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Kiril Starkov undresses the Russian defense to set up a perfect assist for Nichlas Hardt. Russian...

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Kiril Starkov undresses the Russian defense to set up a perfect assist for Nichlas Hardt. Russian goaltender Evgeni Nabokov injures himself on the play.

WC - Players to Watch

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A list of some of the more interesting NHL prospects at the World Championship... made with fantasy GMs in mind but might be of interest to non-fantasy types as well.

Ales Kranjc makes it 0-1 for Slovenia in their opening game against Slovakia on a great rush....

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Ales Kranjc makes it 0-1 for Slovenia in their opening game against Slovakia on a great rush. Slovenia would later lose the game 3-1.

"Our captain Emma Laaksonen retired from the national team for at least a season to focus on her...

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"Our captain Emma Laaksonen retired from the national team for at least a season to focus on her job in the stock markets. Our leading defenceman, Saija Sirvio, is expecting her first child any day, and then we’ve had a couple of bad injuries. As well, we also wanted to bring some new talent to the World Championships."

Finland Women's National Team Head Coach Arto Seppi presents some of the unique challenges associated with coaching the defending Olympic bronze medalists.

Jesper Damgaard Retires

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Danish defenseman Jesper Damgaard has finally decided to hang up his skates shortly prior to the 2011 World Championships. At 35 years of age, Damgaard played 256 games for the national team and took part in no less than 17 World Championship tournaments. He scored 45 goals and 69 assists and was a steady, veteran presence on the blueline. He had suffered through numerous concussions throughout his career, the latest of which kept him out for much of the season in Malmö and finally convinced him it was time to go. More than anyone else, Damgaard bore witness to the growth of Danish hockey and to the growth of the Danish national team to its current level. It was the development of a small closely knit group staying at low price motels and playing in cheap tournaments into the national team, which now plays in the A-group at the IIHF World Championships. He played a large part in both and in recognition of his outstanding career and his loyalty to the team and Danish hockey, the Danish Ice Hockey Union has decided to retire his jersey number of 7.

Ice rinks are rarely architectural masterpieces, but Danish firm BIG have submitted this design for...

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Ice rinks are rarely architectural masterpieces, but Danish firm BIG have submitted this design for a new rink in a Sculpture Park in Umea, Sweden. It's a pretty amazing little design, although it does offer low ceilings which could be a problem. Of course, this is not for anything but public use... it is not designed to be the new home of Bjorkloven. Blog on the design here, while here's the BIG's page for the project.

Puck Daddy: Avangard Coach challenged Jagr to a fight

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Want to know why the Continental Cup winning Avangard Omsk were eliminated from the playoffs in the second round? Well, Head Coach Raimo Summanen's antics offer some potential answers. The playoffs aren't for the faint of heart. Or the crazy SOBs, either.

Interview with Likit Neimwan-(Andersson!)

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Short interview with LIkit Neimwan, star defenseman for the Thai National team. Wish it could have been longer...

Denmark wins Energi Danmark Cup

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Following two wins against France and a 3-2 upset of Russia, with 3 wins in as many days the Danish national hockey team wins the Energi Denmark Cup on home ice.

Just a reminder, that the HIFK-Jokerit winter classic is in 6 days. I wouldn't doubt its been...

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Just a reminder, that the HIFK-Jokerit winter classic is in 6 days. I wouldn't doubt its been posted here, but everyone needs a reminder :)