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Mon May 18, 2015 9:26 am

I agree, I thought Hamhuis had a very good tourney, he was often involved in plays that led to scoring. Good passes, smart pinches, solid getting the puck of the defensive zone. Mind you, they all played pretty damn good in that regard so really a thumbs up to all. Even Tyler Seguin after his silly Sedin comment. He played very well. It was nice to see some of these names that don't always get the name recognition. It showed me just how good some of these players really are and the creativity around some of the goals was pretty much hockey at it's purest.
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Mon May 18, 2015 1:39 pm

Many of the Russian players left the ice during the post-game playing of O Canada. Some remained including Ovechkin and Malkin as this article notes but the Russian IHF could face disciplinary measures. ... ampionship
Team Russia could face sanctions for leaving ice before ‘O Canada’ following loss at world hockey championship
The Canadian Press | May 18, 2015 2:36 PM ET

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Russia’s hockey team may end up paying for its Canadian anthem snub.

Russian news agency TASS reported the Russian team is facing sanctions after players left the ice before O Canada. The Canadians crushed Russia 6-1 in Sunday’s gold-medal game, and most of the Russians quickly departed for the dressing room, a breach of the sport’s etiquette.

“Once we arrive back home after the world championships we will look into this question and we will get in touch with those in charge at the Russian Ice Hockey Federation,” IIHF president Rene Fasel said in the statement to TASS.

“The IIHF has its own protocol and some sort of punishment will be handed down.”

According to TASS, Alexander Ovechkin, Yevgeny Malkin, Viktor Tikhonov and Dmitry Kulikov were among the few players who remained on the ice for the anthem.

Russia’s general manager Andrey Safronov called the incident “a shame.”

“Nothing forced our team to leave the ice and it was simply an organizational mistake and it was our mistake and not the one of the organizers,” Safronov told TASS.

“We are feeling very ashamed and uncomfortable now and on the behalf of the national team I bow to the Canadians,” Safronov said. “I am lost for words and can say only that there was nothing of a premeditated nature in the incident.”

Canada’s victory was its first at the world tournament since 2007.
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Fri May 05, 2017 8:04 pm

2017 Paris-Cologne edition begins with Canada winning their first game 4-1 over Czech Rep, and hometown Germany goalie Thomas Greiss pulling off quite the feat of surviving the USA's 43 shot onslaught 2-1.

Once again, Canada appears to be fortunate to be in the weaker Pool B. Today's game was against one of the tougher teams (along with Finland) they will face in the Preliminary Round. Their roster is composed notably of NHLers from PHA (5), COL (4), 2 each from FLA, WPG and TB.

Of the first round elimination teams, only Chad Johnson, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Mitch Marner accepted invitations to join the team. IMO, they are bit weak in goal. Pickard did win Gold last year, but played only 2 out of 10 games as the backup to Cam Talbot.

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