Referees break the heart of Canada: the new superpower of world ice hockey

Referees break the heart of Canada
The new superpower in the world of ice hockey

By Tobias Nordmann

Ice hockey superpower: Finland. After the Olympic victory, the team was the second to celebrate the historic double by winning the World Cup in front of its fans. Meanwhile, opponents in the final, Canada, are having trouble making several controversial decisions by the referees.

No, the referee didn’t really accept Canada that Sunday night, sorry, lucky. In the turbulent final phase of the World Cup final against Finland, the new superpower in ice hockey, slashes with a maple on their jersey defied many controversial decisions by the referees, celebrated their next exciting comeback in this tournament, and then slipped off the ice. losers. In overtime, Sakari Maninen threw the disc straight into the heart of Canadian ice hockey with one timer.

As soon as the small rubber disc hit hard behind goalkeeper Matt Tomkins, the helmets of the Finns flew over the ice, and fans celebrated an unrestrained party. Exactly in the middle of the Sanna Marin premier with a glass of wine (or Prosecco?). As the second team ever to achieve the historic double of the world title and Olympic victory in one year. Previously, only the competitor from Sweden succeeded. 16 years ago. ‘Tre Kronor’ did well again in this tournament before being qualified in the quarter-finals by the Canadian mental giants in the penultimate minute of regulation time with two goals and in overtime after 43 seconds.

They have now impressively hit or pushed back Finland. against all enemies. “Team Canada” was leading 1-0 in this emotional duel until the 45th minute, after which it received two penalties. Legit against Noah Gregor. An unauthorized one, against Cole Selinger. The stick in the opponent’s face was not his, but the stick of a fellow Finn. The hosts were not interested (of course), he hit the cold, scored two goals and turned the game around. And when Joel Jeremiah added in the 55th minute, Canada’s dream of winning a record title seemed to be over. But then the next little miracle: Zach Whitecloud and Max Comtois crafted insane pressure on goal in 48 seconds – insane!

Chabot rowing on “Dive”

Then overtime – chances here, chances there and another penalty for North America. Another one to discuss. Captain Thomas Chabot, who stunningly prevented the Finns seconds before winning the bat show, had to stay on the ground for two minutes. And again this was exploited, once again mercilessly beating the hosts with a majority. Towering Mikael Granlund, who scored the first and second goals and once scored one of the most spectacular goals in hockey history, put Maninen, who shot at the end to win the world title. “I think it’s pretty obvious the guy threw himself, but at the end of the day my wand was in it, but I think everyone would agree it was a dive,” Chabot grumbled. Well, at least the referees don’t.

Noble fan: Sana Marin.

(Photo: IMAGO / Lehtikuva)

Striker Pierre-Luc Dubois, who was outstanding in the tournament, was even more explicit: “You work so hard and it’s a pity to decide like that. We know that there are different rules that apply in these tournaments. It’s annoying.” Finland did not care. The prime minister didn’t care. Together with another 11,486 spectators at the Nokia Arena, she sang along with the national anthem after the victory. “Having a gold medal hanging around your neck in your own track is the best feeling ever,” Maninen said after scoring in the seventh minute of extra time. The last time Sweden won the World Cup in front of their own fans was in 2013.

A year ago, Finland, who is currently in world ice hockey, lost the World Cup final to Canada in Riga, at that time also after extra time. 15 Olympic champions from Beijing, bolstered by some NHL stars, now have their revenge. with delay. However, the truth is that no one knows what would have happened if the historically strong Sbornaja from Russia had been accepted into the World Cup. Due to the embargo as a result of Vladimir Putin’s war of aggression in Ukraine, her right to start was withdrawn.

And this is how it is now: Four times in the past six World Cup finals, the two new great contenders Finland and Canada have faced each other in the final. As in 2019, the Finns triumphed. In addition to Manninen and recent giant Granlund, national coach Jukka Jalonen and captain Valterri Filppula can also feel like champions of this crazy ice hockey nation. After 2011 and 2019, Yalonin is now a three-time world champion coach, Olympic champion coach, and has long enjoyed a cult status. Untouchable. He put together a physically strong team, with incredible fun to play and an indomitable rush. In any case, everything is known about the skills of the kerfs on the blade and the runners.

“Good endorsement for your trip”

Captain Vilpola is also recruited into the “Elite Triple Gold Club”, which is open to all players who have won at least one Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal and one world title each. Despite all the world class players Finland have already introduced, the 38-year-old striker is the first Finn to do so. The team’s success is also highly regarded by national coach Toni Soderholm, himself a Finn. “If Finland wins the Olympics and the World Cup in a year, you have to take your hat off. It’s unbelievable,” he told German news agency DPA. “They did it in front of the home fans, with many saying there’s a lot of pressure. That’s a good confirmation of the journey they are taking.”

“Overall, they won the World Cup in 2019 with a team that was worse in name. The fact that they won there was a huge boost,” said Soderholm, stressing the collaboration in Finnish ice hockey. . “There is a statement from the federation that no matter which hall you go to, the same things are trained. It is cooperation at all levels. That is why Finland is ranked first in the world rankings and plays in the world championships. It is a collective. It is not amazing, but the way it works is effective.”

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