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12-09-2011, 02:53 AM
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Neither Niko Hovinen nor Jakub Kovar will play in the Channel One Cup, the second tournament in Euro Hockey Tour. Former Flyers prospects Joacim Eriksson and Simon Bertilsson made the Swedish roster however. Both will make their debuts (Bertilsson was selected for the previous tournament as well, but had to withdraw due to illness) for the national team.

This is a tournament where traditionally many regulars are rested/unfortunately has to decline due to sudden illness or family matters. Early Christmas break, or a tournament in Russia. Back in the days when the tournament was called Izvestija and these things were a little more serious, this was also a tournament where the coaches could see if a player had the mental strength to cope with whatever little tricks the Soviet hosts had planned. Those who couldn't quite handle it were taken off the list for future Canada Cups, because the Canadians were even worse... (just kidding)

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