Team Canada to use artificial light to deal with the "24 hours of darkness" in Ufa
Hockey Canada is pulling out all the stops to make sure the focus remains on the ice. Team chefs are tagging along to prepare familiar food while the outfit has even hired sleep experts and purchased special tanning lamps to help players adjust to the climate in the southern Russian city, near the Kazakhstan border.
"We're probably dealing with 24 hours of darkness," said Spott. "Our bodies are motivated by light. We have a pretty detailed plan on how we will deal with that, with some artificial light during the day."
Of course they don't! It's roughly on the same latitude as Edmonton and I doubt they were fussing around with lamps last year.
The whole thing is so over the top and ignorant that I found it funny. But I love it though, brings back that whole Cold War mentality back a bit. Going deep into unknown heartland Russia, equipped with Kraft dinner and lamps!
Spott is a hockey coach and apparently not up on world geography. But people at Hockey Canada having sent teams to Ufa previously to play should be aware of where and what Ufa is.. Taking their own chefs on tournaments is standard practice for Hockey Canada to any country, but if they have invested in lamps to combat the effects of 24 hour darkness in Ufa, then whoever dispelled that gem of wisdom to HC should be fired immediately. they are paying for some real lousy advice.. Of course I've been saying for years that the people working at Hockey Canada are intellectually challenged, so if it were in fact true, I wouldn't be all that surprised.
While most of Sweden really is dark during that time, I am happy to tell worried Canadians that the WJC 13'-14' host city Malmö is located at the southern part of Sweden, almost as far south as you get. IMO we should have placed the event in Luleå though....or maybe Kiruna, at an outdoor rink.
no I'm pretty sure he meant for the duration of the tournament
As I wrote in a previous post, HC has sent teams to Ufa before, 2007 albeit it was summer summit series, but I think they are at HC familiar with Ufa for what it is and isn't.... It was a pretty moronic statement for the coach to say if in fact he did say it... I know they are playing some pre-tourny games in Finland, whether it's northern Finland he was referring to, who knows... maybe the journalist has a beef with the coach and wants to make him look like an idiot...job well done... who knows what goes on in these kinds of scrums.... totally stupid thing to say though..and if HC actually has lamps to take the Ufa, then HC is even dumber than their coach....
I was going to say one of the U18 IIHF championships was recently played in Ufa, but that was Kazan. Nevertheless HC should be familiar with that neck of the words.
BTW I've been to Ufa 3 times. and it is a nice city.