in Iceland!

IIHF member stats
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Iceland
Male Players 152
Junior Players 355
Female Players 168
Total Referees 25
Indoor Rinks 3
Outdoor Rinks 0




(a swedish team, but Icelandic players Berglind Leifsdottir, Sunna Bjorgvinsdottir and Herborg Geirsdottir)

Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021 4:45:07 AM

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Definitely not a number one sports in Iceland ;-)
But hey! It's a girls' game also in Canada:

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Canada
Male Players     76,899
Junior Players     429,173
Female Players     101,879
Total Referees     31,487
Indoor Rinks     2,860
Outdoor Rinks     5,000
thar
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021 7:03:13 AM

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Hmmm, definitely not inclined to believe those figures!

In Iceland the problem is that there are only four teams, so they just have to play each other a lot. But some players do play abroad, at junior teams in Germany, Canada, Finland. So that is also remarkable, given their experience and opportunities to play, compared to the local players in those places and elsewhere.

It is very minor in the UK. My local team now is the Guildford Flames, in the top league and play in a 2000 seater arena. I have never seen them covered in the newspapers around here, although it may be too far away to count as local. According to their website the rules for the league are

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.... teams skate with 14 foreign nationals, 5 British trained players, and up to three British skaters who are 23 years old or younger.


which just emphasises how amazing it is that Britain can field a team at all. Even if some may have grown up elsewhere (I don't know that) it is still amazing anyone qualified to play for Britain can play at that level.

Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Monday, May 31, 2021 11:32:59 PM

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First time ever (since the late 80's) Sweden is out of knock out games after preliminary round. The same can happen to Canada this day in the last game in group B against Finland.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 9:05:11 AM

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Finns won 3-2 in shootout, so Canada got one point. She has to wait till the evening what happens between Germany and Latvia. If either takes a straight win, Canada will survive.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 5:27:41 AM

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Germany won Latvia 2-1. Canada became 4th in group B and plays against Russia in quarters. The other pairs are USA against Slovakia, Switzerland against Germany, and Finland against Czech. They all play on Thursday.

Just for curiosity, United Arab Emirates is ranked 47th in IIHF.

United Arab Emirates
Male Players 155
Junior Players 337
Female Players 98
Total Referees 23
Indoor Rinks 4
Outdoor Rinks 0
Nation Population 9,992,083

They play in III division in IHWC tournaments.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2021 4:00:20 PM

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Today's quarters:

USA - Slovakia 6-1
Germany - Switzerland 3-2 after shootout
Canada - Russia 2-1 in overtime
Finland - Czhech 1-0

So, the semifinal pairs on Saturday are USA vs. Canada, and Finland vs. Germany.

Finals will be played on Sunday.
thar
Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2021 7:20:56 PM

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Go Finland and Canada! Angel
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Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:19:01 PM

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2021 3:35:18 AM

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If I were to predict, I have a hunch of USA and Finland in final. But this is sports, anything can happen.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Saturday, June 5, 2021 2:14:31 PM

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Canada, after all the troubles in prelimanary round, won USA by 4-2.
Finland won Germany 2-1.

So, it's the repeat final (2019 Finns won the championship 3-1).
thar
Posted: Saturday, June 5, 2021 3:23:16 PM

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hmmm, sounds like I will have to be rooting for Canada, then. Always back the underdog.

ON the other hand, I don't think you can ever count Canada as an underdog in ice hockey, so Finland it is.


And Germany for third. (sorry mercans, but I am occasionally European).
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Posted: Saturday, June 5, 2021 5:41:57 PM

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Yep, it's difficult to decide who to support, so I'm going for Suomi, simply because it's a ridiculous way to spell Finland :) Whistle
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2021 6:49:41 AM

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The Finnish Team captain, Marko Anttila carries nickname "Mörkö". It comes from Tove Jansson's Moomin tales character with the same name, the Groke in English translations. Anttila is 203 cm and 104 kg.

Finnish Broadcasting Company, YLE, published their version of Mörkö:



EDITED to add:

Just noticed In January 2022, Mörkö is slated to perform in an on-ice adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen at the new Tampere Deck Arena, the main venue for the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship
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Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2021 7:31:00 AM

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At least Suomi has its name.

A frozen food supermarket tried to trademark "Iceland", and prevent any Icelandic businesses from using it. It sounds comic but it was serious economic bullying.


I am always a little sad when countries use the English name for their country in things like sports, when hey have another one . But sometimes you need to, especially when nobody even recognises your name as a country at all!
Ísland has Iceland on its hockey shirts because I don't think most people in Division 2 knows who Ísland is. Island? What Island? Whistle


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Supermarket retailer Iceland is to appeal losing its trademark to the nation of Iceland in a landmark victory.

Since 2016, the pair have been embroiled in a legal despite due to what the nation of Iceland has said is repeated attempts from the retailer to hinder trademark applications from the island state’s many businesses.

The European Union Intellectual Property Office last week ruled that Iceland Foods could not register ‘Iceland’ within the EU, a turnaround on a 2014 decision granting it the rights to the name.

On the 2014 decision, the Promote Iceland agency said the retailer has reportedly won cases against firms "even in cases when the products and services do not compete". In the appeal, it presented the argument that the "country's businesses are unable to promote themselves across Europe in association with their place of origin — a place of which we are rightly proud and enjoys a very positive national branding". It further added the case that as a place, the trademark should not have been delivered in 2014.














Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2021 12:56:35 PM

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I've been in sauna, eaten well. Some beers in freezer, and some snacks on the sofa table. Now it's time to enjoy. Whatever happens, let's hope the trophy goes to the better team.

Good luck, Canada! Good luck, Finland! The final will begin soon.

thar
Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2021 1:12:50 PM

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That's the attitude. That way you always win, whatever happens.

Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2021 1:31:46 PM

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First period. Nine minutes played. Finland makes it 1-0.
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Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2021 2:26:43 PM

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Second period, 24 minutes. Canada 1-1 in power play.
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Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2021 2:43:24 PM

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End of period two. 1-1. Canada made another goal, but it was offside. Pheww! Strong playing by both teams.

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Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:05:43 PM

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Five minutes played in third period. 2-1 to Finland.
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Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:18:22 PM

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Canada tied to 2-2, powerplay again. Seven minutes left.
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Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:29:53 PM

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After three periods it's tied. Overtime coming.
thar
Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:37:33 PM

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I tried to check the score and got search results from "Pakistan Christian TV" .
Pretty surprised Pakistan has a Christian TV station. Completely confused as to why they should be so hot on ice hockey! Eh?
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:39:23 PM

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For the first time in IHWC history they will play 20-minute overtimes as long as it takes. No shootouts. They play 3 against 3.
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