WJC quarter-final games recap

by Ivana Paulova
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Written by Ivana Paulova and Robert Neuhauser

Quarter-final games

Slovakia – Switzerland 2:3

Defense wins championships. A clear motto of the playoff contests.
Including the quarterfinal match Slovakia-Switzerland. The beginning
of the game was quite nervous and both teams were waiting for
mistakes of the opposing side. The Swiss players were slightly
better in the first minutes and created some chances because
they played better in the offensive zone. The first Slovak quality
chance was really huge. Tomas Kopecky went on a lone breakaway
but 17-year old goalie Tobias Stephan could make a save on his
backhand deke. Minutes later Tomas Jasko, a 2002 prospect, had
nearly the same chance but the pass he should receive was out
of Jasko´s reach and he couldn´t corral this puck. The Swiss
team was playing shorthanded twice but their defense worked well
and the Slovaks didn´t have any quality chances. Overall the
Slovaks were more skilled and handled the puck better, but the
Swiss grit and a willingness to play physical payed the dividends
and they were more than equal opponent to the Slovaks.

It was clear that the team which will score first will have a big advantage. Both teams
tried hard, Frantisek Skladany went for a two-on-one breakaway but Skladany couldn’t lift
the puck over Stephan. Read more»

WJC: Interview with Markus Seikola

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HF: Today Finland blasted away France by a score of 8-0. How did you experience that game?

Seikola: We had a difficult start but after the 2nd goal things started to work and was easily ours.

HF: What can be expected from team Finland for the rest of the tournament?

Seikola: Succes, haha. No to be honest, it will be very hard to get a good result here. All the teams in the quarter finals are very strong and there’s no clear favourite. USA, Canada, Czech Republic, they all can win gold.

HF: Are you satisfied with your own performance so far at this WJC?

Seikola: A little bit, but it could be better, but that’s all I want to say about it.

HF: When did you start playing hockey?

Seikola: When I was 6 years old in Laitila.

HF: What broguht you to the game of hockey?

Seikola: I also used to play baseball and athletics but when I had to choose I liked hockey best.

HF: Who is your favorite player?

Seikola: Jyrki Lumme

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

Seikola: In the NHL the Toronto Maple Leafs in Europe TPS Turku.

HF: How do you see your future. You were drafted already. Do you have plans to play in North-America?

Seikola: Right now I don’t want to think nor talk about that. I am here to play the WJC with team Finland and that is what is important now.

HF: What are your strengths and in what areas your game needs improvement you feel?

Seikola: My strengths would be my puckhandling and my play on the power play while skating is Read more»

WJC: Interview with Igor Knyazev

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Question: During the game against the USA, to some parts of the audience, it seemed that everything was very easy for you today – do you agree with that?

Knyazev: No, it wasn’t such easy! At some time in the second period, maybe, but apart from that, especially at the beginning of the game, it was a quite hard struggle.

Question: In that match you received a two minutes penalty plus game misconduct for a cross check – was it necessary for you to do that, or stupid?

Knyazev: Oh, it was necessary at that time of the game…

Question: You play for AK Bars Kazan in the Russian league, so you are a teammate of the Germn Jan Benda. What do you think about him?

Knyazev: Oh, we have a very good team in Kazan, and Benda is a very good player, so he fits perfeclty into our team.

Question: How do you communicate with him? Does he already speak Russian?

Knyazev: Yeah, he speaks Russian very well, and if there would occur any problem with that, we also could talk to him in English.

Question: You were drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes; are there yet any plans for you when to go there?

Knyazev: Yes, I’ll go there in August.

Question: Do you have a favourite hockey player?

Knyazev: Hmmm….. I kinda like Brian Leetch, but not enough to call him “my favourite player”.

Question: What’s your favourite team in Russia?

Knyazev: Spartak Moscow.

Question: And in America?

Knyazev: Carolina.

Question: Could you also imagine playing in another Eu Read more»

Dallas Stars Notebook (1/2/02)

by Keith Riskey
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Notebook — 01/02/2002

Affiliate Update

After a somnolent ’00-01 season, the Stars minor league affiliate (the Utah Grizzlies) retooled, swapped coaching

components, and relocated to the AHL. Somehow, all of these changes (and, of course, player development) have precipitated

an unexpectantly exciting season for the hiterto yawn-inducing franchise. Midway through the season the Grizzlies find

themselves in first place with 45 points and 20 wins (and third league-wide by a deuce). Finally, something exciting’s going

on in Salt Lake City (although I’ve heard snippets that something else is going to transpire there as well).

Newly appointed coach Don Hay is getting much of the credit for the swift reversal of fortune. The former NHL coach,

Memorial Cup winner, and “greatest” coach in WHL history has taken a team with a remarkably similar make-up to last year’s

suck-squad and molded an AHL machine. And, of course, you have to dish out ample credit to Assistant Coach Bob Bassen.

Maybe. Ok, I don’t know. But I do like mentioning former Stars in my column.
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Interview with Lukas Krajicek

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Lukas Krajicek, a Florida Panthers 2001 first round pick, is currently performing for the Czech team at the WJC. The Peterborough
Petes defenseman answered some questions after the game against Belarus.

When did you start playing hockey?

I was about four years old when my dad brought me to the rink.

Where was it?

In Prostejov, my hometown.

Who had a bigger influence on the begin of your career – dad or older brother, also playing hockey?

Definitely both of them, the fact that my older brother Jan played hockey was essential in my decision which sport to choose, but it was
my dad who directed my first hockey steps and gave me tips.

Who is your hockey role model?

Brian Leetch, New York Rangers defenseman.

Your favorite European team?

That wouldn´t be a Czech team, I´m a fan of the Finnish Jokerit Helsinki team.

And a favorite NHL team?

Definitely the Florida Panthers.

Do you have a special number you like to wear on your jersey? Read more»

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