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Azerbaijan’s Ice Hockey Ambition: The Emergence of a Fresh National Team.

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

In the heart of Baku, within the luminous glow of the ice rink, a momentous occasion unfolded, potentially heralding a new chapter in the realm of sports in Azerbaijan. On February 13, the Azerbaijan national ice hockey team, consisting of 18 enthusiastic players spanning various age groups, graced the ice for their inaugural open training session. This event held immense significance, not only for the players and their mentors, but for the entire nation. Under the guidance of Head Coach Aleksandr Bilinov, this endeavor signifies a burgeoning interest in a sport that, until now, had not garnered widespread attention in this region.

The atmosphere at the Ice Rink in Baku was filled with anticipation and a tangible sense of ambition as the newly established team displayed their talents. Among them were both young and experienced players, all sharing a common aspiration: to enhance Azerbaijan’s presence in the international ice hockey arena. The formation of this team serves as a testament to the growing popularity of ice hockey in the country, a trend that Coach Bilinov has been dedicated to fostering. “We have witnessed a remarkable surge in interest among the younger generation,” Bilinov commented, his eyes reflecting the sparkle of the ice. “More and more children are joining, eager to learn and progress. It is a promising sign of what lies ahead.”

The future of ice hockey in Azerbaijan is a topic of great interest. The aspirations of the national team go beyond the boundaries of the rink in Baku. Led by Bilinov and Coach Zaur Mammadaliyev, the team has set ambitious goals to compete in major international competitions within the next five years. This is a remarkable achievement for a newly formed team, but the determination and skill exhibited by the players indicate that these aspirations are not mere fantasies. Mammadaliyev expressed his confidence, stating, “Our primary objective is to foster the growth of ice hockey in Azerbaijan. We firmly believe that it will gain popularity, attracting more participants and fans.”

The establishment of the national ice hockey team and its inaugural open training session represents a significant milestone for the sport, serving as a symbol of hope for the future of athletics in Azerbaijan. As the team continues to train and develop, the growing interest in ice hockey among Azerbaijani youth becomes more evident. This increasing passion for the sport is a strong indication of the potential for ice hockey to become an integral part of Azerbaijani sports culture. With committed coaches, talented players, and a clear vision for the future, the Azerbaijan national ice hockey team is well-positioned to make its mark on the global stage, challenging the conventional norms and expectations of sports in the country.

The Azerbaijan national ice hockey team is on a promising path as they progress, with the ice of Baku marking just the start of their journey. Through perseverance, commitment, and the unwavering backing of the community, the team has the capability to reach their lofty aspirations. This tale of resolve and drive not only adds a significant chapter to the nation’s sports legacy but also motivates upcoming athletes in Azerbaijan and beyond. Keep an eye on the Azerbaijan national ice hockey team as they glide towards their goals, igniting hope and enthusiasm wherever they go.

 

Guelph’s Finoro climbs the hockey mountain in the Italian Alps

Guelph’s Giordano Finoro of HC Asiago chews on his mouthguard as he sits on the bench watching play in the ICE Hockey League this season. Finoro is in his third season with the Italian team.Serena Fantini / HC Asiago

By Rob Massey –

Just over two years ago, Guelph’s Giordano Finoro had a decision to make.

He was playing for the University of Guelph Gryphons in Ontario university men’s hockey, but the resumption of the 2021-22 season following the usual break for exams and Christmas was going to be delayed due to COVID. This was after a late start of the season – the Gryphons had played seven games before the holiday break – and the entire 2020-21 season had been cancelled due to the pandemic.

Finoro and the other Gryphons had played a total of seven games in a year and a half and there was talk at the time that the remainder of the 2021-22 season might be cancelled too. With that uncertainty Finoro decided he had to go overseas to continue playing his chosen sport.

“It was definitely a very difficult decision,” he said during a virtual conversation. “On one hand, I did feel like I was abandoning the team, abandoning the young guys coming up because as one of the leaders on the Guelph team, I felt that it was a responsibility for myself to take the younger kids under your wing and kind of show them the ropes and be a role model for them.

“I was watching the world juniors and they were talking about certain players from the Finns, from the Czechs, the Swedes and they were saying how many games they had played. There were 14 games played, 20 games played over in the leagues because generally those young kids are playing up in the pro leagues. I thought to myself that all these kids were getting development still. At the university we’re not playing any games,” he continued. “So I sat down with my parents and I said that I didn’t believe that I was done with hockey and I felt that if I was taking two years off of hockey, that would really set me back with my goals and what I wanted to take out of hockey.”

That decision made, Finoro joined Asiago HC, then playing in the Alps Hockey League. Including the playoffs, he had 11 goals and eight assists in 22 games.

The team based in Asiago, a mountain city in northern Italy, had already been accepted into the ICE Hockey League of Austria for the 2022-23 season and his production continued as he had 29 goals and 28 assists in 50 regular-season and playoff games.

Teams in the ICE league are allowed to use more import players than the teams in the Alps league can and that creates an uptick in play.

“The play of the players and the ability,” Finoro answered when asked the difference between the two leagues. “It was a lot faster (in the ICE league). The decision-making had to be a second quicker. You do have more imports and they are better imports. They’re drawing more from guys coming out of the AHL from back home, the ECHL and guys who have been over here for a while who have played in the top leagues in Finland. The calibre of hockey increased dramatically.

“The depth of the teams wasn’t as strong as the depth is in this league. Generally the teams in the Alps league would have one to two very good lines and the play kind of falls off in the third and fourth lines. Up in the ICE league, you have three to four very good lines playing every night.”

While Finoro was born in Guelph – he turns 26 in May – he’s now considered a non- import as he’s a dual citizen of Italy and Canada. And now that he’s played for more than 16 months with Asiago, there are more benefits of being considered an Italian.

“I am officially eligible for the Italian national team and I have been put on the roster as of now,” he said.

But is there a chance of playing for Italy in the six-team world championship Division One, Group A tournament in Bolzano, Italy, at the end of April? Winner of that
tournament moves up into the 16-team world championship tournament that includes Canada and the other hockey superpowers for 2025.

“Definitely,” Finoro said. “They have three tournaments throughout the year to watch you and evaluate you if you can come to the camp. I went to the first one in November. We went to Budapest. There was one in December, but my team didn’t send any players as we had games very close to the beginning of the tournament and the end of the tournament, so they didn’t want to overwork us.

“I’ll be attending the one in February and I have been asked to go to the world championship tryouts for the national team in April.”

As for the hockey in the ICE league, it’s quite a bit different from what Finoro had played in Canada.

“It’s a lot more possession style game. I’m in the top Austrian league right now, the ICE Hockey League, and it’s one of the more physical leagues due to the number of imports. Because we do have a lot of North Americans coming over here, we’re kind of bringing that North American style of game to a bigger ice surface. It’s very fast because of the bigger ice surface. If you’re not a strong skater, it can definitely be shown on the ice. If you watch the Finns, the Swedes, the Russians, you can kind of see that more of possession-style game – slowing the game down, holding it.”

Finoro, though, had been used to playing home games with the Gryphons on the Olympic-sized ice surface at the Gryphon Centre.

“That was definitely an advantage for me coming over here, having already played on the big ice,” he said. “It was an easier transition. I wouldn’t say it was exactly smooth. The pace of play was a little bit higher and adjusting to fellow imports over here and the Italian players, there are some very good players that are over here. The increase in play and the increase in skill was a little bit of an adjustment, but being able to play on the big ice before I came over here was definitely an advantage.”

Asiago is one of three teams in the 13-team ICE league that are located in Italy. There is also a team in Hungary and another one in Slovenia while the other eight are in Austria.

As beautiful as the city of Asiago is, seemingly surrounded by mountains on every side, Finoro’s personal goals might take him away from there.

“The city, the team are absolutely amazing, but I do have higher aspirations for myself in order to move on and play at the highest league level possible,” he said. “Looking back at my rap sheet of hockey teams (junior B, major junior and university hockey before going overseas), I continuously improve over the years and find an opportunity in a higher league and I continuously move up and up and up. The ICE league is a very good league over in Europe and it’s a very tough league to get into, but with success will open doors for the top leagues in Europe. That’s including Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Germany, (Czechia). My aspiration is to move up into those leagues and to play with the best players in the world.”

However, playing overseas means some sacrifices, especially in your personal life.

“I do want to come home and see family. Coming from a big Italian family, that is probably the hardest part of being over here – missing all the family get-togethers,”
Finoro said. “I am pursuing my dream and I would never take that away from myself, but that is definitely the hardest part – missing all the time and the memories with my family and my friends.”

Slovakia denies plans of playing games against Russia

Finland’s Jani Nyman, right, and Slovakia’s Juraj Pekarčík, left, challenge for the puck during the in IIHF World Junior Championship ice hockey quarter final match between Slovakia and Finland at Froelundaborg in Gothenburg, Sweden, on January 2, 2024.

Source: The Slovakia Spectator

The Russian ice-hockey website Allhockey.ru wrote on Wednesday that the Slovak national hockey team wants to play a preliminary game, or more, against Russia ahead of the 2024 world championship.

The website didn’t say where this report came from. Instead, it went on to say that Russian Hockey Federation President Vladislav Tretiak supported the idea of ​​Slovakia playing against Russia. He himself had no information about Slovakia’s interest in preliminary games against Russia.

“Is it true the Slovak Hockey Federation wants to see matches between the national teams of Slovakia and Russia?” he asked. “We’ll be happy to host any federation that wants to play with the Russian national team.”

On the same day, Slovakia’s hockey federation denied the information and called it fake news that ‘shocked’ the body.

On the same day, Slovakia’s hockey federation denied the information and called it fake news that ‘shocked’ the body.

We have not held any talks with the Russian Hockey Federation, nor do we have any plans to play preliminary games against the Russian hockey team,” the Slovak federation said in its statement.

Slovakia will play eight preliminary games. None of the games will be against Russia.

Banned Russians

The fake news about the Russia-Slovakia preliminary games also surprised former Russian ice-hockey legend Vyacheslav Fetisov.

“If the Slovak national team plays against us, they will also be suspended,” he told the Russian website.

Russian teams are not allowed to participate in the international hockey federation’s events due to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Moreover, in November 2022, the International Ice-Hockey Federation sanctioned the Russian Ice Hockey Federation with a reprimand for violating the ethics code, after it failed to prevent signs showing support for promoting the war in Ukraine from appearing in arenas.

Slovakia as “unfriendly country”

Other former Russian players also welcomed the news about Slovakia’s reported interest in the games against Russia.

“I think they understand and realise the quality of our team and want to test their players against strong opponents! For them this is a good test. And for us it’s practice,” said the former coach of Russia’s national team, Vyacheslav Bykov.

But on Wednesday evening, the Russian Hockey Federation said that there would ‘definitely be no matches this season’. It added that ‘the dialogue will continue next season.’

Following the statement, Russian hockey coach Andrei Nazarov said about Slovakia’s refusal to play Russia that ‘Slovakia is now an unfriendly country for us.’

This year, the world championship will take place in the Czech Republic.

The historic Spengler Hockey Cup is being played in Davos: Ambri Piotta dreams of an encore

Source: Verbano News

The oldest invitational tournament in the world (it was born in 1923) kicks off on Boxing Day. Six teams at the start including Team Canada, the Ticino biancoblu surprisingly won the 2022 edition and will try to repeat themselves

On the afternoon of Boxing Day , one of the most fascinating events in the world of European ice hockey kicks off , the historic Spengler Cup – or Spengler Cup – which is played every year in Davos, in the Canton of Grisons. The first edition dates back to 1923 and was invented – in fact – by Dr. Carl Spengler, whose name it takes.

The Spengler is not a championship or even a normal tournament between club teams which are the vast majority. However, participation is by invitation (it is the oldest tournament of this type in the world), allows the registered teams to strengthen their staff with loans from other companies and also sees a particular formation such as Team Canada at the start . Which obviously is not the Canadian national team but a selection of Canadian players playing in the European championships.

In short, a hybrid which however allows us to offer a great hockey spectacle and give fans a series of interesting matches in a period – between Christmas and New Year – where national tournaments are sometimes on pause.

There are six participating teams for each edition (until recently there were five) and six is ​​also the number of hockey sticks that make up the current trophy (in the opening photo). One of these is always the host Davos who, however, has not won the cup since 2006. In the 2023 edition, in addition to the Grisons yellow-blues and Team Canada, the Finns of KalPa Kuopio (winners in ’18), the Czechs of Dynamo Pardubice will also participate , the Swedes of Frölunda and the Ticinese of Ambrì Piotta.


The presence of Ambrì is special : it is one of the two great Ticino clubs (the other is Lugano: the rivalry between the two is very heated), boasts numerous fans even among Italian (and Varese) fans and is even the reigning champion . In fact, Ambrì Piotta won the 2022 edition not without surprise, beating Sparta Prague in the shootout final (i.e. penalties) to the delight of the thousands of Leventina fans who flocked to Davos. The decisive goal was scored by Inti Pestoni, one of the symbolic players of the current Ambrì. For the white and blue club, little accustomed to triumphs in its long history, it was a truly historic success even if the Spengler, due to its invitational nature, is not considered an official trophy. But it equally gives prestige to those who conquer it.

The blue and whites then return to Davos as reigning champions and are placed in the group with Pardubice and KalPa and will play the opening match on Boxing Day against the Czechs. After the two matches for each team in the group, the direct elimination matches will begin on December 29th which will culminate on New Year’s Eve with the final which will start at 12.10 pm .

Taking a look at the roll of honour,  Italy appears with five successes  but in prehistoric times: the  Rossoneri Devils  of Milan won twice in the pre-war period in 1934 and ’34 and made it three in 1950; in ’53 and ’54  HC Milano Inter won instead . Then nothing more and the level of Italian hockey is almost always a step below what is seen at Spengler. Among the  Ticino teams,  Ambrì’s victory in 2022 was the first achieved by the canton that borders Italy: Lugano has played three finals (in 2015 and ’16 they lost in the final to Team Canada) but without ever winning the trophy.

The matches are produced and broadcast by Swiss state TV and relaunched in around thirty countries by individual local TV stations (most of Europe, Israel and Canada) but there are no Italian broadcasters in the list . Spengler, however, has its own YouTube channel where you can watch the matches with commentary in English.

New Coach for the National Ice Hockey Team after Previous One Goes AWOL

Source: Hungary Today

The Hungarian Ice Hockey Federation has found an in-house solution to replace Kevin Constantine, who left over the summer despite his ongoing contract. Keeping his current position, acting professional director Don MacAdam will now also work as the federation Head Coach. MacAdam will be assisted by Balázs Ladányi, who is currently in charge of the U20 team, reported Magyar Nemzet.

Kevin Constantine has put the Hungarian Ice Hockey Federation (MJSZ) in a very awkward situation by taking a job in Canada despite his contract still being valid this summer. At the same time, the American professional has also put his club team in an uncomfortable position by leaving. The MJSZ took legal action and Constantine did not avoid prosecution. The Western Hockey League (WHL), a member organization of Canada’s top junior hockey league, banned Constantine as head coach of the Wenatchee Wild for two years for what the official wording described as discriminatory and derogatory remarks. The Constantine chapter is over once and for all in Hungarian hockey, with the MJSZ announcing on its website that Don MacAdam will take over as head coach of the men’s national team until the end of the season.

MacAdam is no stranger to the hockey world. In Hungary, he made his name as head coach of Romanian team Csíkszereda, in 2019, he was asked to become the professional director of youth development at Ferencváros, and from 2021, he was appointed as the development director of the MJSZ, later the sports director.

Levente Sipos, the general secretary of the MJSZ, said that they had searched for a possible successor to Constantine for a long time, but the professionals they had chosen could not take on the job of Hungarian captain because of their club commitments.

We decided to appoint Don because he has been working in Hungarian hockey for many years, so he knows the players and coaches, the potential, the goals, and the challenges of the sport. He has a wealth of experience and expertise, having worked in the NHL, written books, and taught,

Don MacAdam (b. 1950) played hockey in the lower divisions of the North American leagues and was under 30 when he became a coach. He first became an assistant coach at the University of New Brunswick in 1976, and then head coach for eight years, being named coach of the year in his first season. He taught and coached in Canada, becoming assistant coach of the Detroit Red Wings in 1986, assisting Jacques Demers. After three seasons with Edmonton. He also joined Oilers farm team in the AHL and won a championship gold ring as a member of the 1990 Stanley Cup-winning Oilers staff. It was also the club where the most famous hockey player of all time, Wayne Gretzky, played, although the Great One was no longer with the Oilers, joining the Los Angeles Kings in 1988. MacAdam spent the 1990s in the AHL and the 2000s in the ECHL, and coached in Japan for two seasons. He has been working in Europe since 2014.

The Hungarian national ice hockey team was among the elite at the World Championships this year, but was eliminated in a huge battle. In 2024, they will try to qualify for the Division I/A World Championship, which will take place from April 28 to May 4, and will include Hungary and hosts Italy, Slovenia, Romania, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, with two teams making the elite.

Slovak women’s national team is waiting for an international break, the next tournament will be played in February

Source: Hockey Slovakia

The Slovak women’s hockey team will not participate in the next international event until February 2024. Until then, the basis of the national team will be prepared under the banner of ŠKP Bratislava, which operates in the multinational EWHL. The youth girls’ national team program continues according to the original schedule.

The women’s national team played its last game at the end of August at the A-Group tournament of the Division I of the World Championship in China. The next event awaits in March and April of next year, when the team will appear at the B-group tournament of the Division I of the World Championships. In Riga, Latvia, the Slovak women will be fighting for promotion to Division I A of the world championships.

“Based on the current state the budget for women’s national teams, was decided together with the leadership of the Slovak Ice Hockey Association that the senior team will not participate in any international events until the end of the year. The World Championships in China and the preparatory camp at the venue of the World Championship drained us financially. The costs of travel, accommodation and preparation were high. That’s why we took this responsible step, similar to, the example, the Norwegian association,” said the general manager of the women’s national teams, Ľubomíra Kožanová. 

However, the best Slovak female hockey players playing on ŠKP Bratislava are also currently guaranteed an international confrontation. In the EWHL, they play against teams from Austria, Italy, Poland, Kazakhstan and Hungary. 

“At the same time, we are happy that more and more of our players are working abroad. After a long period, Iveta Klimášová became active in Finland. Lucia Drábeková and Barbora Kapičáková got an engagement in China, and we will also monitor the performance of other players palying abroad . At the next international tournament in February, which will most likely be in Bratislava, all the adepts for the WC in Riga will be able to show themselves,” continued Kožanová.

The under-18 and under-16 girls’ youth national teams will not be affected by the restrictions in the coming weeks and months. The U18th are awaiting a home tournament in Púchov in November, on the 16th they will travel to France. “In the near future, we will place emphasis primarily on the high-quality preparation of the 18-team squad, which will compete in the elite category championship in Zug, Switzerland in January,” added Kožanová.

Pushing ahead with Iberian ice hockey league

Source: The Portugal News

The Portuguese Winter Sports Federation (FDIP) and the Royal Spanish Ice Hockey Federation have signed a collaboration agreement with a view to organizing an Iberian Ice Hockey League ice.

“The highest federative institutions of Spain and Portugal of the sport, with the support of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), signed yesterday (Saturday) an agreement that begins with the participation of the Portuguese Club H.C. Porto in the Spanish National League of Ice Hockey (LNHH)”.

According to the note, the signing of the agreement took place in Vilamoura, where the IIHF Semi-Annual Congress is taking place this week, and had the support of its president Luc Tardif, with the two federations expressing, on paper, their intention to develop a active collaboration for the promotion and development of ice hockey in Spain and Portugal.

“The first stage of this agreement is already underway and involves the inclusion of the Portuguese Club H.C. Porto in the official RFEDH competition: the National Ice Hockey League (LNHH)”, says the statement, adding that the Portuguese team has already competed in the their first games in this competition, which has a total of eight participating teams.

The agreement also aims to allow both federations to consolidate their competitions and teams, creating in the short term an Iberian Ice Hockey League, with different clubs from Spain and Portugal, with Andorra as a possible third country to complete the picture.

Türkiye’s youngest ice hockey star sets sights on European glory

 Source: Daily Sabah

Türkiye’s 15-year-old Tan Nisan Göksal has become the youngest ice hockey player ever transferred to a European nation, signaling a bright future for both herself and her homeland in the world of ice hockey.

Known for their success in the Turkish league and their contribution to the national team, the Istanbul Pirates Ice Hockey Club is now beaming with pride over exporting young talent to Europe.

Tan Nisan Göksal, who rose through the ranks of the club’s youth system, has now made a significant move to Hungary, joining the Angels team.

During an interview with Anadolu Agency (AA) at Zeytinburnu Ice Island in Istanbul Göksal shared her aspirations and hopes for the future.

Göksal’s journey in ice hockey began at the young age of 5, as she recalled her early days skating along the Yeşilköy shore.

It was during one of her outings that she crossed paths with the players of the Pirates Ice Hockey team who were practicing on the rink, and that is when her love affair with the sport began at 6.

Clearly passionate about the sport, Göksal expressed her love for ice hockey and the exhilaration of being on the ice.

She emphasized the importance of family support in her journey, especially crediting her father for introducing her to ice hockey and fostering her passion for the sport.

Göksal’s talent was discovered by the Hungarians during a tournament in Hungary where she played alongside her Pirates teammates.

After a match, a member of the opposing team approached her father and expressed their eagerness to have the youngster on their roster.

When asked about what sets her apart from other players, Göksal pointed out her proficiency in skating, which eventually led to her potential being recognized.

She aspires to represent the Turkish national team, saying: “I’m currently part of the U18 national team. I also want to earn a scholarship to study abroad.”

The prospect of traveling frequently back and forth to play has raised questions about fatigue, but Göksal has acclimated to the routine.

She mentioned that while it was daunting at first, she has gotten used to it, and she prefers it because it allows her to continue her education in Türkiye.

Balancing her education with her athletic career is challenging, but Göksal manages with the support of her school.

She highlighted the importance of school support and understanding teachers, which enables her to continue her studies alongside her sports career.

Reflecting on her upcoming journey to Hungary, Göksal expressed her pride and gratitude while crediting the support she receives from her friends.

When asked about her advice to those curious about ice hockey, especially children, Göksal enthusiastically recommended the sport. “People do ask,” she said. “Yes, it is indeed an important sport. It is incredibly fun and action-packed. It is very fast, especially. You have to think on your feet. I highly recommend it.”

Her future goals include competing in the Youth Olympic Games (Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games) after their U18 team defeated Mexico in England. She expressed her belief in the potential of the younger generation in Turkish ice hockey and wishes to see both the national and senior teams reach greater heights.

The Czech Ladies dominated the EHT in Finland with a single loss

Source: Cesky Hokej

After the preparatory camp in Chomutov, the Czechs presented themselves on the international stage in style. The bronze medalists from the last World Championship confirmed the calling card of the best European team at the Euro Hockey Tour despite the initial point loss. Against the Finns, they struggled for the lead from the very beginning, which they still held after half an hour of the game, mainly thanks to Denisa Křížová’s hat trick, but then the Suomi hockey players began to dominate, they overcame the Czech resistance with three goals, and Michaela Pejzlova’s last goal turned out to be only cosmetic in the end score adjustment. In the frantic end, the Czechs could no longer score and fell narrowly 4:5. “I don’t think they were much better. It was a classic up and down match. But they went to the goal more, had more shots and chances. They were probably better at this. We have to focus more on the ending,

But the Lionesses quickly put the first game behind them and won full points against the Swedes. Although the Tre Kronor girls quickly took a two-goal lead, Carly MacLeod’s selection produced a brilliant turnaround to celebrate a 4-3 win. “It was a good match for us. The Swedes flew at us, they were more active, which led to a few mistakes on our part, but I really liked how we were able to get back into the match,” praised the Czech coach.

The Czechs made up for the unsuccessful start against Sweden in the following duel. They confirmed their rising performance curve in the revenge against the home hockey players, who scored three goals in just the first quarter of an hour. “Our goal is always to start well, fast and play hard. Maybe only in the match against Sweden did the opponents overpower us in the first ten minutes. We are trying to have a good start, we managed to do that today,” Carla MacLeodová evaluated the game of the national team. Great shooting productivity and forward activity bore the desired fruit three more times, and after a 6:2 result, the Czech Republic avenged their opponents’ initial defeat.

Finally came the revenge against Tre Kronor’s selection. The Lionesses built a three-goal lead by the halfway point of the match, which the Swedes almost managed to match, but thanks to the excellent performances of both Czech goalkeepers, the national team celebrated a hard-fought victory 3:2. “I think we were able to create a lot of scoring opportunities. And that’s exactly what we want from the match. Sweden is a quality team. It took advantage of a few moments when we weren’t quite 100 percent. But our goalkeepers made a lot of good saves. I don’t take the fact that it was able to equalize with a single goal difference as a negative. The important thing is that we were able to keep the match on our side and win,” Carla MacLeodová evaluates the duel.

The improving performances and three wins in a row eventually ensured the Czech Republic nine points and first place in the tournament ahead of the runner-up Finland. “The whole week was great and very valuable for us in terms of the result. It is a demonstration that our performance is still growing and improving. During the week we focused on a lot of details and I think we are stronger in many ways. We managed to play the last match much more evenly. We didn’t do that very well in the previous races. I’m really proud of the team for the effort they put into it,” the Canadian coach praises the performance of her charges.

Swiss women’s national team wins the home tournament

Source : Swiss Ice Hockey Federation

Two victories are enough for the women’s national team to win the 4-nation tournament in Kloten.

The home tournament in Kloten is over. The women’s national team easily wins the two games played . The team won the first game against Hungary 4:1. The Swiss also won 4-1 against France. “The team performed well in both games. We had a young team that did a good job,” said Colin Muller, head coach of the women’s national team. The last game in which Switzerland would have played Germany had to be cancelled. A large part of the German team suffered from an acute gastrointestinal disease.

Highlights of the two games

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