Friday, May 16, 2014

Latvia won a close game over the USA in the IIHF world Championships 6-5


Thanks to our wonderful Latvian twitter sources - we instantly know that the following, marked in red below, are Latvian National Hockey players with specific Floorball experience (specific means more than just in school): This list is IIHF's official Latvian Team team list - all credits to them.
We may update this list as soon as we have any more names in. Ha the first RED guy on this list - started out his career as a Floorball goalie...

Then in more general terms - we do have an estimated confirmation that most Latvian schools have Floorball in their sports program - so most likely - all of these below should have held a Floorball stick at least a few times. We think this statement describe the reality as good as possible.

Why we do this? We would like to be fully clear about our statement that Floorball does not hurt any level Ice Hockey player (rather the opposite). To level the playing field - in this case the ice?

We can only wonder about the USA?  Floor Hockey?

Goalkeepers
31MASALSKIS EdgarsL175/5'9''78/17231 Mar 1980HK Poprad
33PUNNENOVS IvarsL185/6'1''85/18730 May 1994Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
50GUDLEVSKIS KristersL190/6'3''86/19031 Jul 1992Tampa Bay Lightning
Defenders
2LAVINS RodrigoL180/5'11''84/1853 Aug 1974Dinamo Riga
11SOTNIEKS KristapsL183/6'0''87/19229 Jan 1987Dinamo Riga
13GALVINS GuntisL186/6'1''87/19225 Jan 1986AIK Stockholm
14REDLIHS JekabsL187/6'2''86/19029 Mar 1982Dinamo Riga
22JASS MarisL188/6'2''90/19818 Jan 1985Pirati Chomutov
32KULDA ArtursL188/6'2''97/21425 Jul 1988Salavat Yulayev Ufa
52JAKS JanisR180/5'11''83/18322 Aug 1995HK Riga
81PUJACS GeorgijsL185/6'1''95/20911 Jun 1981Dinamo Riga
Forwards
3STALS JurisL191/6'3''91/2018 Apr 1982HK Poprad
12VASILJEVS HerbertsR180/5'11''84/18527 May 1976Krefeld Pinguine
16DAUGAVINS KasparsL183/6'0''83/18318 May 1988Geneve-Servette
17NIZIVIJS AleksandrsR177/5'10''77/17016 Sep 1976Dinamo Riga
21BERZINS ArmandsL192/6'4''97/21427 Dec 1983Beibarys Atyrau
24REDLIHS MikelisL181/5'11''81/1791 Jul 1984Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
25DZERINS AndrisL185/6'1''85/18714 Feb 1988Dinamo Riga
28GIRGENSONS ZemgusL188/6'2''88/1945 Jan 1994Buffalo Sabres
29LIPSBERGS RobertsL180/5'11''88/19429 Jul 1994Seattle Thunderbirds
47CIPULIS MartinsL181/5'11''82/18129 Nov 1980Dinamo Riga
70INDRASIS MiksL190/6'3''85/18730 Sep 1990Dinamo Riga
87MEIJA GintsL185/6'1''80/1764 Sep 1987Dinamo Riga
90JASS KobaR183/6'0''87/1921 May 1990Bili Tygri Liberec
91KENINS RonaldsL178/5'10''80/17628 Feb 1991ZSC Lions Zurich
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Caution

Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!