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International Tournaments Discuss international tournaments such as the World Juniors, Olympic hockey, and Ice Hockey World Championships, as they take place; or discuss past tournaments.

Primary International Rivalries

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05-08-2010, 07:39 AM
Peter K
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Originally Posted by v-man View Post
Latvia doesn't have a big rivalry, but if anything it has to be with Belarus. They've been fighting it out for the 8-10 position for the last fourteen years, and have often had to play each other in do or die games, especially during Olympic qualification and junior tournaments.Since they're neighbours, they also depend on each other for many exhibition games when the elite teams don't wish to play them. Second for them would be Russia, but since there's a disparity between the teams talent wise and win wise, you can't really call it a rivalry, more so a historic precedent that always makes the games exciting, especially the two or three times the Latvians have come out on top.
Swiss would definitely be the third choice for me, maybe even the second, considering the great possibility of beating Russians

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