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ICE HOCKEY: World Championship ends and Finns are crowned champions

The final two games of the 2011 Ice Hockey World Championship were played on Sunday, May 15, in Bratislava.

The final two games of the 2011 Ice Hockey World Championship were played on Sunday, May 15, in Bratislava.

The afternoon match for the bronze medal between the Czech Republic and Russia ended 7-4 with Czech Roman Červenka’s scoring a hat trick and adding another assist on a goal. The Czech team was losing in the first period 2-3 but scored three goals in the second period and went on to a strong 7-4 victory to take home the bronze medal, the Sme daily wrote.

In the championship match the Finnish team defeated the Swedish team, 6-1. The game started with a first goal by the Swedes that was followed by three Finnish goals. The Finns added three more goals in a thrilling finish and won the gold medal at the 75th World Championship in Bratislava.

At the end of the championship René Fasel, the president of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), said: “Vivat Suomi (Finland), thank you Sweden, thank you, volunteers,” and then added in Slovak: “Ďakujeme, Slovensko” (Thank you, Slovakia).

He concluded the event by stating in the name of the IIHF that the world championship in Bratislava and Košice was concluded and that he and the federation were looking forward to the next year’s championship in the Finnish capital of Helsinki and the Swedish capital of Stockholm.

Although the Slovak team did not play well in the championship, the country was praised as the organiser of the championship, Sme reported. The daily wrote that Slovak coach Glen Hanlon had sent the best twenty five players he had at his disposal onto the ice but that the team lacked the speed and courage of younger players and needed better defensive skills.

It will be decided in June whether Hanlon will continue to coach the Slovak national team and Sme wrote that he currently does not seem to have many supporters.

Sme wrote that both Bratislava and Košice managed the relatively huge event without grave faults or big problems, expressing the general notion that the real winner of the 2011 championship was the current president of Slovak Ice Hockey Association.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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