For hockey fans across the globe, the preliminary round of the 2013 IIHF WJC has been just about everything anyone had ever hoped for. There’s been no lack of tension, rivalries, intrigue and background stories that have come together to make this tournament the type that fans everywhere crave.
Surely few can forget how Ottawa Senators prospect Mika Zibanejad broke in alone on Team Russia’s net in overtime of the 2012 WJC, deking out Russian goalie Andrey Makarov to decide the tournament in Sweden’s favor for the first time since 1981. It’s not something viewers will see this year, however, as Zibanejad is one of a number of highly touted Swedish prospects who’ll be missing this tournament due to illness or injury.
This month’s Off the Radar segment takes us off the map for our North American readers.
Ängelholm, Sweden, in a different life, was perhaps a border town adjacent to Denmark – today, a picturesque city on Sweden’s Western coast that is home to the historic Rögle Bandyklubb, better known as Rögle BK, and perhaps best known for providing the hockey world with famed defenseman, Kenny Jönsson. Soon, they hope to provide the hockey world with Oskar Norlöv.
Sitting in a sea of peacoats, it’s difficult to feel unique.
The idea of scouting as an exercise in finding diamonds in the rough is long dead. This is particularly evident at talent gatherings like the Four Nations Tournament, which took place from November 6th thru the 10th in Ann Arbor, Michigan.