Saturday, May 10, 2003

IIHF World Championship Medal Round Set

Today, the World Championships of International Hockey is set for the Gold Medal Game. Sweden will take on Canada tomorrow. Though the teams did not match the same "dream team" rosters from the Salt Lake Olympics, both teams are stocked with NHL talent from their home country. The loser of this game will earn the Silver medal and second place.
In the Bronze medal game, the defending World champion Slovakia will face their traditional rivals of Team Czech Republic.It's a dissapointing finish for Slovakia who had high expectations of repeating as champions. Czech Republic a hockey powerhouse in recent years hopes they return to their former glory since winning the Gold Medal in the Nagano Olympics. This is the biggest match between the two countries since they parted ways more than 9 years ago. In a sureal turn of events, the two teams will have to face goaltenders who work together in the NHL. Tomas Vokoun (Czech) and Jan Lasak (Slovak) both play goal for the Nashville Predators.
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