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Men's Ice Hockey Tournament at the Winter Olympic Games 2018

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Agger    298
38 minutes ago, Near said:

Seems insanely early this year...

 

It's to get the NHL players to participate (and thanks for that :p )

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phelps    341

Slovenia (if Kopi is there and in decent shape), otherwise Denmark + Germany + Norway are my picks...

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hckosice    1,457
58 minutes ago, phelps said:

Slovenia (if Kopi is there and in decent shape), otherwise Denmark + Germany + Norway are my picks...

 

Kopitar will be there also many Danes, Germans and another couple of players from AUT LAT FRA. The question is what is for them the most important. qualify to winter olympics where they will at 90% not play because NHL will not allow their players to compete at WOG this time or the upcomming World Cup of hockey.

 

As I know Miroslav Šatan said that he hope they will mainly peak in 3 weeks at world cup and they will not injure during the qualifiers tournament.

 

PS yesterday I watched the first :AUT test match between Austria with T. and M. Raffl and Grabner against our League team in Vienna. SVK won 0:2 but especially the first austrian line has been excellent ! Germany can have troubles (once again :lol:) with them..we all remember the qualification tournament for Sochi. GER was favorite and Austria underestimated underdog

 

yesterdays goals AUT-SVK (league team)

 

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phelps    341
1 hour ago, hckosice said:

 

Kopitar will be there also many Danes, Germans and another couple of players from AUT LAT FRA. The question is what is for them the most important. qualify to winter olympics where they will at 90% not play because NHL will not allow their players to compete at WOG this time or the upcomming World Cup of hockey.

 

As I know Miroslav Šatan said that he hope they will mainly peak in 3 weeks at world cup and they will not injure during the qualifiers tournament.

 

PS yesterday I watched the first :AUT test match between Austria with T. and M. Raffl and Grabner against our League team in Vienna. SVK won 0:2 but especially the first austrian line has been excellent ! Germany can have troubles (once again :lol:) with them..we all remember the qualification tournament for Sochi. GER was favorite and Austria underestimated underdog

 

yesterdays goals AUT-SVK (league team)

 

 

yeah, I also watched a few minutes of that game (I was alternating the Football Champions League matches Rostov-Ajax, Salzburg-Dinamo Zagreb and the Hockey match)...:d

not bad for an August warm up...;)

 

and yes, I also remember the 2014 qualis (there was the Italian team, too)...but I think this time GER won't waste the chance (even if they have to take care not only of the arch-rivals from AUT, but also of the hosts from LAT, who are always boosted when they are at home in front of their very hot fans)...

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hckosice    1,457
29 minutes ago, phelps said:

 

yeah, I also watched a few minutes of that game (I was alternating the Football Champions League matches Rostov-Ajax, Salzburg-Dinamo Zagreb and the Hockey match)...:d

not bad for an August warm up...;)

 

and yes, I also remember the 2014 qualis (there was the Italian team, too)...but I think this time GER won't waste the chance (even if they have to take care not only of the arch-rivals from AUT, but also of the hosts from LAT, who are always boosted when they are at home in front of their very hot fans)...

 

Right, It´s going for a very close and exciting tournament..all 3 tournaments :) even with nowadays new wave hockey where the matches rarely end in regular time. everything can happen...each team have a shot..maybe except Japan

 

Good luck to Italy btw...Dificult group, Norway and France are supposed to fight for the ticket, especially France has a good chances to finally return under the 5 rings since Salt Lake 2002, Norway play each year with same players and at home they will be very strong but as I said in nowadays hockey everything is possible :d

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dcro    2,130

Yeah, we will not only know all of the teams, but we will also know all of the groups one and a half year before Olympic tournament starts. Makes so much sense. :lol:

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hckosice    1,457
32 minutes ago, dcro said:

Yeah, we will not only know all of the teams, but we will also know all of the groups one and a half year before Olympic tournament starts. Makes so much sense. :lol:

 

Actually its the same a pretty couple of olympics :evil:

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dcro    2,130
27 minutes ago, hckosice said:

 

Actually its the same a pretty couple of olympics :evil:

 

For Sochi it was only 1 year :p

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hckosice    1,457
22 minutes ago, dcro said:

 

For Sochi it was only 1 year :p

 

The main thing was this time to schedule the final round before the NHL season start to allow as many nations as possible to be able to play with their top players, which wasn´t possible in the previous editions.

 

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Agger    298
On 25/8/2016 at 11:55, hckosice said:

 

Kopitar will be there also many Danes, Germans and another couple of players from AUT LAT FRA. The question is what is for them the most important. qualify to winter olympics where they will at 90% not play because NHL will not allow their players to compete at WOG this time or the upcomming World Cup of hockey.

 

As I know Miroslav Šatan said that he hope they will mainly peak in 3 weeks at world cup and they will not injure during the qualifiers tournament.

 

PS yesterday I watched the first :AUT test match between Austria with T. and M. Raffl and Grabner against our League team in Vienna. SVK won 0:2 but especially the first austrian line has been excellent ! Germany can have troubles (once again :lol:) with them..we all remember the qualification tournament for Sochi. GER was favorite and Austria underestimated underdog

 

yesterdays goals AUT-SVK (league team)

 

 

I'm pretty sure that our NHL players have the Olympic qualification as the main goal even though several of them are going to the World Cup. Simply because it would be the first time and a huge thing for danish Ice hockey, even though it may be without NHL players.

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