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Discussion: hockey

in: TGIF; TGIF > 2016-01-17

Jan 19, 2016 3:31 AM # 
Here are a few things to learn about hockey.

1) There is no need to put the word ice before hockey. It is almost as silly as putting the word foot before orienteering.

2) The Red Army was indeed a great hockey team. A series between Canada and USSR in 1972 was considered by many as the best hockey ever.

3) One of the best games ever played was in Hamilton in 1987 (I was at the game). Canada won 6-5 with only 90 seconds left in the game.

4) Talk to any Swede that likes hockey and they will tell you this is the best goal of all time.

5) Another great Olympic hockey moment. American hockey fans believe in miracles when US beats USSR in 1980 Olympics. The movie is worth watching.

6) And a modern era classic at the 2010 Olympics

7) Gretzky is the best player of all time

8) King Henrik is the best Swedish goalie of all time.

9) Most of the best hockey players speak french! (but are from Quebec)

10) ...and finally if you have the time this is REALLY worth watching (10 minutes). It shows how hockey is a large part of Canadian culture (and it too is in french)
Jan 19, 2016 6:59 AM # 
Wow, thanks Mike for a great start of my day!

I had already points 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 (during our famous trip in US/Canada in 2009, we started with a game of Rangers at MSG, visited Bell center in Montreal and also had a stop at the ice ring of Lake placid).

But 10. was the highlight! It is not in French though, it is in Québécois! Love it!
Jan 19, 2016 10:55 AM # 
yes 10 is the highlight. a very special story.
Jan 19, 2016 12:54 PM # 
1) There is a need to put ice in front of the word hockey in some parts of the world (ie anywhere that ice is not a common natural occurrence - or perhaps just places which were part of the British Empire...) but I totally agree with the Foot Orienteering thing.
Jan 19, 2016 1:33 PM # 
I always put ice in front of the word hockey because Canadians are so cute when they are angry.
Jan 19, 2016 3:36 PM # 
Sorry but we really don't like the term ice hockey. This is what happened when a Russian said that to a Canadian back in 1987.
Jan 19, 2016 5:18 PM # 
Re. 4) The Forsberg goal in 1994 has actually made it to a stamp.
Unfortunately Canada paid it back in 2010 Olympics Final when Sidney Crosby scored a goal that hasn´t made it to stamp fame.

5): ...and here´s another "Miracle on Ice" - the Soviet version (to them it was no miracle, just another lost hockey game).
Can only be seen in Sweden :(

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