Facts of Europe
Spengler Cup 2012, Switzerland
On New Year´s Eve 2012 Team Canada won the 86th Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland. It was Canada´s 29th appearance in the tournament, their 18th final and 12th victory. This year Canada was strengthened with a lot of players from the NHL being locked out and looking for something to do.
The team was made up of big names with a lot of NHL experience.
Goalies – Devan Dubnyk (Oilers) and Jonathan Bernier (Kings)
Defense: Carlo Colaiacovo (Red Wings), Jason Demers (Sharks)
Forwards: Patrice Bergeron (Bruins), Matt Duchene (Avalanche), Tyler Seguin (Bruins), Ryan Smith (Oilers), Jason Spezza (Senators), John Tavares (Islanders) and Sam Gagner (Oilers).
After losing their first game to the German Mannheim Eagles in OT (1-2) Team Canada dominated the rest of the tournament winning 5-0 vs. Davos and 5-1 vs. Fribourg-Gotteron. The final of this Spengler Cup saw host Davos losing to the Canadians 7-2.
Winter Game in Germany
On January 5th, 2013 German DEL teams uremberg Ice Tigers and the Berlin Polarbears set a new European outdoor record. In front of 50.000 spectators the first Winter Game was played in the soccer arena of Nuremberg. A rink was built in the middle of the arena and before the main event began an alumni game was hold with German hockey greats (Erich Kühnhackl, Peter-John Lee, …).
Then the first Winter Game in Germany took place although it was lightly raining the whole time. The first period ended scoreless. After 12:42 of the second period Connor James scored the first goal of the game. But the Polarbears were fighting back and Florian Busch hammered the puck under the cross bar and the game was totally open again.
At the end Nuremberg won this game 4-3 and the winning goal was scored by the Canadian Jason Jaspers with 6:13 to go in the third period. The Gold-Star of this game was the Ice Tiger´s goalie Tyler Weiman who stopped 34 of 37 shots fired onto his goal. In between the two games there was the band BOSSHOSS entertaining the attendance.
At the end it was the opinion of nearly everybody: “It was astonishing – a great event! Hopefully it´s not the last one! The only thing that could have been ‘organized’ better – was the weather!”
All-Star-Game in Russia
In Russian´s KHL the All-Star-Game took place in Chelyabinsk where Team East played Team West. The game grew a larger than expected crowd of 6,500. The 18-11 final score looked more like Lacrosse than hockey but in the end Team East came out on top. Although Ilya Kovalchuk (Devils) scored three goals (first and last and one in the middle of the game) the East couldn´t beat the West. Pavel Datsyuk (Red Wings) assisted on two goals.