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User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1073 times:

Who's gonna win? US? Canada? Russia? Sweden?



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User currently offlineN400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1052 times:

I think it will be US against Canada for the gold... and the US team is looking pretty good.

My vote is for TEAM USA!

N400QX


User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4775 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1046 times:

N400QX, patriotism aside, do you really think there is a chance for a medal for the US? Look at their goalies: Dunham, Barasso and Richter. And the team defence is very old. Granted, Bill Guerin is one of the best players in the NHL, but the rest of the team is either past their prime ,(Roenick, Hull, Tkachuk, Housley) etc or not in it yet (York, Poti Deadmarsh).

At this point Canada is still considered the favourite, but we all remember what happened in the last Olympics. While I agree with most of the roster selections, I definetly think Joe Thornton should be on the team, taking the spot of Joe Nieuwendyk. Otherwise, this will be a very, very fast team with the best defence in the world. Goaltending is OK with Joseph and Brodeur, but neither is really hot at the moment, at least in NHL play. And even being from Toronto, I've never really been a Curtis Joseph fan...he is just a bit too inconsistent.

Quite honestly, the Czechs still scare me just because of the magic Dominik Hasek can work. He can singlehandedly nullify any glaring deficeciency on his team if his head is in the game.

The Russians are also top-notch with both veterans such as Federov, Kovalev and Bure, along with 18 year old phenom Ilya Kovalchuk. They will probably be the most entertaining team to watch play with so much speed, but with Khabibulin in goal they are way better than the last time. Defence is a bit of a weak spot however.

Quite honestly, barring a major upset, the Swedes and Finns don't have much of a chance.

And thank goodness the games won't be on at 3:30 am anymore!


User currently offlineJFKspotter From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 448 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1044 times:

USA...All the way

-JFKspotter


User currently offlineN400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1042 times:

>N400QX, patriotism aside, do you really think there is a chance for a medal for the US?

Yeah, I think theres a chance. But of course I want my country to win-- whats the crime in that? I still think it'll be the US and Canada in the end...


User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5479 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1040 times:

My money is on Canada depending how well goaltending does.

blink



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29786 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 1032 times:

I would point out the US womens hockey team is something like 32-0 in international competion


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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 1027 times:

Sweden of course!

User currently offlineLautir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 1020 times:

I still remember what "Golden-shower" Brett Hull - and the rest of the US hockeyteam - did during the 1998 olympics. That was really un-professional...  Laugh out loud


Lautir




User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1016 times:

This is the time every four years when those of us in the UK find out that we actually have an ice hockey team! For the rest of the time we're not aware of it. Might be something to do with the fact that we're really bad at the game.

In fact the winter Olympics themselves are a bit of a write off for us. Two weeks of listening to the Swiss and Austrian national anthems. A lack of mountains here might have something to do with it.

I miss those USA v USSR ice hockey matches though. Even for the casual observer they were such entertainment!



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User currently offlineYwg_jy From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1010 times:

My heart is with Canada, but my money would be on Russia. This is probably one of the best Americans teams that I've seen, but so long as Brett Hull (who was born in Canada) plays for them, I hope they finish out of the medals. And that's nothing against Americans, that's against Hull.

User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1005 times:

I think USA or Russia will win. Im going to Russia Vs. Sweden. It is going to be awesome


Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1003 times:

I have a brother-in-law who currently plays with San Jose-Mike Ricci......I recently had a conversation with him regarding who he thinks will win. His comment was "its anybodys game - depends on how the team shows up to play the game".....you can have the best players but if its not their day then they don't produce". Big grin



User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1000 times:

Olympic hockey? These are the WINTER games, the next time olympic hockey is played will be Athens 04. The game they play during winter Olympics is ICE hockey  Laugh out loud Big grin

Daniel Smile


User currently offline764er From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 999 times:

Airsicknessbag:

You talking 'bout unicycle hockey? Now there's a sport.

http://www.dbis.informatik.uni-frankfurt.de/~lauteman/unicycling/index_e.html


Unicycle hockey is for everyone, no matter what age or sex. Fair play is crucial for all players.

Ice hockey sticks are used to place a tennis or street-hockey ball into an ice-hockey goal.

At the beginning and after each goal all players have to go to their own half. Then the game starts as soon as a player of the team in possession crosses the center line.

A player may only take part in a game when riding the unicycle. After falling off he or she has to mount at the same spot, but if necessary move out of the way of play first.

The player may touch the ball once with the flat hand (but not to score a goal directly).

Throwing sticks is strictly forbidden.

The upper end of the stick must always be covered with one hand to avoid injuries of other players. The lower end of the stick must always be below the players hips. Each player has to take care not to hit an opponent with his stick, especially after a shot.

A player who holds his stick in a way that someone else rides over it is committing a foul, regardless of intention.

A goal is disallowed if the ball was in one's own half when shot and wasn't touched by anyone afterwards (long shot).

The free shot is indirect, i. e. after the shot another player has to touch the ball.


User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 988 times:

Well, if Nagano is anything to go by, the US doesn't stand a chance. Remember the furore caused when the US was advancing yet while the competing teems were in the Olympic Village getting their zzzz's, the US team was out drinking beers and staying out late.

I think part of the problem in '98 was that the US just didn't take it seriously enough. We saw the Olympics as a road trip where, oh yeah, we had to play some hockey against some of the best teams in the world. Another problem, is that certain countries that are hockey powerhouses, like CZ, CA, and RU are a lot more dominating than in regular NHL play. For starters, in NHL, these players are spread out to different teams and their overall success is dependant on their teammates. However, for a nation to bring together it's finest in one team, say Canada or Russia, both send many players to the NHL that have amazing successes, you're talking about a real challege.

My bet is on Canada or Russia. However, we did win the gold the last time the Winter Olympics were on US soil, the 1980 Games in Lake Placid, so maybe a repeat upset is in the cards.

LH423



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User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 987 times:

your brother in law is Mike Ricci!

Wasn't he on the Habs or Flyers or was it the team formerly known as the Nordiques?


User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 984 times:

Where's Mike Eurizone when you need him?  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4775 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 984 times:

Mike Ricci was drafted by the Flyers, and then traded to the Quebec Nordiques as part of the Eric Lindros trade. Later, he was traded from Colorado (where Qeubec moved to) to San Jose for Shean Donovan and a first round pick about four years ago.

User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5479 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 980 times:

Mike Ricci looked bad in a Colorado Uniform, now he looks even worse in a San Jose Uniform  Laugh out loud

Atleast he isn't wearing a Sens or Canadiens Jersey.

My favorite team is Toronto closely followed by Dallas(could change, dallas is doing horrible as of late)

blink



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User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 980 times:

"Quite honestly, the Czechs still scare me just because of the magic Dominik Hasek can work. He can singlehandedly nullify any glaring deficeciency on his team if his head is in the game."

Amen, I couldn't have said it better.



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