Basically, the smaller rink has made players playing their everyday hockey
in the NHL develop - and control - a muuuuuch higher tempo than their
The Finnish national team and the Finnish League were always considered
as the most trans-Atlantic in style in all of Europe. Fast, physical, many teams
with smaller home rinks than average European d:os.
But now, sumtin's up
Looks to me as if head coach Mr Marjamäki wants to go back to the 90's:
rigid strategy, pattern first - individual skill and improvisation second,
willful lowering of tempo, less clean body checks - more grinding along the
boards...yup. Looks like the Swedish league back in the 90's.
As proven by the catastrophic World Cup result back in September.
A team with quick, bold break-outs and turnovers will always beat the livin' daylights out of us this way!
As proven by the French last week.
Mr Marjamäki gots to go!
If we make it to the final this year, it's a loss for world hockey at large
Boring the opposition to death is pretty unentertaining and not what We The Fans want
The Swedes perfected that crap decades ago.
Then abandoned it (thank the gods) when it became obsolete.
Not sure just what the Finnish hockey organizational elite is up to right now...
Still hoping for more bold individual moves and quicker first passes in tomorrow's game against the USA, though.
Too much talent, after all, in the Finnish team to not break out of the stupid head coach's cemented BS...
might still become a good game