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11-11-2012, 07:57 AM
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If seeded by IIHF rankings Hungary is ranked 19th, Ukraine 20 and GB 21, Poland 23 and Netherlands 24.
Either way we'll know today after the games are played.

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11-11-2012, 09:30 AM
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I'd much prefer Group E.

Kazakhstan aren't as good as they used to be so we could get something there. France would be a good test and we'd lose against Latvia.

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11-11-2012, 11:16 AM
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3-1 Netherlands at the end of the 1st.

5-4 Netherlands with 10 minutes left.

6-5 Hungary in the space of a minute. 1-1 in the other game.

6-6!


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11-11-2012, 01:17 PM
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According to the wikipedia, only options are group E or group F at this point. Poland Ukraine are nearly done their game so I guess we'll know for sure for sure soon.

I donno who I'm supposed to be cheering for cuz I donno what has to happen for GB to go in Group E lol

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11-11-2012, 02:30 PM
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crap... group f it is with Denmark Slovenia and Belarus...

Denmark will have guys like Mikkel Boedker, Frans Nielsen, Lars Eller, Jannik Hansen, Phil Larsen.

Slovenia will have Kopitar and Mursak.

Belarus will have the Kostitsyns and Grabovski...

Ben Bowns needs at least 1 game there, they can't play for W's there just play for experience. Prep the young goalie please

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11-11-2012, 03:45 PM
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Actually, we're off to Latvia.

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Damn. That's a shame in a way as I was already planning to potentially go depending on the cost.

Still - easier group for us.

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11-11-2012, 05:51 PM
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Damn. That's a shame in a way as I was already planning to potentially go depending on the cost.

Still - easier group for us.
Latvia is cheaper apparently

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11-11-2012, 05:52 PM
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Actually, we're off to Latvia.
SHOCKER, THE WIKIPEDIA LIED TO ME

That's awesome though, who is there to be scared of now? Stephen "KO'" De Costa (Because he gets hit a lot) and Crystalball Huet with France, maybe a goon in Ivanans and then Kaspars Daugavins for Latvia, and Nik Antropov for the Kazakhs.

At least it's close competition with these teams and hey Ben O'Connor looks like the best D-man in the Kazakhstan league right now lol

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11-11-2012, 05:58 PM
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Latvia is cheaper apparently
All depends really on weather I get this job tomorrow. Got an interview. Get that and I should be able to afford it.

I think in Latvia we could come second.

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That's awesome though, who is there to be scared of now? Stephen "KO'" De Costa (Because he gets hit a lot) and Crystalball Huet with France, maybe a goon in Ivanans and then Kaspars Daugavins for Latvia, and Nik Antropov for the Kazakhs.

At least it's close competition with these teams and hey Ben O'Connor looks like the best D-man in the Kazakhstan league right now lol
It's not just about the stars they have, their teams are overall better than us.

Come on, half the Kazakh team plays for Barys Astana...

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It's not just about the stars they have, their teams are overall better than us.

Come on, half the Kazakh team plays for Barys Astana...
Shhhhhhhhhh

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11-12-2012, 04:00 AM
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Shhhhhhhhhh
I'm all for optimism, but in reality we'll need nothing short of a miracle to win that group. But at least we will be competitive unlike in the other groups, this is probably the best case scenario.

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All depends really on weather I get this job tomorrow. Got an interview. Get that and I should be able to afford it.

I think in Latvia we could come second.
I think if your speech is as good as your spelling, i think you need not worry about whether you get this job.


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It doesn't matter who you play. In April Japan beat GB 5-0.
If a team wants to test themselves they have to play those ahead and if they want better rankings beat those ranked higher.
I've read some reports where it is being said that the win in Japan is the biggest since 1936 for Brit hockey.
Enjoy the ride savour the challenge ahead.
Latvia has some of the best fans in the world. Saw them on Halifax in 2008 they party hardy but always friendly.
France is an up and comer. They've managed to stay in the top IIHF division for a few years. Kazakhstan is the Jekyll and Hyde team.Year to year you're never sure what you'll get.
Push hard their maybe some cherries to be picked.
Canada's rwo Mother countries (GB and France) head to head.....former Moncton Wildcats coach and 2006 Q -League President Cup winner Ted Nolan head coach of Latvia.
Lot's of local angles for me in Fevrier


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11-12-2012, 11:59 AM
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I'm all for optimism, but in reality we'll need nothing short of a miracle to win that group. But at least we will be competitive unlike in the other groups, this is probably the best case scenario.
I'm surprised my post came off as optimistic lmao 1 NHL player on another team is more than GB has every single year

Like you said it's best case scenario but anything after the pre-qualifier is just a "Happy to be there" situation. Sounds like every Canadian athlete at the Summer Olympics

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11-12-2012, 01:05 PM
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I'm surprised my post came off as optimistic lmao 1 NHL player on another team is more than GB has every single year

Like you said it's best case scenario but anything after the pre-qualifier is just a "Happy to be there" situation. Sounds like every Canadian athlete at the Summer Olympics
Hey don't be diss'n our summer athletes. They did convince somebody to fund them.to wear t-shirts and shorts whilst running around on grass. Sometimes Canadians can even remember their names for 2 weeks. Still think 3/4 of summer olympic sports are made up and nobody really plays them

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Hey don't be diss'n our summer athletes. They did convince somebody to fund them.to wear t-shirts and shorts whilst running around on grass. Sometimes Canadians can even remember their names for 2 weeks. Still think 3/4 of summer olympic sports are made up and nobody really plays them
I always get frustrated listening to our athletes after we lose. It was nice at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver when we had the Ricky Bobby attitude, "If you're not first, you're last." (Also known as "Own the Podium")

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I always get frustrated listening to our athletes after we lose. It was nice at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver when we had the Ricky Bobby attitude, "If you're not first, you're last." (Also known as "Own the Podium")
I could post the video of our last WC of soccer qualifier. We thought we had a chance a W would put us through to the last stage.
Then Honduras hands us our arses 8-1
Stick to ice and snow
Okay I give this back to the Brits

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I think we'll beat Kazakhstan, lose in OT/SO to France and lose to Latvia.

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11-13-2012, 08:31 AM
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I think we'll beat Kazakhstan, lose in OT/SO to France and lose to Latvia.
Sorry, there's absolutely no chance that'll happen

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I think we'll beat Kazakhstan, lose in OT/SO to France and lose to Latvia.
Blimey that's very optimistic.

I'd say to grab one point off anyone in the group will be a success, to push teams and to make their win very difficult.

But tbh the best outcome will come off the ice, maybe we'll see Eurosport televising the group stages, hopefully some sort of break could come in, see the sport get more mentions in the press etc.

And with playing in two groupstages, it gives some good prep going into the WC's at the end of the season.

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Sorry, there's absolutely no chance that'll happen
There is always a chance.

Granted it's not a big one at all, but still it's there

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I think we'll beat Kazakhstan, lose in OT/SO to France and lose to Latvia.
With the way Team Latvia has been playing the last two exhibition games,hell you even might have a chance against us

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We play Kazakhstan in the WJC Group 1B I believe so that's something to look forward to.

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