I know some of this has already been posted in the Slovakia-Denmark GDT, but I doubt way too many people actually read that thread about this useless game. However this game was the last one in Slovak NT jersey for #38 Pavol Demitra and the fans in Bratislava have created a beautiful farewall, which has left us all (including Paľo himself) in tears.
"For me and everybody, it was very emotional," said Demitra of the post-game cheers. "You’re going to remember it the rest of your life."
Last edited by slovakiasnextone: 05-09-2011 at 04:39 PM.
I think it should be also noted that the game against Finland was the last one for Ľubo Višňovský in the NT a she says he has lost his motivation to play for the NT. Kind of symboli since he started his senior NT career back in the 1990s against Finalnd too at that time as an internationally unknown kid playing with Slovan Bratislava. I think we would all agree that Ľubo still has something to give to the NT, but at the same time it´s most memorable when you leave at your highest rather than prolonging it. The one thing I´m really sorry about s that he didn´t play today he didn´t get such a sent off as Demitra did, because a palyer who has played at so many times as Ľubo has- including the disastrous 2008 WC when he was the only top notch player wiling to come or now in 2011 when he played despite his injuries and with the possibility of endangering his season definitely deserved one. This way the only way an of us gets to say thank you is like this-Ľubo Višňovský #17- Thank you!.
And of course while we are thanking the players, there is an another group of people that shouldn´t be forgotten, the fans that have created such a fantastic atmosphere in Bratislava and especially those in the arena (but also in Košice and other places), in Michal Handzuš´ words: "But our fans were great. They’re the best fans in the world, and they showed it today."
Congratulations to both Pavol and Ľubo...stick tap to the fans in Bratislava for being classy, positive, and enthusiastic throughout even though the results did not go well for the Slovak team. If a stranger tuned into this tournament and watched only today's game they would not have known that it did not mean anything, and that's a credit to the fans who supported their team no matter what.
It's too bad Slovakia didn't have a better showing at the tournament. That would have been great for the country and their hockey program. Sad to see Demitra go. He's been fun to watch. It was a great ride for him though!
__________________ "I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough." - Mark Twain.
I didn't even realize he was retiring for the Slovakian team until I pulled up the pictures on Yahoo. Tough to watch and even though it didn't turn out better, glad he was able to do it in front of so many of his fans.
As a player he seemed very moody to me...sometimes invisible and lacking effort or motivation. But when he "showed up" for a game and was in his prime...man what a player!:-) Truly amazing. He deserved such a send off