It is so much hockey to watch at the moment and as a previous hockey player I`m watching as much hockey as I can. I started to play hockey as a 8-year-old kid, and my favorite team at that time was The Rangers.
I was wearing a hockey shirt from The Rangers and the big hero at that time was Gretzky. What a hockey player. But it`s still a lot of good players out there, and The Rangers have battled for six games against Washington Capitals.
All games have so far been so exiting with only one single goal in the difference, which is a sign of two great teams. But that`s not all. Yesterday, in their Game Nr. 7 in Madison Square Garden, only a six-second sequence separated them.
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist are doing a great job. He saved all eight shots he faced in overtime, and The Rangers stayed steady. According to The New York Times, the last playoff games, dating back to last year, have been decided by one goal, an N.H.L record. That`s impressive.
Henrik Lundqvist is born in Aare, Sweden, and on 4 December 2013, he signed a seven-year, $59,5 million contract extension with the Rangers. He is the highest-paid goaltender in the NHL with an average cap hit of $8,5 million. Salary; $11 million USD (2015). Rangers fans gave him the nickname «King Henrik».
Talking about Lundqvist leads me to Sweden. It`s the World Hockey Championships right now, and Sweden will play against Russia later today. A match I`m looking forward to. Having Sweden in the finale would be a dream.
I`m also impressed by Canada, which is probably the best hockey team in the world right now. They won 9-0 in a match against Belarus earlier today. Canada is extremely strong and economic activity in Canada related to hockey is worth over $11 billion annually, according to a new report; Ice Hockey In Canada, 2015 Impact Study; The economic, Social, Community and Sport Benefits of Canada`s Favourite Game.
The study’s results estimate that $2.6 billion moves directly between communities in Canada each year as a result of hockey, with the division of revenue breaking down as follows:
· Tourism: 52%
· NHL clubs and major events: 31%
· NHL salaries that come back home: 10%
· Corporate sponsorships: 6%
One of the best hockey players in the world right now is Sidney Crosby (Nr 87 on team Canada). He`s playing so smart and is so strong. Have you seen his shots? Awesome. Canada and Crosby knows what this is about. It is all about business. Show business. It`s fun to watch their games, and that`s business to me.
USA was also playing in a quarter-final earlier today in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Switzerland started to score one goal early in the match and was the leader after period one. The 2015 U.S Men`s National Team used two quick goals in the second period to spark a 3-1 victory over Switzerland.
Both, USA and Canada have the opportunity to be the world champions, but I will watch the game between Sweden and Russia later today. Lundqvist is doing a great job for Rangers and he should be playing for team Sweden today, but unfortunately he`s not. He`s in New York.
Sweden – Russia starts in a few minutes.
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