Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Russia Regains The World Ice Hockey Title

Filed under: patriotic,Russian,sport — 01varvara @ 00.00

On Sunday, Team Russia snapped a 15-year gold-medal drought by rallying to dethrone Canada 5-4 in front of a crowd of more than 13,000 fans packing the giant Colisée Arena in Québec City in the final showdown of the 2008 IIHF World Championship. It was the first time that Russia played in the world championship finals and their first gold medal, won against the very same Canadian side, since 1993. Trailing the Canadians 2-4 late in the third period, two quick goals from Aleksei Tereshchenko and Ilya Kovalchuk brought the Russians level even, although the Canadians had scored 3 goals to our one on a power play in the first period.

Vyacheslav Bykov, the Russian head coach who beat the Canadians in the world championship finals in 1993, commented on Sunday’s win. “It was tough, it surely was, but our guys held out just fine and the referees realised that you’ve got to keep your eyes wide open when you are judging a game like this…”

Ilya Kovalchuk, cheered on by thousands of Russian fans rooting from the seats and millions who watched the game on television, scored the winner on a power play with 2:42 minutes gone in overtime, firing a wrist shot from about 14 metres that caught the Canadian goalie Cam Ward flat footed. Aleksei Tereshchenko said, “We have a great team with great players, and we really appreciate the enthusiastic support we got from our fans in Canada and Russia. It’s our shared victory…”.

The game’s two-time scorer Ilya Kovalchuk fully agreed with Aleksei. “It’s been such a release for us that we finally came out on top and for our aficionados who had waited so long for this to happen…”

To beat the formidable Canadians, who come from a country that invented the game exactly a century ago, means ending a century-old tug-of-war about who is the best ice hockey team around. In a telephone linkup with Russian head coach Vyacheslav Bykov, President Dmitri Medvedev said that the recent string of Russian victories in ice hockey, football, and other sports reflected the country’s quick economic growth of the past few years. The Russian pucksters also received heartfelt congratulations from Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

19 May 2008

Konstantin Garibov

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

Team Russia had best not rest on their laurels or become complacent. The Canucks are going to be fired up to regain the cup next year. The guys from the Great White North are serious competitors not to be discounted.

Vladislav Tretiak (1952- ), the best Russian ice hockey player of all time

Who’s the best ice hockey player of all time? The best Russian skater of all time was Vladislav Tretiak, the famous goaltender of the Soviet teams of the 70s and 80s. He is now a member of the RF Gosduma.

Who is the indisputable All-Time King of Hockey?

Gordie Howe (1928- ), Mr Hockey, the undeniable King of the sport


There is no competition. Gordie was a great athlete, and he is still a sterling gentleman. The Gold Standard, not only of ice hockey, but of all sport, I say.



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