June 2004 - Vol. 8 - No 3
2004 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PHOTO GALLERY Photos: Mikko Järvinen, Pekka Mononen, Jukka Rautio and Jani Rajamäki
APRIL SHOWERS: Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundqvist keeps his eye, and his glove, on the puck despite getting a shower from USA’s Ryan Malone
OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM: Canada’s Shawn Horcoff’s and France’s Sebastien Bordeleau face-off during the preliminary round. The two team’s paths never crossed again as Canada took home the gold, while France finished in 16th place.
A SUMMIT MEETING: Canada capatin Ryan Smyth shakes hands with Swedish star Peter Forsberg after Canada won its second consecutive gold medal against the Swedes. It is the first time since the IIHF adopted the new championship format that the gold medal game was a rematch from the previous year.
ALL DRESSED U , NOWHERE TO GO: Russia’s superstars Ilya Kovalchuk, Oleg Tverdovsky, Alexander Ovechkin, Alexei Yashin and Vladimir Antipov couldn’t provide a spark for their team, which didn’t make the quarterfinals.
PUT ME IN COACH: Switzerland’s Valentin Wirz watchs the action from the bench while goaltender Martin Gerber waits for the action to return to his end of the ice.
BRONZE BUMMER: After losing to Canada the previous day, Slovakian goaltender, Jan Lasak, reacts to losing in a shootout against the Americans in the bronze medal game.
THE EVOLUTION OF A GOAL: Sweden’s P.J. Axelsson shows that scoring a goal can be as easy as 1-2-3. Left, Axelsson shoots; middle, he scores; right, let the good times roll.