Latvia WJC Discussion
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12-12-2011, 07:45 PM
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I am hoping to see a good showing from Latvia at the WJC...always is hard to see how quickly Latvia as a country has fallen in the hockey world. Ive lived in Riga and it is always disappointing to watch our juniors get blown out of the water by the powerhouses.
10 years ago we were so far behind in juniors, that teams like Poland and France were beating us with ease. For the record, U20 results:
2000 - 17th place
2001 - 18th place
2002 - 21st place (Below Japan and just ahead of Croatia)
2003 - 17/18th place
2004 - 15/16th
2005 - 11/12th (Got the promotion to elite for the first time)
After that Latvia has been mostly bouncing from elite to Div.1 and back.
Untill 2006 results for our U18 team were even worse, but they are also now traveling to elite once in two years.
So i would say that our junior results are much better than they were a decade ago. Though i agree that our youth system is still a mess and main reason we are producing talents are because of our passion for the sport.
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