Monthly Archives: February 2014

Sochi Olympics 2014: Canada Forge Golden Memories Against Sweden

Canada celebrate with gold medals. (Image courtesy of kitchener.ctvnews.ca,)

Canada celebrate with gold medals. (Image courtesy of kitchener.ctvnews.ca.)

Four years ago it was Vancouver, today it was the Bolshoy Ice Dome. Different location, same result. Canada finished their Sochi Olympics beaming with the plunder of success, leaving Sweden to the consolation of silver and watching their flag rise high above all others, looking proudly down at the abnormally large gold medals hanging around their necks.

That glint of gold represents so many things, a moment in history, living up to expectation, defending a crown, vindication in the face of the harshest critics and ultimately, executing the perfect game-plan. Here’s how they did it.

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Sochi Olympics 2014: Finland Roster Analysis

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Despite the tournament being all but over, we promised you twelve roster analyses, so twelve you shall receive!  Here is the final article for your enjoyment!

The World’s greatest international hockey competition is upon us.  As teams make their final preparations, and strategise for the tough road ahead, Ice Nation UK is going to break down each and every roster in attendance.

Keep checking in over the next couple of days as we bring you the very best in analysis, and you might learn a thing or two about how the best hockey nations on the planet stack up against each other “on paper”.

Next up: the goalie factory and producer of some of the world’s finest hockey players,the country affectionately known by it’s native name “Suomi”, Finland.

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Sochi Olympics 2014: Slovakia Roster Analysis

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The Olympic Tournament in Sochi may be nearing it’s climactic finale, and the Slovaks may have fallen by the wayside, but we at Ice Nation UK are still dedicated to bringing you the analysis we promised.  Better late than never!

The World’s greatest international hockey competition is upon us.  As teams make their final preparations, and strategise for the tough road ahead, Ice Nation UK is going to break down each and every roster in attendance.

Keep checking in over the next couple of days as we bring you the very best in analysis, and you might learn a thing or two about how the best hockey nations on the planet stack up against each other “on paper”.

Next up: a long-time hockey power going through a difficult period, Slovakia.

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Sochi Olympics 2014: Slovenia Roster Analysis

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EDITOR’S NOTE: the Men’s Hockey tournament may be well underway, but we will continue our series of roster analyses until the bitter end. Enjoy!

The World’s greatest international hockey competition is upon us.  As teams make their final preparations, and strategise for the tough road ahead, Ice Nation UK is going to break down each and every roster in attendance.

Keep checking in over the next couple of days as we bring you the very best in analysis, and you might learn a thing or two about how the best hockey nations on the planet stack up against each other “on paper”.

Next up: the nation known as “The Lynxes” and participating in their very first Olympic tournament, Slovenia.

WARNING: This article contains much Kopitar-love.

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Sochi Olympics 2014: Tournament Reaches Qualifying Stage | Sweden, USA, Canada and Finland Await Quarter-Final Opponents

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Russia take on Slovenia during Preliminary Round. (Image courtesy of ctvnews.ca.)

With Sweden, USA, Canada and Finland having clinched their places in the quarter-finals at Sochi 2014 after finishing atop their groups, and the remaining nations facing vital qualifying ties tomorrow, now feels like the perfect time to reflect on how the drama has unfolded.

An intriguing tale is taking shape; hosts faltering slightly under the weight of expectation, superstar rosters seeking to unite amongst the winter frost and perhaps a dark horse emerging into the light. If all that wasn’t enough to quench your hockey-thirst, there is always that eerie looking snow-leopard mascot grooving in the stands!

This article takes a look at the teams who have already cemented their place in the quarter-finals, discovering which players have been reveling, or not as the case may be, under the brightest of spotlights.

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Sochi Olympics 2014: Norway Roster Analysis

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The Olympic Games may be well under way, but Ice Nation UK will continue to bring you analysis of each Men’s hockey team in contention.  Enjoy!

The eve of the World’s greatest international hockey competition is upon us.  As teams make their final preparations, and strategise for the tough road ahead, Ice Nation UK is going to break down each and every roster in attendance.

Keep checking in over the next couple of days as we bring you the very best in analysis, and you might learn a thing or two about how the best hockey nations on the planet stack up against each other “on paper”.

Next up: the oft-forgotten Scandinavian sister, Norway.

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Sochi Olympics 2014: Austria Roster Analysis

Image courtesy of Yahoo Sports.

Editor’s Note: While the Olympic Hockey at Sochi is well underway, we will continue with our analysis of each roster – we started it, it’s only right that we finish it!

The eve of the World’s greatest international hockey competition is upon us.  As teams jet into Sochi, make their final preparations, and strategise for the tough road ahead, Ice Nation UK is going to break down each and every roster in attendance.

Keep checking in over the next couple of days as we bring you the very best in analysis, and you might learn a thing or two about how the best hockey nations on the planet stack up against each other “on paper”.

Next up: making their Olympic debuts, Austria.

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