But in Europe we don't have commercial breaks/TV Timeouts that interrupt the games...If I could, i would chose rather the sponsors on the shirt than additional breaks.
Actually in the Finnish Elite League we have commercial breaks. Every game is televised so every game has commercial breaks. They're not long breaks but they give opportunities for hot players to rest a bit and stay on the ice before and after the break. And in Helsinki the breaks are longer than in the rural areas.
Some trivia information for you guys. We call Erik Karlsson in Finland as "Världens bästa Karlsson" which means "Worlds Best Karlsson" in Swedish. The name comes from a Swedish children's book called "Karlsson på taket" which means "Karlsson-on-the-Roof" in English. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karlsson-on-the-Roof
The first time Karlsson played for Jokerit, Hartwall Arena jumbotron showed a text "Välkommen Erik Karlsson" (Welcome Erik Karlsson) with the music from the movie adaptation from Världens bästa Karlsson you can see yourself from below.
As a curiosity, how many goals have been scored against Jokerit since Erik joined the team (and before)? How many goals against has he been on the ice for?
I could tabulate some of that myself I guess by going through this thread but it seems like a lot of people can make better sense than I can of the Jokerit stat pages online.
Before Erik joined the team, 18 goals had been scored against Jokerit in 5 games. That's 3.6 goals per game. After Erik joined the team, 21 goals have been scored against in 12 games. 1.75 goals per game.
Obviously not counting PP or PK, Erik's been on the ice 16 times when Jokerit has scored and only 5 times when the opposing team has scored. So it's +16 -5 = +11.
Since Erik joined Jokerit, they have made 36 goals.
But it's not just Karlsson's influence that Jokerit has done so much better than at the beginning of the season. Detroit's Valtteri Filppula joined the team one game earlier and he has been a huge player for Jokerit too.
Tomorrow Jokerit plays in Sweden against Färjestad BK in a European Trophy game. The winner of tomorrow's game goes to European Trophy Finals. The preliminary rounds have been played between the best European teams since the end of July.
The game starts @ 5:00 PM Hellsinki time, 10:00 AM Ottawa time.