Eleven bronze medalists from the Winter Olympics will present themselves at the World Hockey Championships. In the next round, we will look at the strength of the Slovak team in Helsinki and compare it with the one that achieved sensational success in Beijing. The February Winter Olympics in Beijing and the annual World Cup, this time in Finland. After not participating in the 2018 Olympic Games, the NHL players, in extending the players’ collective agreement with the NHL, reached out to be able to take part in this year’s Olympics. Unfortunately, the pandemic and the problems associated with it have stopped them from participating again. international hockey has been waiting for the confrontation of the best players for eight years. Canadians led by Sidney Crosby then dominated the Olympic tournament in Sochi, Russia. Crosby had two concussions a few months before the Olympics that could have ended his career. .I don’t remember any player in the world who would “look for an excuse” for not participating in the Olympics. It’s a little different at the World Cup. “I don’t have a contract for next season, I don’t want to take any chances.” “I don’t feel healthy and be a benefit. are the sentences that are often heard from players before the World Cup. In some cases, I understand that, especially since the last two years for the covid or qualification for the Olympics, summer training has been reduced to a minimum. Hockey is cutting more and more from the summer and players, physically or mentally, have no time to rest. Slovak fans have long had a trademark for two things. Progress calculator and nomination tipper. Since there is still time for a calculator, I will stop at the tipper. We can read the weeks before the World Cup about who has a chance to come from the NHL (welcome back to the national team Tomáš Tatar), or who took what sores from European competitions to the training. We also know which hockey player will have a baby during the championship (congratulations to Libor Hudáček for his daughter Victoria this year) and therefore the Slovak team will not strengthen at the championships. Finally, the coach has the main say, not the people in the discussions on Facebook. Today, the coach is definitely the most popular “Slovak” Canadian, Craig Ramsay. Let’s see how the current team was composed, compared to the bronze one from Beijing.
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