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Finns seek converts to hockey in the Middle East
02-28-2015, 05:37 AM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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It's not a one way street y'all chuckle.gif


Finns seek converts to hockey in the Gulf

Antti Lehto went to Dubai for work, but he soon found a new home in the United Arab Emirates: Dubai Oilers, his current semi-pro hockey team. The defenseman’s first club was Rauman Lukko, but this week he got to celebrate a championship win in the Emirates Hockey League.

The league has six teams, with two of them composed of local players and four comprised mainly of expats. The two local clubs provide the bulk of the players for the national team, which is coached by Finn Juhani Ijas.

Although the sport has solid enough foundations in the emirates, with six teams contesting the title, it remains some way behind other local pastimes such as cricket, rugby and camel racing.

"It’s a kind of semi-pro scene," said Lehto. The title decider in Al Ain’s ice hall drew around 30 spectators."

Lehto’s Oilers beat the Al-Ain Theebs club to secure the title this week, giving him the chance to lift the trophy. For someone who played with world champion Janne Niskala in his youth it was still a moving experience.

"It weighed at least 30 kilos," said Lehto, who also took the prize into the sauna as Finnish sporting tradition dictates.

http://yle.fi/uutiset/finns_seek_convert...lf/7833044
02-28-2015, 05:39 AM #2
White Ribbon call me
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so its field hockey?? you know the type of hockey that you guys say isnt hockey.. blink.gif
02-28-2015, 05:44 AM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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What's field hockey? 13.gif

No we're talking ice hockey. Ice is known in Australia I think. It's commonly put in drinks, but when spread out on a floor in a big cold room you can skate on it and play ice hockey and all sorts of fun.

Maybe you can google it? You guys have google, right?
02-28-2015, 05:58 AM #4
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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(02-28-2015, 05:39 AM)the white ribbon Wrote:  so its field hockey?? you know the type of hockey that you guys say isnt hockey.. blink.gif

We call field hockey lacrosse.
02-28-2015, 06:07 AM #5
White Ribbon call me
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(02-28-2015, 05:44 AM)Octo Wrote:  What's field hockey? 13.gif

No we're talking ice hockey. Ice is known in Australia I think. It's commonly put in drinks, but when spread out on a floor in a big cold room you can skate on it and play ice hockey and all sorts of fun.

Maybe you can google it? You guys have google, right?

no, whats google? coffeetime.gif

ice hockey in UAE (one of the hottest places in the world), sure that sounds like it would take off..

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02-28-2015, 06:09 AM #6
White Ribbon call me
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(02-28-2015, 05:58 AM)Shadow Wrote:  
(02-28-2015, 05:39 AM)the white ribbon Wrote:  so its field hockey?? you know the type of hockey that you guys say isnt hockey.. blink.gif

We call field hockey lacrosse.

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we call field hockey, hockey, in OZ.. no ice skating rinks here, just fields for days.. chuckle.gif
02-28-2015, 06:10 AM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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I'm not aware of anyone playing that without massive amounts of ridicule.

Maybe for fun in the summers, but floorball is way more popular. My small town has its own team
02-28-2015, 06:15 AM #8
White Ribbon call me
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(02-28-2015, 06:10 AM)Octo Wrote:  I'm not aware of anyone playing that without massive amounts of ridicule.

Maybe for fun in the summers, but floorball is way more popular. My small town has its own team

i have never played it (ppppfffttttt!!!!! as if.... i am far too cool for such games.. coffeetime.gif)

oh its a national sport in OZ.. like any country we all play diff games.. cricket is huge here too.. cricket is mega.. you know, everyone is outdoors all the time in the sunshine and good weather playing with balls and bats.. *shrugs shoulders* well, i am glad they found a game for you guys that you can play all year round.. see, its not so bad after all.. chuckle.gif
02-28-2015, 06:18 AM #9
White Ribbon call me
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(02-28-2015, 06:10 AM)Octo Wrote:  I'm not aware of anyone playing that without massive amounts of ridicule.

Maybe for fun in the summers, but floorball is way more popular. My small town has its own team

there you go, floorball, is the effen same thing as field hockey.. its not like they play in long grass in the meadows.. its like playing tennis on a grass court or a hard court.. its still the same game, FFS.. lol.gif
02-28-2015, 06:28 AM #10
Octo Mother Superior
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May be, but they're both bullshit.

I was talking ice hockey.

Did you see the part where they take the trophy into the sauna as Finnish sporting tradition dictates?

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It means they built saunas in the middle east as well.
02-28-2015, 06:31 AM #11
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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What the hell is this topic about?

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02-28-2015, 06:38 AM #12
Octo Mother Superior
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Taking your own culture with you wherever you go.

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02-28-2015, 06:42 AM #13
Octo Mother Superior
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Exporting culture is probably a better wording

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03-01-2015, 02:08 AM #14
yankees skier
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Wondering how they do biere in the locker room after games? That's part of hockey culture in North America.

Biere.
03-01-2015, 04:13 AM #15
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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I doubt there is much bier in those locker rooms

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