In Finland, in the largest cities of Helsinki and Tampere, the Ice Hockey World Championship is in full swing. Sports competitions began in mid-May and will end at the end of the month – May 29. Group A teams meet in Helsinki. Teams representing Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Slovakia, Denmark and Kazakhstan play in the Finnish capital. Group B matches are played in Tampere. Teams from Finland, the United States of America, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Latvia, Norway, Great Britain and Austria compete there. The sports sweepstake works at its full capacity.
The current world champion team – that is Canada – turned out to be the only top team that did not strengthen its team with Stanley Cup dropouts. Even the eminent Sidney Patrick Crosby, the captain and centre forward of the Canadian hockey club Pittsburgh Penguins, has not received an invitation yet. According to the famous player, no one from the leadership of the national team has contacted him yet. Whether the three-time Stanley Cup winner will play in Helsinki isn’t clear yet. If this happens, the 2022 world championship will be his first in the last 8 years and the third in his entire career.
Professional betting is based on a detailed study of the teams’ composition.
What players joined the national teams of Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic?
Talented forward Lukas Reichel made the German ice hockey team stronger. He is the only one who joined the Germans during the tournament. But this player is not quite from the National Hockey League.
Lukas Reichel played 11 games in the American Hockey League, recognized as the strongest in the world. He spent his first season with the Chicago Blackhawks. After that, he joined the eminent Rockford, who dropped out of the competition for the Calder Cup – a trophy awarded to the winner of the playoff championship of the American Hockey League. An obstacle on the way to the desired goal was the loss to the Carolina Hurricanes farm club. Reichel has been hailed as one of Germany’s brightest talents, along with former German defenders Moritz Seider and forward Tim Stützle.
22-year-old defenseman Martin Fehervary, who during the past season turned into an indispensable defence player for the Washington Capitals professional hockey club, joined the Slovakian national team. The Slovak played 79 games in the US regular season and 6 games in the NHL. Now Fegervara is doing everything possible to help his team take place in the world championship standings. But so far, Martin’s efforts have not yielded noticeable results. For example, in a match with Switzerland, the Slovaks lost with a score of 25:47. Even the longest playing time and the final “+1” did not help. The Crusaders celebrated their landslide victory.
The Czech national team was strengthened by two strong representatives of the National Hockey League – striker David Pastrnak and defender Michal Kempny. The latter has already tried himself on the Finnish ice, and the result was very unfortunate. Michal took part in the match with the Austrians, in which his team lost miserably. The journalists shamed the team for this unsuccessful game. The Washington Capitals player was on the ice for about 19 minutes and couldn’t do anything useful for his team.
Left winger of the Boston Bruins National Hockey League club David Pastrnak is now the main star of the Czech team. And also its main hope.
Which hockey players have made the teams of Finland, Sweden and the USA stronger?
The new composition of the team became known even before the start of the international tournament. After all, Mikael Granlund was eliminated from the National Hockey League after 4 games in the playoffs. The final results of the Nashville Predators club, which the athlete represents, were far from acceptable. But the failure in the NHL gave Mikael a great opportunity to join the host team of the tournament. The eminent striker immediately showed all his skill on the ice – in the game with Latvia, he scored 2 points for the team, including a winning shot at the goal 3 minutes before the end of regular time. In the game with the United States, Granlund also scored 2 goals against the opponent.
The defensive positions of the Finns are also taken good care of. Miro Heiskanen and Esa Lindell, who are recognized as the best defenders of the American Dallas Stars club, promised to come to the home tournament. Interestingly, Lindell has not played for the national team for the past 6 years.
The Swedish team was strengthened by the famous forwards Karl Grundström and Jacob Peterson, goalkeeper Linus Ullmark and defender Markus Pettersson. Sports commentators predicted that the Swedes would assemble the strongest squad this year. But these optimistic expectations were not fulfilled. Many eminent NHL players who completed the hockey season, for various reasons, refused to join the national team even before the start of the World Cup. And most of the NHL players who dropped out during the first round of the Stanley Cup also did not make it to Tampere.
Therefore, the Swedish national hockey team, popularly referred to as “Tre Kronor”, and its head coach Johan Garpenlov had to act based on the current opportunities. Los Angeles Kings forwards Karl Grundström and Dallas Stars Jacob Peterson, who arrived from the United States, immediately took to the ice in a match with the Finns. Peterson was able to help his team by making a virtuoso pass, which ended with the puck in the net. And now there’s information that the Swedish team also was made stronger by Boston goalkeeper Linus Ullmark and Pittsburgh defenseman Marcus Pettersson.
Very promising players from the strongest league in the world have joined the national team of the United States of America. The achievements of forwards Ryan Hartman and Matt Baldy, defender John Merrill and goalkeeper Jeremy Swayman are well known to everyone.
Ryan Hartman and Matt Baldy perform for the Minnesota Wild, a professional hockey club based in St. Paul. These talented forwards will certainly be needed by the Stars and Stripes in games with serious opponents. Ryan Hartman proved his unique talents during his last season in the NHL by becoming the Savages’ first centre. The Minnesota Wild’s lineup also includes a promising 21-year-old Matt Baldy, who made his way into the pro hockey team halfway through the regular season.
Defenseman John Merrill, who plays for the Detroit Red Wings NHL team, last entered the international arena back in 2012. Then the American youth team defended the right to continue playing in the elite division.
National Hockey League Boston Bruins goaltender Jeremy Sweiman will also strengthen the squad of the US national team, headed by the coach David Quinn. He will replace 2 goalkeepers on the ice: Alex Nedeljkovic from the Detroit Red Wings, who suffered lower-body injuries, and Strauss Mann from the Swedish Skellefteo AIK, whose results were far from the best in the match with the Finnish team. Recall that at the previous world championships, the American team faced a lot of different things, including eliminations from the main division.