Starting to warm up for teh World Cup of Hockey that starts this weekend.
Today is the start of the epic tournament and an event filled with tradition in my life. World Championships in Hocky. It’s a certain sign of spring and me and one of my best friends Alexander used to watch it together but nowadays we follow it together but in not in the same place. We live since a couple of years back in different places and for the last 3 years we even live in different countries. He in Sweden and me in Norway. But have no doubt it will always be Team Sweden that’s my team.
Unfortunately this is about if a challenge at home because my girlfriend G has no interest at all in hockey but I’m working at it. So far without any success so all tips are welcome?
So first game this afternoon I watched parts of the game between Sweden and Latvia. Hope to watch some more hockey tomorrow. But nice weather in Oslo this weekend will affect this.
At Wednesday March 2 2016 the first 16 players where presented in New York, USA. I’m so looking forward to the World Cup tournament as a big hockey fan and specially these kind of tournaments.
Here are the 16 first players of Team Sweden or “Tre Kronor” as we say in Sweden. If you click in the players you get more information about them.
My comments of the selected goalies are not that much. Henrik Lundqvist will be the most important player of Team Sweden and will most likely play all the games if not he gets hurt which I don’t hope. However, Jacob Markström is a good goalie and have proven himself earlier when he played for Team Sweden but he is a bit of a surprise in this team. I had probably expected Eddie Läck if I’m totally honest. I think there will be a third goalie in this team that will be announced later and I think Eddie Läck, Anders Nilsson or Jonas Enroth is oin a good position to take that spot.
Oliver Ekman Larsson, Arizona Coyotes
Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks
Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
Niklas Kronwall, Detroit Red Wings
Anton Strålman, Tampa Bay Lightning
My comments on the selected defenders are not that many. Sweden have produced wo many world class defenders the last couple of years and also many different kinds of them. I am a bit surprised that not John Klingberg is on the team but I also can see why at this point in his carrier. I think he is the Swedish defender that’s not selected yet that has the best possibilities to be a part of this team later on. To read the defenders that will play for Team Sweden is just amazing. Not many teams can compete with so many good defencemen (maybe Canada).
Nicklas Bäckström, Washington Capitals
Loui Eriksson, Boston Bruins
Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators
Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues
Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings
My comments on the selected Swedish forwards is probably as expected that we can see that many of them are a bit older and have proven themselves. But we can also see that there many names that are among the best in the NHL. In this setting I think they can create magic. The player I’m most excited to see plays is without no doubt Filip Forsberg. Then I am a big fan of Loui Eriksson who really have been loyal to Team Sweden for many years and might be one of the most underestimated Swedish forwards in my opinion.
Looking forward to see who else will become a part of this team.
My girlfriend was away on work related award show and I was home so I took the opportunity to watch the first full NHL of 2016 for me. And it was on a good time even for us NHL fans that love sun Europe. The game I chose to see was the New York Rangers vs Philadelphia Flyers. A game where there was real rivalry and it show in the game. The big talker wa about Flyers Simmons getting a game penalty for misconduct and what Simmons did wasn’t according to the rule book but what McDonald did to Simmons wasn’t either according to the rule book if I’m honest. However this nicely said stirded up some feelings and after a while we got a fight and at that point it felt like the referees lost the control of the game and I think fans of both teams felt that way.
Flyers took the lead in the first period but Rangers tied it early in the second. But now for long before Flyers where back in the lead. In the third Ramgers did all they could in order to catch up and it didn’t seam like they where going to succeed but in the lag seconds of the third period Rangers pulled their goalie Henrik Lundqvist and with 12 seconds left they got tied. After that tree was overtime and I once again became convinced about that the 3 on 3 over time format is genius and among the most entertaining forms of hockey I’ve seen. The intensity and skilled and opportunities makes it just fantastic. I love it. But in this game no team had won after the over time so it became a shootout and Lundqust stopped all shoots and Zuccarello made a Peter Forsberg move and where a part of the winning trio that made Rangers win this game. Rangers really stole this game from the Flyers and I really liked watching it but I had hoped more out of the Rangers to be honest.
Either way a great Sunday evening!
This season the NHL introduced 3 on 3 and I know I’m a bit late to the subject but found this youtube video and was just impressed by the entertainment value of this part of the game. I think it shows the potential of this part of the game and how entertaining it really is. It’s a show people and I like it.
I wish the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) will pick this thing up because I think it would add something to the league. Just check this video out.
The team from the second largest city in Sweden, Gothenburg. Gothenburg is a harbor town on the Swedish west coast. In fact a recent poll has shown that Frölunda is the most popular hockey club team in Sweden.
Frölunda that looks stronger than they done in many years. Last couple of years the club has improved but had difficulties in the playoffs. But this year I think they got the chance to win the championship and go all the way. And right now they leading the leauge.
The team have also a history of producing good NHL players. The former captain of the Ottawa Senators Daniel Alfredsson comes from Frölunda. But as that’s not enough where successor as captain of the Ottawa Senators Erik Karlsson is also from this team. And the up and coming defenseman John Klingberg from the Dallas Stars who challenger Karlsson for the Norris Trophy this years is also a form this team. And of course “The King of New York” Henrik Lundqvist in the New York Rangers comes from Frölunda and his twin brother is in fact the captain of the team.
When this season started I had went through what Swedish Defenders that might be able to be contenders for this years Norris Trophy.
So I thighs I would kick of this with introduce you to the first of the teams in the Swedish hockey league (SHL).
This is a real classic Swedish hockey team and they have won the championship 13 times and produces and the club is over 100 years old that’s tradition. The team is from the city of Gävle. So what famous players at from Brynäs? The first Swedish player inducted into the Hockey Hall of fame and with his own statue in Toronto where he played for many years, the one and only Börje Salming. Another top NHL players that come from this team is Nicklas Bäckström the Washington Captials center. Vancovers backup goalie Jacob Markström, Eddie Läck the Caroline Hurricane goalie and Niklas Svedberg who played backup goalie in Boston last year and now players in the KHL. So they e produces quite a lot of goalies the last year. Then there is the up and coming Jacob Silferberg, the forward that represents Anaheim Ducks today.
So far this year Brynäs have surprised be and among the top teams. I think that they defiantly will be a playoff team this year but I think they need some more time in order a team than can win the championship.
The Swedish Hockey League is the highest division of hockey in Sweden and have through the years produced a lot of great players. Many have later on continued over to the NHL and a few of them have become great names. In facts if very often ranked as the third best hockey league in the world. And there several classic teams in the league that seams like they have been there forever but there is also new teams that joined in as late as last year. So I though, why not start a new serie here at the blog for those who would like to know more about it.
This is a test and see if you like it.
So today we starting of by introducing the league. The Swedish Hockey League was in the last year called the Eliteserie but has also been know as the Swedish Elite League (SEL). I think SHL is a much better name, much more clear and feels also stronger as a brand. This is the hockey league I grew up watching and following so it’s a bit of nostalgia in it but it’s also a league that you know will produce the starts in the NHL and world for the future.
This weekend is the hall of fame weekend. A big weekend got the history of hockey. Few players has been more obvious to be selected into hall of fame than Niklas Lidström. I would call him the best defender of all times. He won 7 Norris Trophy and where nominated many more times. That’s just an incredible achievement. He also has Olympic gold, 4 Stanley cup rings and a fantastic carrier.
Now he will become a hall of famer and he deserves it and he is the biggest Swedish player ever and the perfect human. Congratulations!