As 2013 shows, underdog nations must be taken seriously
Although losing to Sweden in the final hurt, Swiss captain Mathias Seger (with Swiss President Ueli Maurer, IIHF President René Fasel) and his team proved their country is a true hockey nation. Photo: Andre Ringuette /HHOF-IIHF Images
STOCKHOLM – There’s an saying: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” The 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship proved just how true that is.
Swiss hope to build on momentum, exploit long-awaited medal
Swiss hockey fans fill the Zurich Airport to welcome their heroes on the day after the end of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Photo: Thomas Oswald / hockeyfans.ch
ZURICH – The Swiss national team wrote history many times this month. Only Sweden was able to stop the Cinderella story in the gold medal game. The Swiss now hope to capitalize on their 2013 Worlds success and push the sport of hockey deeper into their country.
STOCKHOLM – Switzerland’s Roman Josi won three honours at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. The Nashville Predators defenceman was Most Valuable Player, Best Defenceman and selected for the All-Star Team.
Team ticking like Swiss watch, aiming for historic gold
STOCKHOLM – History will be written today when either Sweden will end the home-ice curse or Switzerland will become World Champion for the first time. Who is the builder behind the success of Switzerland’s “Red Machine”?
STOCKHOLM – Somewhere Andy Roach is smiling. Team USA earned its first bronze medal since 2004 with a 3-2 shootout win over Finland. John Gibson once again played well beyond his years in the medal winning game.