In the shadow of death (Nāves ēnā) is a novel written by Latvian writer Rūdolfs Blaumanis in 1899. Novel events are set on a detached, drifting piece of ice in sea, with fourteen fishermen on it. After a number of days spent at sea in hopelessness, they are finally found. It turns out, however, that the boat is unable to carry all of them; this is followed by the tragic conclusion – drawing of lots to ascertain, who will have to stay on the piece of ice: people, with such choice put before them, are forced to show their true colors (1).
Latvia, Germany, Austria and unknown national team are drifting in a sea on a detached piece of ice till September 4th, 2016 when only one team could get of safely and participate into 2018 Winter Olympic Games ice hockey tournament in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.
There is a slight possibility that Latvia couldn’t even make till September 1st, 2016, due to lack of the men on ice. If you ask, where could they be if not on the ice in so important moment? The answer is simple, they could be playing in 9th KHL season: ·
Previous qualification tournaments for Winter Olympic Games
Firstly there are four IIHF definite international breaks in every season which allows national teams to play friendly games and participate in such a tournament like qualification tournament for Winter Olympic tournament.
International breaks for this and two next seasons(2):
Four previous qualification tournaments for Winter Olympic Games:
OK, calm down, I’ve read that this was done with the intention to assemble the best possible roster (read NHL players) for every National team. Sounds awesome right? Wait, but still I haven’t read about NHL player participation in 2018 Winter Olympic Games. It’s because there isn’t any deal made so far between NHL, NHLPA, IOC, South Korea Olympic Organizing Committee and the IIHF (NHL participation in Olympics still to be decided). But IIHF wants to see NHL players to participate in Winter Olympic Game qualification round? All right, why not, but I have some questions:
Fasel says "our goal is to bring the NHL to Korea," but he adds that it is a "long process" and "will not be easy." The IIHF must reach a deal with NHL officials, the NHL Players' Association and the International Olympic Committee. Insurance for player injuries is a perennial sticking point. For the last Winter Olympics in Sochi, a deal was reached seven months before the games. (3)"
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