April 23, 2008

Ceska Pojistovna Hockey Tournament

When you talk about ice hockey in Europe, you can't not mention about top 4 European nations in this sport; Sweden, Finland, Russia and Czech Republic. Add to this Canada, and you'd get top 5 in the world probably (would you add US to ice hockey top nation?).

Last weekend I enjoyed watching 2 games; Sweden vs Russia and Czechs vs. Finland. It was Ceska Pojistovna 4 Nations Cup tournament in Liberec (Czech R.), not the major tournament and the teams didn't have their strongest squads. But still there were some NHL players among them, and we are talking about the best hockey nations of Europe anyway! Russians beat Swedes 4:2 easily (Swedes disappointed me a bit), and Finns showed equal game to the Czechs, and only after penalties Czechs could beat them. Not to mention that the arena was full of Czech supporters.

Below are some shots and videos I managed to capture.

Swedes vs. Russians

Short discussion for Sweden

Czechs vs Finns

Last video is the delicacy; Czechs' equalizer goal when they were down 0:1 against Finns! At that attack I felt that the goal was coming and started recording it, and then it came immediately! (you can even hear me saying "I can smell it!" :)) Note that this video is hosted on Flickr (now you can keep your videos in Flickr!), and offers much better quality than Youtube. I guess the days when we will be watching high quality video/films online are not far.

It's Sweden, baby!

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Blogger mikinoki said...

For me, who are not good at skating,I wonder how hockey players can move like that on the ice field....;)

April 26, 2008 5:22 PM  
Blogger aibek said...

same here. But I saw little kids doing fancy stuff on them, so it should be matter of some practice.

April 28, 2008 1:13 AM  

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