NHLers help golden Worlds rosters; domestic stars needed too
Star NHL goalie Tomas Vokoun backstopped the Czechs to World Championship gold in 2010, but that team only included four NHLers in total. Photo: Matthew Manor / HHOF-IIHF Images
With the NHL playoff picture becoming clearer every day, national teams are starting to select their rosters for the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Finland and Sweden. If you want to win it all, how important is it to have an NHL-loaded squad?
Q&A with Israel’s returning Stanley Cup-winning head coach
Jean Perron led the Montreal Canadiens to the 1986 Stanley Cup. Now he’s back with the Israeli national team. Photo: Viktor Gokhberg
METULLA – He guided Israel to its finest hour on the international hockey stage, competing against Germany and France at the 2006 IIHF World Championship Division I. IIHF.com caught up with Jean Perron, who returned as head coach of Israel this year.
VENTSPILS, Latvia – Surprise at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division I Group A: The last-seeded Czechs won the tournament and will play with the elite nations for the first time ever next year in Ottawa.
DPR Korea’s women back
After a lost season, Asians get promoted to Division I
MARIBOR, Slovenia – After forfeiting all games last year due to financial problems, the women’s team from DPR Korea returned to the international stage and earned promotion back to Division I with a clean record.