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IIHF tournament in Bosnia

ZURICH – Two IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship events got a new venue following approval by the 2017 IIHF Semi-Annual Congress. The 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division III Qualification will take place in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina that hosted the 1984 Olympic Winter Games, from 25th to 28th February 2018….

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Labonte, Campbell retire

Goaltender Charline Labonte and forward Jessica Campbell have announced their retirement from Canada’s National women’s team. Both were not invited to the centralization camp for the PyeongChang Olympics. In the case of Labonte, her career ends after an extraordinary series of victories. The 34-year-old was a three-time gold medallist at the Olympics and two-time gold…

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Morocco makes it

CANILLO, Andorra – Morocco beat Ireland 11-4 in the final to win the inaugural Development Cup. It was the first time Morocco won an international tournament in the event that also included Portugal, which finished third, and host Andorra. The four-team tournament is an initiative from some of the smaller IIHF member countries not part…

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The Fighting Irish

CANILLO, Andorra – Ireland had a short history of World Championship play at the lower levels between 2004 and 2013. While the shutdown of the Republic of Ireland’s last rink caused a meltdown for Irish ice hockey, enthusiasts fight to keep the Irish ice hockey family alive. “A few years after the closing of the…

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Funk passes away

BAD TOLZ, Germany – German ice hockey legend Lorenz Funk passes away early Friday morning in his hometown of Bad Tolz at the age of 70. He lost his battle against prostate cancer. Funk, who was usually called by his nickname Lenz, represented West Germany in 225 international games including three Olympic Winter Games (1968,…

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Exotic gathering in Andorra

CANILLO, Andorra – Andorra hasn’t been your usual place for international ice hockey tournaments. But at the 2017 Development Cup you don’t have your usual national teams either as Andorra, Ireland, Morocco and Portugal will play a four-team tournament between what one could call exotic ice hockey countries. The teams, and others that discussed a…

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Beddoes to lead Azzurri

MILAN – The Italian Ice Sports Federation (FISG) announces the decision to entrust the guidance of the Italian men’s national team to Clayton Beddoes, Canadian born in 1970, already assistant coach of the Blue Team in the last two seasons and with a well-known past as coach of Cortina and Vipiteno in Serie A and…

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Hopeful newcomers

REYKJAVIK – Rapid risers and Iceland’s inaugural Continental Cup participant, Esja Reykjavik is now hoping to spring a surprise also at the international stage. Rising 914 meters above sea level and dominating the Reykjavik skyline in the world’s northernmost capital is Mount Esja. A fitting name chosen by the reigning champions of Iceland who in…

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Pyatt rejuvenated

TORONTO – When Tom Pyatt decided to take his hockey career to Switzerland three years ago, he knew he might have closed the door on ever playing in the National Hockey League again. The veteran of 255 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, and Tampa Bay Lightning signed a one-year contract with the option for…

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