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Sweden Vs Austria 
Sat 25.04.2009
Contents: The Kronor triumphs with no ambiguity in Bern facing Team Austria, who had no other choice than defend and finally bend over in front of Today's Viking Gods. Swedish Scorers are: Jonsson, Johansson, Nilson, Weinhandl (2 goals), Harju & Eriksson. Despite Hard Times for Austrian Eagle Team, player Oraze gave his partners a break by scoring in the second period. The nation is safe !
Czech Republic Vs Denmark 
Sat 25.04.2009
Contents: The Magic is alive ! Czech players have combined so well on the ice for their first game against a decent but desperate Danish Team. With Superstars Jaromir Jagr and Ales Hemsky, everyone could feel the great passion and involvement of this brilliant squad, who scored 4 goals out of 5 in powerplay (Hlinka, Marek, Cajanek, Hemsky & Jagr). Czech supporters were in Heaven and they know why !
Finland Vs Norway 
Sat 25.04.2009
Contents: Team Finland demonstrates its power as a very coordinated group by taking advantage of powerplays and beating Norway 5 goals to zero. Today scorers are: Miettinen, Immonen, Niko Kapanen (1st period), Pyorala (2nd period) and Lehtonen (3rd period)
USA  Vs  Latvia
Sat 25.04.2009
An Open Game
   Scoring the first goal 5 minutes after the starting faceoff, Latvia has surprised its opponent thanks to Vasiljevs (assist: Nizivijs). From this point, the game has never stopped being a continuous run from one side to the other of the arena and no one could really bet on the winner up to the end. U.S player Liles equalized 7 minutes later on a pass by Okposo. On the second period, Karsums gave a new advantage to its Purple and White Team by scoring with his partners, Ankipans and Sprukts. Then again, Stafford equalized for the Stars
and Stripes 5 minutes later, and finally Jonhson reversed the suspense by giving the U.S little superiority. Both teams had a very similar style of play, rushing forward with two or three attackers ready to get the puck into the net as fast as possible. From the third period, the Americans changed their strategy by building a constructive offense around the opposite cage, very close to what the Canadians had demonstrated yesterday against Belarus. Finally, these tactics were fructuous, enabling O'Sullivan scoring an ultimate goal (assist: Hainsey). Some might have said that the Americans didn’t show their best skills today, but curiously, Latvia has always been a dangerous opponent to them.
Switzerland Vs France
Fri 24.04.2009
What a clumsy game !
   Swiss and French played a brutal Hockey, full of mistakes and imprecisions. Whole audience in the arena was of course supporting the Hosting country team, which might have felt too much pressure according to over-estimated expectations. This game has totalized no more than 16 penalties, 7 against Switzerland, 9 against France. One little Helvetic goal has been scored by Pluess in the first period during powerplay, whereas one little French goal by Yorick Treille has been canceled due to zone trespassing. Good thing about this meeting is that one can only expect better for the next games on sunday with other opponents of the group: Germany and Russia.
Germany Vs Russia 
Fri 24.04.2009
Contents: Team Russia dominates technically the German defense by scoring no more than 3 goals in the first period (Saprykin, kovalchuk, Zynoviev). No real solution was found by the Black shirts, very few shots to goals have been given. This lack of construction and offensive attempts lead to 2 more Russian goals in the third period (Kuryanov, Morozov). The game sounded like a training stage for Current Gold Champion and reminds the gap that still exists between the big 7 nations and the rest of Hockey World.
Canada Vs Belarus
Fri 24.04.2009
Canada setting up Confidence
   Belarus has breathed deeply and rapidly this afternoon in Bern, Switzerland, facing over-determined Canadians, involved in every piece of action, as if they were playing a final round game. Two goals have been scored in the first period by Steven Stamkos (assist: St.Louis then Doughty) whereas one Belarusian goal has been rejected for maple leaf country goalie Dwayne Roloson has moved his cage.
   During the second period, the game got tougher, and the number of penalties increased. Despite of powerplays, and even one double powerplay against Canada, no goal has been scored.

   Third period has proved much more intense from both teams, but especially from Canada, which game turned quite pushy and fast. This strategy resulted into 3 more goals scored by Jason Spezza, Mike Fisher and Dany Heatley. Fortunately for poor Team Belarus, Grabovski achieved to save the honour, just before Heatley scored a 6th goal, making it real hard for its opponent to come back, 6 minutes before the end of the game. Hockey Nation has showed its power. Future Opponents Slovakia and Hungary are warned.
2009 Challenge: USA, Finland, Canada, Russia & Switzerland Fri 24.04.2009
Rosters are Ready ! Wed 22.04.2009
Two days before competition startup, “Big 8” (8 best teams in the IIHF World Ranking) rosters are now available. Thus, one can realize for instance that Russia's coach mainly chose National resources instead of NHL superstars. One notices also that Sweden rather bets on the youth of its rookies, that Czech Republic remains faithful to its defensive game strategy, and that both Finnish and Slovak rosters gather partners belonging to clubs from no more than 7 different countries !
Czech Rep.
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Competition D - 7 Fri 17.04.2009
One small week before the first games of 2009 IIHF Competition, rosters of national teams are not sure yet. Of course, Switzerland being the hosting country, coach Ralph Krueger fixed his choice today. Helvetic Player Names can be found on Team Switzerland page.

About the Northen-American teams, 19 from the 23 maximum players allowed (20 forwards/defensemen + 3 goalies) where selected for Team USA, and 20 were named for Team Canada. Various expected players are finally not participating due to their NHL activity or injuries, which are quite common by the end of Hockey season. All along the week coming, all rosters should be determined with precision, and there still might be some surprises. Keep in touch.

Play Krokus band Live for the Action Opening Song
Contents : Commercial presentation designed by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), demonstrating Swiss local landscapes in color, mixed with arena Hockey action in black & white. One may notice famous Canadian player Shane Doan holding World Cup in Moscow back in 2007.

   The 2009 IIHF World Championship will stand in Switzerland's Capital, Berne, but also in the suburbs of Zurich (Kloten area). The two cities are only 1 hour-train separated.

From Friday 24.04.2009 to Monday 04.05.2009,
during preliminary and qualifying games,
Group B (RUS, GER, SWI, FRA) and Group C (USA, SWE, AUS, LAT) fans will have to be in Berne whereas Group A (CAN, SVK, BLR, HUN) and Group D (CZE, FIN, NOR, DEN) supporters will get the action in Zurich.
From Wednesday 06.05.2009 to Sunday 10.05.2009, Quarters, Semis and Finals will be all played in Berne Capital.
Championship 2009 SYMBOLS  
One year after European Football Championship organization, banks & mountains country will celebrate its new main sportive event by editing a special post stamp. Designed by Artist Susanne Krieg from Basel, the image shows a skate penetrated by the puck (move a bit your head aside and you’ll see it). Will that kind of performance influence our players ?

Besides of this commemorative particular release, Skoda, the main sponsor of IIHF World Championships for now 17 years, has decided to launch a special character this season. The Mascot named “Cooly” representing a Swiss brown cow playing Hockey will stand on major merchandising products. The only risk the Administration would expose is the fans excess, driven by game fever, who might molest their sweet teddy roomster. Hope they’ll behave...
Last year Russian Victory Celebration in Locker Room
Play Russian Victory Celebration Song
Contents : After Canada has been defeated at home (score: 4-5), all the winners celebrate their victory together with coach and journalists right in the locker room, drinking, yelling, singing and dancing in a very.... Russian way !
Top 10 Goals WC 2008 Flashback
Contents : This video will remind you of the best goals from last year, during the world championship held in Canada (Halifax - Quebec city).
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