Friday, April 25, 2003

IIHF World Championships Starting

Slovakia's defense of the World's Top Hockey Country begins today with 16 international teams participating in the IIHF World Championships beginning Saturday April 26th. This year, the tournament will be settled in Finland.

A lot of the NHL stars will represent their respective countries as they have done so last year and in the Salt Lake Olympics. Jaromir Jagr is not on the Czech Republic roster since the Capitals reached the first round of the playoffs. Many of Canada's stars turned out on thier roster. In the peliminary rounds already, USA lost to Denmark and Canada defeated team Belarus. Since when did Denmark get a hockey powerhouse????

GROUP A
Slovakia
Germany
Ukraine
Japan

GROUP B
Russia
USA
Switzerland
Denmark

GROUP C
Sweden
Canada
Latvia
Belarus

GROUP D
Finland
Czech Rep.
Austria
Slovenia
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