My ongoing project of scraping useful stats out of raw data provided by the official SM-liiga website has reached its first milestone. Team Corsi and Fenwick numbers have some huge surprises, such as league leading KalPa being near the bottom of the rankings.
Thought this might be interesting to Puck Worlds readers. Sean Zandberg at Nucks Misconduct posted this story yesterday.
The Oulu-based team, who played in the Finnish Mestis (2nd Division) and were until very recently the employers of Janne Niinimaa, have declared bankruptcy and shut down their pro team. If I've understood the article above correctly, the junior teams will continue to operate as normal.
When the Danish national hockey team returned to their hotel from their game against Germany, they found their rooms had been burglarised and valuables worth an approximate 50.000$ had been stolen. The Danes had to spend most of the night with the Slovak police to report the crime but are now looking towards the coming game against Slovakia.
Thank you to all that have visited the website, joined up and commented in the past year. I hope you've enjoyed the content so far. I realize interest in this site is different for everyone that stops by, but that's kind of the point. This website is here to serve the interest primarily in the top international tournaments, but we also try and follow the growth of the game and various leagues outside the NHL. We're active all year here to varying levels, and we should be more active year round the more I get comfortable with the content and ways to cover it. I'd like to cover more on the non-main events in the future, but I could always use some help. If you have a passion for any of the various professional leagues throughout the world, I'm all ears to some new volunteers to help out. Thanks for stopping by, and keep coming back!
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.
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.
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.
Short interview with LIkit Neimwan, star defenseman for the Thai National team. Wish it could have been longer...
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.