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WJC: Interview with Raffaele Sannitz

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Was it possible to beat Canada ?

We were convinced it was possible, we have lost but we could have won. For sure it’s a very strong and complete team, but we had our chances too in the first period. Unfortunately we took some stupid goals.

After Beat Forster’s mistakes, did you support him ?

Everyone makes mistakes, we all know such things happen. We tried to motivate him, he knows we won’t blame him. It’s a collective responsibility, it does not depend on one player.

You dominated the third period. Could you have done the same if Canada wouldn’t have led 1-0 ?

Yes, I think so. They were more compact in defence as they were leading, but we got our chances throughout the whole game. Also in the first period when it was 0-0, we could have scored.

Was Canada better than in the first round game ?

No, I think they were the same. As far as we are concerned, we put more heart in the game today, and I think they did the same because it’s a semifinal.

Your group was probably the better one as all semifinalists come from there. Does it help you to have a better pace in the quarter final ?

It has helped us, but it wasn’t only that. Slovakia had a good team, but we knew them quite well. We played them twice in August, lost once and had a tie, I think. Yesterday we fully deserved our victory.

The fourth place often looks like a malediction for Swiss teams…

That’s right. But last year I achieved a second place in the Under 18 World Championships. We managed to win the semifinal. Read more »

WJC: Interview with Alexander Suglobov

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HF: It was hard to find information about you and your career on the internet. Could you tell me where how your career has been so far?

Suglobov: I have no idea why there’s not that much info on the internet, but I have played for Spartak Moscow first then for Yaroslavl, St.Petersburg and Salavat UFA and now I play for Yaroslavl again.

HF: You were drafted by the New Jersey Devils. Do you know when you will be skating in North America?

Suglobov: No, right now I don’t have any plans for that yet

HF: What about moving to a different European league. Is that an option for you?

Suglobov: No, I don’t see that happen really.

HF: At what age and where did you start playing hockey?

Suglobov: I started when I was seven in Elektrostal, a town in the Moscow region. It is the also the town where I was born

HF: Who is/was your role model in hockey?

Suglobov: I don’t have one.

HF: What are your favourite teams in Russia and in the NHL?

Suglobov: In Russia it is Elektrostal, in the NHL it are the New Jersey Devils

HF: What are your hobby’s?

Suglobov: I like going to cinema a lot

HF: Thank you Aleksandr for taking time to talk to us

Final Days of the WJC

by Ivana Paulova
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Check out the last games of the WJC!

Placing Game 7-8

Slovakia – Czech Republic 2:6

1st Period

09:30 CZE Pozivil (Plekanec, Blatak) 0:1 PP

2nd Period

20:36 CZE Plekanec (Blatak, Novotny) 0:2
29:21 CZE Hemsky (Horava) 0:3 PP
32:00 CZE Podlesak (unassisted) 0:4
35:40 SVK Kopecky (unassisted) 1:4

3rd Period

41:42 CZE Krajicek (Horava) 1:5 PP
51:00 CZE Horava (Hemsky) 1:6
59:18 SVK Kristin (Macho) 2:6

The game was best defined by the best awareded player of Czech Republic
Miloslav Horava: “There is nothing to say, at least the seventh
place”
. Czech squad finally managed to score more then 1 goal against an
equal opponent, but the victory brought nothing more than just the seventh
place. Julius Supler the head coach of the Slovakia explained the
reason for the Czech victory: “From our perspective it wasn’t a good
game. I even think that this was the worst game we have played on this
tournament. Our players were well motivated for this contest, but they made
a lot of mistakes. In contrast Czechs player very well and they deserved the
victory”
.

Placing Game 5-6

USA – Sweden 3:2

1st Period

15:08 USA Umberger (Whitney, Larose) 1:0

2nd Period

37:36 USA Hollweg (Umberger, Brown) 2:0

3rd Period

48:51 SWE Widing (Hedlund) 2:1 PP
52:33 SWE Oberg (Hedlund, Widing) 2:2 PP Read more »

Waterloo Black Hawks midseason report

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Waterloo Black Hawks (8-16-1=17pts):

In Waterloo, Black Hawk fans are celebrating 40 years of hockey. Unfortunately, that is about the only thing they are able to celebrate right now. The Black Hawks have struggled, and struggled mightily all season long. In 8 season victories, only 1 has been in regulation. Otherwise, they relied on their star goaltender Josh Siembida to carry them to victory in overtime or a shootout. Siembida was 7-12-1 for Waterloo with a 2.81 GAA and .918 saves percentage, which were fantastic numbers considering the way Waterloo has played.

It was good enough to get Siembida called up to the University of North Dakota at the midway point. So the Black Hawks only constant is now gone leaving the job up in the air. Jeff Jakaitis out of Rochester, Minnesota and Beau Fritz, acquired from the Lincoln Stars recently will fight for the position.

The Black Hawks have been very inconsistent all season long. There are many young players and at times, youth can be to blame for this team but lack of execution and indecisiveness has killed this squad. Cole Baron (5-11-16) and Nate Hansen (4-8-12) are the only two Black Hawks in double figures in scoring and Hansen was acquired recently so all his points are not as a Black Hawk. That shows the gaping hole in the offensive zone for this very young team.

The defense has been respectable led by a pair of young stars in that of Jim Jensen (1-2-3) and Rob Lehtinen (2-6-8). If this team sticks together into next season there is a chance that they will begin to win, but unfortunately unles Read more »

Head to Head: Milan Kraft Vs. Kris Beech

by Marc Lapointe
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Milan Kraft VS Kris Beech

We have an unfair battle hhere. Beech has posted many more points then Kraft
this season and Kraft just got send to the minors. Beech won the first
“battle” between the two top prospects of the Penguins, but the war is not
done yet.

Overall Offensive Game:

If you look at Milan Kraft’s stats this season you’re probable gonna
conclude that he was struggling badly. But stats aren’t everything in this
wonderful sport, he was actually one of the most dangerous forward for the
Pens for some games. Kraft is able to get alot of scoring chances but he has the
unfortunate tendency to not capitalize on them. If Kraft can finally find the back of the net regularly, he will become the forward the Pens saw in him
at the 1998 draft. As for Kris Beech, he came in Pittsburgh with great
expectations after being traded for arguably the most skilled player in the
world, Jaromir Jagr. In my mind Beech hasn’t been a disappointment so far. He has showed some really
good skills and hockey sense for a youngster. But nothing has been easy for
the Penguins this year and appearing on the score sheet is sometimes “mission
impossible”. If Beech would have played with
offensive system that was utilized by the Penguins the past couple years, he would have
twice as many points. Beech creates a lot of scoring chances with his
incredible offensive assets but he took awhile to score his first NHL
goal.

Both potential future stars have seen Ice-time during the struggling Penguins
Powerplay this year. Result? They simply d Read more »

WJC relegation game 2

by Robert Neuhauser
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Relegation game 2

France-Belarus 2:3

1st Period
07:47 BLR Kastsitsyn (Mialeshka, Siankevich) 0:1
10:04 BLR Mialeshka (Siankevich) 0:2

2nd Period
24:40 FRA Kevorkian (Bayon) 1:2
25:00 BLR Klimiankou (Nemirka, Grabovski) 1:3
35:23 FRA Albert (Brodin, Jestin) 2:3

3rd Period

no scoring

Because of the French win in the first relegation game, the game went into a ten-minute
overtime. No goal was scored during that extra time so the penalty shots had to decide.
In an unprecendented series of 13 penalty shots Dmitri Mialeshka scored the series-winning
goal, saving team Belarus in the elite Group A of the WJC also for the next season.

The Blues are Gritting Their Teeth

by Larry Deutsch
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In the post-Slovakian era, the entire St. Louis Blues organization is
struggling mightily to succeed with an ever-evolving new identity. A system
once defined by speed and finesse with a European flare has been completely
overhauled over the past couple of years. General Manager Larry Pleau
sacrificed a fathom or two of the organization’s legendary depth in his
quest to assemble a squad capable of Stanley Cup success.

As an organization, the Blues have done an outstanding job in recent history
with player development, turning several marginal prospects into legitimate
NHLers. Although the knock against the system has been their failure to
produce a single legitimate superstar, they were working with some fairly
low draft positions. Jochen Hecht, Michal Handzus, Marty Reasoner, and
Ladislav Nagy were developed into good enough NHL players to be used as
trade bait in the acquisitions of superstar forwards Keith Tkachuk and Doug
Weight.

Now, it would seem, the desired attribute is an intangible characteristic
known as “grit.” All hockey clichés aside, (standing up for a teammate,
never taking a shift off, taking your lumps to score a goal) in the grand
scheme things, grit is simply the willingness to do whatever it takes to win
the Stanley Cup.

There are several players currently in the system who seem to embody this
rather nebulous concept and thereby represent the visible future of the
Blues:

Pepperpot center Eric Boguniecki, continues to light up AHL goaltenders,
maintaining a point-per-game pace and could certainly see a call- Read more »

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