The terror and war-torn Latvia experienced many changes in the first half of 20th century. Half of the Latvia’s population was destroyed by wars and repressions and those people who had a chance to fled abroad they fled and thousands Latvians were scattered all over the world.
Don't worry this story will not be about the history of Latvia, but this story will be about two Latvians which each were born in the other side of the world, but they had more common than different. The story about meeting of two Latvians which probably did not foresee about each other and this special moment.
The game where both Latvians met was in 12th December 1989. Vancouver Canucks played a road game against Minesota North Stars. Canucks won this game 4:2 and stopped their three game losing streak while for North Stars that was seventh loss in a row. Harold Šnepsts didn’t score any points and haven’t got any shots on goal while Helmuts Balderis had -2 which was the worst in game and had a one shot on goal. This game is known as the first Latvian NHL rivalry.
The might of Latvians
A big heart and hard work ethics is that what characterizes Latvian and that’s exactly what is needed for a hockey. As time is passing by and the world becomes more globalized I hope, that the Latvians will remain their big heart and hard working ethics to achieve the highest heights and join all of the mighty Latvians.
Some historic video footage
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In this game Harold Šnepsts was 35 and Helmuts Balderis 37 years old and I wasn’t even born. It is really hard to write about times which I haven’t lived in nor seen them. If you have anything interesting to contribute, press releases, pictures, historic video footage about this game or Helmuts Balderis NHL career, please let me know.
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