Category Archives: IIHF

Worlds-Weary, and Grumpy

Russia beat Canada at the Worlds in semifinal play yesterday. Ain’t that just swell? Don’t you just feel all warm and fuzzy for our Russians competing over there (wherever they are)? I only know about the result because I accidentally … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Hershey Bears, IIHF, John Walton, Morning cup-a-joe, Olympic hockey, Semyon Varlamov, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals, World Championships | 5 Comments

A Defense Pair’s Conflict of Colors

The best-laid plans . . . At the start of this week I had ahead of me the prospect of one of the more appealing visits to Hershey, Pennsylvania, I believed I’d ever make. It was the return home to … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Hershey Bears, Hockey Heroes, IIHF, John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Washington Capitals | 1 Comment

Ten-Minute Video Scrapbook of Gold Medal Glory

Posted in IIHF, John Carlson, USA Hockey | 3 Comments

Revenge Looks Beautiful Wearing Gold: USA 6 / Canada 5 – OT – WJC Final

Posted in IIHF, USA Hockey | 5 Comments

Not Quite the Confidence and Swagger Associated with a Five-Time Champ

Posted in IIHF, USA Hockey | 12 Comments

Now That’s Vanquishing a Hated Foe

Musings from an unexpectedly madhouse rink in Chinatown: A season-altering triumph? It sure had that feeling in the immediate aftermath of a cardiac comeback against the ‘Canes. The Caps were three minutes shy of starting off an important homestand with … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Brent Johnson, Carolina Hurricanes, IIHF, Jose Theodore, Morning cup-a-joe, Sergei Fedorov, Southeast Division, Verizon Center, Washington Capitals, World Championships | 18 Comments

Upstate New York Is Where the August Hockey Action Heats Up

August is a month of relative tranquility for the NHL, but for USA Hockey, it’s one of the most important months of the calendar year. Each August, more than 50 of the most accomplished young American hockey players gather for … Continue reading

Posted in IIHF, Prospects, USA Hockey, Video Clips | 3 Comments

Russia Came, Russia Conquered, and Russia Was Very Well Covered

Congratulations not only to Team Russia for its performance at the Worlds but for the excellent coverage of the tournament by Sovetsky Sport, Russia’s largest newspaper. The Russian Hockey Federation was thrilled with SovetskySport’s coverage of the team at Worlds, … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Dmitry Chesnokov, IIHF, Morning cup-a-joe, Sovetsky Sport, Washington Capitals, World Championships | 18 Comments

Does Hockey Really Need TV?

By now, you’ve probably read accounts of hockey enjoying a significant spike in the sport’s television ratings recently. No doubt you also know of (and admire) hockey’s embrace of alternative media. That union has been a fusion of opportunism, technology, … Continue reading

Posted in Hockey Night in Canada, IIHF, Media, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Radio, TV, World Championships | 3 Comments

The Look of a World Champion

IIHF game summary: “If this game isn’t evidence enough to everyone in Canada of the calibre of play possible in the World Championship, nothing is or ever will be. Played at breathtaking speed with heart-pounding drama, this would surely rank … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, IIHF, World Championships | 2 Comments