Div2 Group A

Discussion in 'International Tournaments' started by SwisshockeyAcademy, Jan 3, 2005.

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  1. SwisshockeyAcademy

    SwisshockeyAcademy Registered User

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    Forget this Canada V Russia nonsense we have the battle of Asia coming up. China, Japan, Lithuania, Serbia & Montenegro, Netherlands and the host Romanians do battle to see who goes up to Division 1.
     
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    This will be fun. I suppose Japan are the favorites.
     
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    I didn't even know Serbia and Netherlands had hockey teams.
     
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    Go Lithuania! What a powerhouse of hockey. ;)
     
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    In a few years, they could very well reach the level of Latvia, or even Belarus.
     
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    ehm yeah, but still a long road. they lost to the netherlands with 2-7. unfortunately there's no liveticker.

    i wonder what chances the netherlands have. i somehow hope for another tommie hartogs. :)
     
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    How can they suck so much compared to Latvia. They're neighbors for heavens sake. Just like Sweden and Norway and Russia and Mongolia... erm...
     
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    isn't it all about basketball in lithuania?
     
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    Don't know much about Lithuanian hockey, but the neighbouring Latvians did beat team Russia recently in an international tourney (a year or two ago, I think). I believe it was only the second time when that happened. From my wife, who is Latvian, I heard that the whole country went crazy with celebration :)
     
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    Maybe. They should really start considering hockey, though, we need more hockey in the world.
     
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    Unfortunately, I don't think they give a rat's *** about hockey. It really is a basketball country.
     
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    That's too bad. I've been trying to even name a few players in the NHL who came from Lithuania, all that I can come up with is Zubrus and Kasparaitis.
     
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    I don't think Kasparaitis ever played for Lithuania...or any of their clubs.
     
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    I am guessing that he meant Lithuania-born.

    But it is unfortunate that they don't care about hockey as much as Latvia and Belarus do...
     
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    That's what I meant. :)
     
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    i agree that hockey could need more good countries, but why should they play hockey when they're one of the best basketball nations in the world. it's not a big country and you can't compete in two or more sports. they're mediocre in soccer and that's about it. they have no need for hockey.
     
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    here are the complete results of the first day:

    lithuania - netherlands 2-7
    china - japan 0-5
    serbia/montenegro - romania 3-6

    akim ramoul of netherlands is the only player in this tournament who is playing in the US. unfortunately i do no know where. he had 2 goals and 1 assist today.

    the netherlands have three players with 6'5...impressing. china has one with 6'4 at least and japan's biggest player is 6'2 while all the others are true midgets. :)
     
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    results of the 2nd day:

    netherlands - china 3-2
    japan - serbia/montenegro 12-1
    romania - lithuania 9-1

    on thursday the first interesting match when romania faces the netherlands. tomorrow no games.
     
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    I'll put my Yen on Japan.
     
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    I've heard that there is something like a Division Five World Junior Championships which features teams like Mexico, Israel and Turkey. Nonetheless, I think it's good to see some of these countries not recognized at all for hockey beginning to play at the junior level.
     
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    it's just division three though. it's the lowest level of junior hockey. the tournament will be played in mexico city next week. six teams will participate: bulgaria, iceland, new zealand, south africa, turkey and of course mexiko.
     
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    results of the 3rd gameday:

    japan - lithuania 9-0
    china - serbia/montenegro 4-3
    romania - netherlands 5-4

    japan and romania seem to be the strongest and they will face each other on sunday in the last game of the tournament which could probably be a true final unless japan struggles tomorrow against netherlands or romania against china.
     
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    Iceland belongs in Div 1... they hammered that US team with Joshua Jackson on it like 12-1 in the junior goodwill games a few years ago!

    ;)
     
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    hehehe. at least iceland has some natural ice compared to their opponents. i wonder who's the favorite out of these six.
     
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    Does anybody have an idea what attendance for this tournament is? Will they break 1000 people for the Gold Medal game?
     
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