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Swiss v USA - 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Semifinals

It’s finally here. With the Olympics getting under way and the hockey starting soon, it’s time to roll out our preview of each team between now and puck drop. May the best team win.

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The basics

The Swiss national hockey team is currently ranked 7th in the world by the IIHF. They’re sporting eight NHL players on their 25-man roster, are coached by Sean Simpson, and finished eighth in 2010 at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.swiss-2

Member Since November 23, 1908 (founding nation)
Total Players 26,466
Male Players 11,476
Junior Players 14,082
Female Players 908
Total Referees 40
Indoor Rinks 158
Outdoor Rinks 29
Nation Population 7,996,026
President Marc Furrer
Men’s World Ranking 7
Women’s World Ranking 5

Group

C, with the Czech Republic, Sweden and Latvia. Read the rest of this entry »

Czech Republic

It’s finally here. With the Olympics getting under way and the hockey starting soon, it’s time to roll out our preview of each team between now and puck drop. May the best team win.

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The basics

The men’s team from the Czech Republic is currently ranked fourth overall by the IIHF, one spot ahead of Canada because…I dunno, Marek Zidlicky or something. They’re sporting 17 NHLers on their roster, are coached by Alois Hadamczik, and finished 7th at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.Czech_Republic-2

Member Since November 15, 1908 (founding member)
Total Players 107,722
Male Players 82,003
Junior Players 23,209
Female Players 2,510
Total Referees 206
Indoor Rinks 158
Outdoor Rinks 23
Nation Population 10,162,921
President Tomas Kral
Men’s World Ranking 4
Women’s World Ranking 9

Group

C, with Switzerland, Sweden and Latvia. Read the rest of this entry »

Swedish national team

It’s finally here. With the Olympics getting under way and the hockey starting soon, it’s time to roll out our preview of each team between now and puck drop. May the best team win.

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The basics

The Swedish national hockey team is currently ranked number one in the world by the IIHF. Well la-dee-dah. Their head coach is Car Parts Pär Mårts (it’s funny because it sounds different than North American names, haha), 24 of their 25 players are NHLers (exception: Jimmie Ericsson of the Swedish Hockey League), and they finished fifth at the 2010 Winter Olympics.sweden

Member Since March 23, 1912
Total Players 64,214
Male Players 13,060
Junior Players 47,968
Female Players 3,186
Total Referees 81
Indoor Rinks 352
Outdoor Rinks 139
Nation Population 9,119,423
President Christer Englund
Men’s World Ranking 1
Women’s World Ranking 6

Group

C, with the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Latvia. Read the rest of this entry »

latvia

It’s finally here. With the Olympics getting under way and the hockey starting soon, it’s time to roll out our preview of each team between now and puck drop. May the best team win.

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The basics

The Latvian national hockey team is ranked 11th by the IIHF. They’re carrying a single NHLer, are coached by Sabres’ coach Ted Nolan, and finished 12th at the 2010 Winter Olympics.latvia2

Member Since February 22, 1931
Total Players 4,569
Male Players 2,851
Junior Players 1,636
Female Players 82
Total Referees 183
Indoor Rinks 17
Outdoor Rinks 0
Nation Population 2,178,443
President Kirovs Lipmans
Men’s World Ranking 11
Women’s World Ranking 13

Group

C, with the Czech Republic, Sweden and Switzerland. Read the rest of this entry »

yay goal

It’s finally here. With the Olympics getting under way and the hockey starting soon, it’s time to roll out our preview of each team between now and puck drop. May the best team win.

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The basics

The US men’s national hockey team is currently ranked 6th overall by the IIHF. All 25 of the players on their roster are NHLers, they’re coached by Dan Bylsman, and they finished second at the 2010 Winter Olympics. (To Canada. Not sayin’, just sayin’.)usa

Member since 1920
Total Players 510,279
Male Players 137,766
Junior Players 306,813
Female Players 65,700
Total Referees 0
Indoor Rinks 1,898
Outdoor Rinks 85
Nation Population 316,668,567
President Ron DeGregorio
Men’s World Ranking 6
Women’s World Ranking 1

(I’m starting to think the IIHF might not have the most accurate statistics on referees per country. Call it a hunch.)

Group

A, with Russia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Read the rest of this entry »

Canada wins

It’s finally here. With the Olympics getting under way and the hockey starting soon, it’s time to roll out our preview of each team between now and puck drop. May the best team win.

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The basics

Canada’s national hockey team is currently ranked fifth overall in the world, which is confusing, but whatever, here we are. They’re bringing 25 NHLers to fill the allotted 25 spots, they’re coached by Mike Babcock, and they’re the defending gold medal champs after narrowly sneaking past a tough US squad in 2010.canada-2

Member Since April 26, 1920
Total Players 625,152
Male Players 91,379
Junior Players 446,543
Female Players 87,230
Total Referees 0
Indoor Rinks 2,631
Outdoor Rinks 5,000
Nation Population 34,568,211
President Bob Nicholson
Men’s World Ranking 5
Women’s World Ranking 2

(According to the IIHF, there are no referees in the country, which would explain the obvious bloodlust that pervades Canadian hockey culture.)

Group

B, with Austria, Finland, and Norway. Read the rest of this entry »

Slovenian team

It’s finally here. With the Olympics getting under way and the hockey starting soon, it’s time to roll out our preview of each team between now and puck drop. May the best team win.

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The basics

The Slovenian national hockey team is currently ranked 17th overall by the IIHF. They have a single NHLer on their roster, they’re coached by Matjaž Kopitar (pff, of COURSE the coach’s son* made the team), and they did not qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics. (*Note: I did specify coach’s son. Not sons. Sorry Gaspars.)slovenia

Member Since May 6, 1992
Total Players 886
Male Players 148
Junior Players 687
Female Players 51
Total Referees 38
Indoor Rinks 7
Outdoor Rinks 0
Nation Population 1,992,690
President Matjaz Rakovec
Men’s World Ranking 17
Women’s World Ranking 21

Group

A, with Russia, Slovakia, and the United States of America. Read the rest of this entry »