Sweden Wins 2012 IIHF World Junior (U20) Hockey Championships

Sweden Wins IIHF 2012 World Junior Championships

After three periods of hockey in which the Swedes thoroughly out-shot the Russians 50-16, the score was still 0 – 0 at the end of regulation time. The Swedes have not won a World Junior Gold since 1981 but I bet there will be plenty of celebration in Sweden now. In the overtime period, the Ottawa Senators 1st round draft pick, Swedish player Mika Zibanejad, pounced on a loose puck turnover at the Russian blue line and streaked in on the Russian netminder Mika Zibanejad and lifted a sweet backhander into the top corner. I was happy to see that the final goal was a clean, non-controversial goal but it certainly must be tough to be a goaltender who stops 58 shots in one night and still ends up on the losing end of the game.

Congratulations to the Swedish team.

Sorry, I don’t have a Swedish Hockey image to go with this post. I looked to see if I had a stamp from 1981 but this is the most recent Swedish stamp that I have from the days when a long ago Swedish pen-pal would send over stamps for my collection. Both reflect a long time ago. Congrats again. Always nice to finish in first on the world stage especially after so many second place finishes. Tonight was a fairytale finish that deserves a place beside a fairytale stamp.

Hopefully, no Swedes complain about me substituting a shot of a Swedish kayaking competitor from the World Kayaking Championships of a few years ago. I haven’t photographed any Swedish hockey players in my lifetime.

A time for discussion

Hope my Swedish photography contacts get enough sleep.

www.flickr.com/photos/sweron/ (R A Pyke “SweRon” in Orebo, Sweden)
www.flickr.com/photos/11647567@N00/ (“Antranswe” of Falkensberg)
www.flickr.com/photos/p1r/ (Petter Duvander “p1R” in Lund, Sweden)
www.flickr.com/photos/14699363@N06/ (“JohnDan1” in Stockholm, Sweden)

Grattis på hockey segern.

About Ron

Ron has long had an interest in photography and traveling and, in recent years, has had more time to devote to both activities. Long a Pentax user, Ron switched to Nikon gear when he went digital. The advent of the digital SLR camera, and the ease of the internet blogging process, has provided a venue for sharing his photography and travel experience at the local, national and international level. More about Ron
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