Monday, May 14, 2007

History repeating - Canada is ice hockey World Champion 2007

Give three cheers for Canada! The Canadian ice hockey stars have wiped out the Olympic disgrace of Turino 2006 (they have lost in the quarter finals there) and won their 24th World Championship in Moscow of all cities!

The Maple Leafs beat Finland 4:2 (2:0, 1:0, 1:2) with two goals of tournament MVP Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets and without many of the great NHL stars. Coach Andy Murray did a good job.
Finland lost its 5th final game after their World Championship 1995: At the world championships 1998, 1999 and 2001 and at the Olympic Games 2006. Poor Suomi!

That NHL stars do not mean a team and a guranteed World Champion, well that is the story of the Russian Team. They swept through all the games before the semi finals with a young hungry team where they were stopped by the Finnish Team. The curse of all hosts of World Championships since 1986 did not come to an end: None of them could win the title at home!

Canada will have the next chance next year! If not then, then when?


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