It's been a while since the last game in 2015 IIHF ice hockey World Championship (2015 WCh) in Prague & Ostrava which ended with Canadian 6:1 victory over russians. And thus the ice hockey season was ended Europe. But speaking about "Walking Dead" (read - Latvian men's nationals ice hockey team)...
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link
This saying came in my mind instantly when I tried to summarize performance of Latvian national team in 2015 ice hockey WCh and it characterizes Latvian national ice hockey team and describes the Latvian ice hockey as a whole. I'm not surprised about Latvian final ranking in tournament as that how really sad our national team looked. This tournament mainly was based on three players: GK Edgars Masaļskis, F Kaspars Daugaviņš and F Lauris Dārziņš.
This time I won't fully analyze this tournament, I will highlight few facts. Latvians couldn't manage any regulation victory and couldn't score more than two goals in any of the games. Despite the good shot accuracy, Latvians were last in tournament in shots on goal - 104 shots on goal in 7 games.
But there was good things too Lauris Dārziņš has repeated the best scored points record 3+7 in 7 games, this is the only second time when Latvian representative player has scored at least 10 point in tournament, the second is Oļegs Znaroks with 3+7 in 8 games.
Of course you can point at the fact that in this year were many injuries and in the roster was 7 debutant players, but this doesn't alter the sad truth - Latvian ice hockey is a slowly sinking ship. To avoid further degradation we could just look at other nations and in which leagues they are playing.
Nations in same level and number of players from native ice hockey league:
Everyday it's harder and harder to write about ice hockey not just only because the sun are shining outside it's more because I have plenty of works to do. Long story short - when season is over, it's over.
Articles title pictur - PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 12: Latvia's Edgars Maslaskis #31 stairs at the puck after allowing the 3-2 shoot-out game-winning goal to France's Stephane da Costa #14 during preliminary round action at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)
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