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June 2004 - Vol 8 - No 3

2004 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SPECIAL

2004 ALL-STAR TEAM (as selected by media)

2004 DIRECTORATE BEST PLAYER AWARDS

Goalie: Henrik

Defense: Zdeno

Defense: Dick

Forward: Ville

Forward:

Forward, MVP:

Goalie: Ty

Defense: Zdeno

Forward: Dany

Lundqvist, SWE

Chara, SVK

Tarnstrom, SWE

Peltonen, FIN

Jaromir Jagr, CZE

Dany Heatley, CAN

Conklin, USA

Chara, SVK

Heatley, CAN

Photo: MIKKO JÄRVINEN, Europhoto

552,097. That’s the new magic number in the history of the IIHF World Championships. That number of spectators, amassed in Prague’s Sazka Arena (photo) and Ostrava’s CEZ Arena, is the new championship record, surpassing the number from Finland 1997 by more than 25,000.

The great little moments that make up a great world championship

Preliminary Round Game 1. Austria’s Dieter Kalt scores the first goal of the tournament, against France, just nine seconds from the drop of the puck to start the 68th IIHF World Championship Game 7. Ivo Ruthemann records six points in La Suisse’s 6-0 rout of the French. Later, two of his points are revoked, but his four points is still a tournament high. Game 9. Austria stuns Canada by jumping out to a 2-0 lead and holding on for a 2-2 tie against the gold medallists from 2003. Game 14. USA and Slovakia play to a 3-3 tie, all three of USA’s goals bouncing off a Slovak player and into the net, but also the first indication that the US has “something cooking”. Game 16. Austria surrenders a 4-1 lead to start the third period as Switzerland scores a goal in the final minute to tie the game 4-4. Game 17. Japan’s Nobuhiro Sugawara scores an own goal, Denmark’s fourth of the game, and then falls to the ice in horror at the realization. Denmark wins the game 4-3 and Japan is later relegated to Division I for 2005. Now the trivia question: Which Danish player was given credit for the goal? Answer: Bo Andersen.

Qualifying Round Game 35. Trailing Russia 2-1 after two periods, the USA rallies for a tremendous 3-2 win, a game in which goalie Mike Dunham called the turning point of the tournament for the Americans. Game 39. Canada defeats Germany 6-1, marking the first time German goalie Olaf Kölzig has played inter- nationally against his adopted country. Game 43. Finland defeats Russia 4-0, knocking the Russians out of the quarter-finals and sending them reeling to a 10th place finish Game 44. The undefeated hosts from the Czech Republic soundly defeat Canada 6-2, Canada’s first loss since the 2002 IIHF World Championship.

Relegation Round Game 25. France loses to the Kazakhs 5-0, the fourth successive game of the championship that the team has failed to score a goal. Game 36. Ukraine beats France 6-2, but Benoit Bachelet finally scores France’s first goal of the tourna- ment, in the first period of the team’s fifth game. Game 46. France’s 2-2 tie with Japan confirms the demotion of France for the 2005 IIHF World Championship.

Playoffs Game 50. Little-known American forward Andy Roach makes a sensational move on goalie Tomas Vokoun in the penalty shoot-out to give the USA a stunning 3-2 win over the undefeated hosts. Game 51. Dany Heatley scores in overtime on an unbelievable slapshot over the shoulder of Mika Noronen to give Canada a 5-4 win over Finland. Game 53. Shawn Horcoff scores a controversial goal in the third period to give Canada a 2-1 win over Slovakia and send the country to its second consecuti- ve gold-medal game. Game 55. Andy Roach and the US strike again in a penalty shoot-out, this time against Slovakia to win bronze. Roach becomes the first player to score two penalty shoot-out game winners in two different games in one IIHF World Championship Game 56. Heately sparks a four-goal rally that sees Canada overcome a 3-1 deficit and beat Sweden 5-3 to lead Canada to its second straight gold medal victory over Tre Kronor, the first back-to-back golds by Canada since 1958 and 1959.

Andrew Podnieks

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