Jaroslav Halak Suffers Sean Avery Imitation from Own Teammate

It’s one thing for Sean Avery to swing his stick or fists at an opposing goalie’s head.  But even Avery wouldn’t swing at his own goalie!  (he wouldn’t, would he?)

Tomas Surovoy (except for an obituary this should be the last you read of him) swung his stick at Jaroslav Halak’s head after the goalie gave up a goal in Slovakia’s game against the Czech Republic in the IIHF World Championship going on in Switzerland.  Czech-Slovak games are tough enough without players turning on each other.

Watch Halak’s response after the swing.  Either he is an incredibly easy going guy or he is just so stunned that he has no idea how to react.  He probably thought it was a Czech player and was looking to his teammate for help!  It may be tough playing in Montreal but at least there you only have to deal with the viciousness of your own fans.

And how about those announcers?  Can someone who speaks Slovakian please translate for me?  The tone in their voice sounds like they’re watching paint dry!  Their goalie just took an axe chop to the head and they have the reaction of Eyore on a rainy day!

UPDATE:  Apparently the broadcast is Finnish and not Slovakian.  Would they have shown more emotion if it had been a Swedish goalie facing the axe?


Future Price or Mason in ’09 World Juniors?

Two years ago Canada beat Patrick Kane and the USA in the gold medal game of the IIHF World Junior Championship in a dramatic shootout. The game winning save was made by Carey Price.  Three years ago Steve Mason led Canada to the gold. In 1999 Roberto Luogno carried the Canadian team on his back (sign of things to come?) but fell just short of the gold.  In 2002 Henrik Lundqvist carried a weak Swedish team.  Was there a Luongo, Lundqvist, Price or Mason in this year’s tournament?

Dustin Tokarski and Jacob Markstrom, top two goalies of this year's tournament

Dustin Tokarski and Jacob Markstrom, top two goalies of this year's tournament

The two choices to potentially appear on the distinguished alumni list one day appear to be Canadian Dustin Tovarski and Swede Jacob Markstrom.  Tovarski won MVP in the finals and Markstrom won MVG for the tournament.

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Goalie Photos (and cool jerseys) From World Championships

Want to see some really cool throwback jerseys from around the world? Want to see what your favorite goalie looks like when he combines his NHL colors with his national colors? (sometimes it’s a natural fit and sometimes it’s just u-g-l-y) Want to see some goalies you’ve never heard of but are shining on a world stage? Check out the photos I’ve pulled from the official IIHF site. All photos are courtesy of the IIHF and Hockey Hall of Fame.

Canadian Cam Ward’s Hurricane equipment is a perfect fit with his national jersey.




Really cool throwback jerseys from Finland.  Almost the Suomi Penguins.




More famous on their soccer team but the powder blues of Italia look great! The big ad on the ref’s belly?… not so much.




Martin Gerber reprising his ’06 Olympic role when he stoned Canada in a 2-0 win.  Might the gold Senators trim be an indicator of how Suisse fares in this tournament?  No, of course not.



Not a throwback jersey but I love the old leather-style coloring of the gloves and pads on Slovakia’s Robert Kristan.




Norwegian goalies apparently feel the need to wander… probably safer to meander around their fjords (I just wanted to say “fjords” in a goalie blog)



Yikes! Yellow, black, red, white and blue, oh my.  No problem for opposing shooters to see Tim Thomas in the USA net.




In the last three months Cristobal Huet has played for the Habs, the Caps and now the French all without needing to change his gloves and pads.  Convenient, n’est pa?



Good grief… every spring the Germans remind us of the horrible Canucks jerseys from the 80’s.  And every spring they end up with the same result as those Canucks.



Sharks’ German third-stringer Dimitrij Patzgold looking much better in the German throwback jersey.




Cam Ward wearing Canada’s throwback jersey, a.k.a. their old Canada Cup jersey.  Just kind of screams “we’re going to win and you’re not”.  Unless you’re the Soviets and it’s 1981 and… ugh, never mind.



Latvian fans are rabid and it looks like one of these women missed her vaccination shot. I sat in a sea of Latvians at the Torino games and had the most fun of my Olympic visit. I think I sat behind that guy in the hat.



Check out the official IIHF site for all the photos from every game.