Thursday, December 25, 2014

A comment upon the Juniors Hockey Championships.. before it starts


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One of our most constant line of thoughts at this blog - is that Floorball makes Hockey players better.

We are not alone saying this. A man like Pavel Barber indeed add some fuel to this fire of a discussion. The statistics on how both Finland and Sweden has performed as hockey nations after the broader Floorball introductions - also speaks with it own clear voice.

Then, what we also love to add, is that it is not just the specific training in itself, with very light tools, that helps out - or the ease of access to meaningful training... We think it is also the massive way that Floorball penetrates societies like Finland and Sweden - in school or any other recreational setting imaginable. So Floorball reach all kids in one way or another - and interest for stick-handling or the gift of hockey manners or tricks - are brought forward to all kids in some sort of an interesting "#LTAD" manner.

Both Sweden and Finland are very successful Hockey nations. So does this mean that the Junior Hockey World Championships tourney that starts - more or less now and goes into 2015 - will be won by Sweden or Finland?
We think - maybe not this time.

Why? Well, first of all the American teams will have the home Ice advantage with the tighter rinks, then obviously it seems like they have rather strong rosters for both the North American teams this year too.  We have also been able to read up that some key players are missin' in the Swedish team, due to injuries or other reasons.
Then, and this is crucial - it is always Davids fight against Goliath. Sweden measured by its size - for instance.... - it is like the city of New York would take on the rest of the US nation and that is not always an easy task. And Finland, well let's just guess that they have 3/5 of the numbers of players as Sweden do - so it is even harder to ask "half" of New York to beat the rest of the nation.

From our Floorball perspective we think it could be interesting to more look at individual players this time - mainly from nations like Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and the Czech republic - as some of these players are raised in a rather Floorball intense environment. Something that we say have spurred some skills also among hockey players.
Yep, each Hockey World Championship seems to generate a few individual, outstanding playing, stars each time and it will happen now too - for both players with some Floorball background/traditions - or not.

And yes, just to remind you, players like Mats Sundin, Peter Forsberg and a few more of some rather big guys has said that Floorball helped their hockey. And we do think they know what they talk about.

Let the games begin. This will be highly interesting to follow - even if our favorite Floorball nations not may take the gold - we will still be very happy about Floorball here - so for now - let's see how it goes.

Remember - it's only a game :-D


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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!