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10-04-2009, 10:49 AM
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Hey KirkW,
first of all, welcome to Germany. I also plan to attend some games in Cologne and already got my tickets for all the round robin games of the German group, so if you plan to attend some of the games, we can meet.
As for your other questions, I don't think that you can walk in any given pub and they will show hockey. Although Cologne can be considered a "hockey town", this label can't be compared to a Canadian hockey town. I am sure that the organizing committee will have planned some special events in the host cities and that you can pick up the games in some special pubs or sports bars, but in the end we have to acknowledge that hockey is only a niche sport in Germany and is dwarfed by soccer (which will be in its final stages of the league season when the IIHF championship takes place).
If you want to meet other hockey fans, I recommend to go to the games and talk to some people.

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