January 4th, 2016

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Big Games Tomorrow


It’s going to be a BIG GAME tomorrow at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki.

Team USA plays vs Team Russia in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship semi-finals in Finland. In the other semis, Finland plays vs. Sweden, one of the  all-time hockey rivalries classics.

A few years ago, an old friend from Moscow asked me:

– When Russia plays USA whom are you rooting for?

I thought for a moment and said:

– What kind of question is it? Most definitely –  for the CCCP!

It’s a tricky answer, for those who didn’t get it. There is no more CCCP.

It’s in the past. It’s history.

I love Soviet hockey. I grew up watching it.

Hockey CCCP is childhood memories of a hockey historian.

It will be a BIG GAME tomorrow.

The best of luck to both teams and… Go USA!





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Back To Work

The 2015 Holiday Season was fantastic. Now, it’s back to work time.

Just like in the attached mini-clip featuring the best hockey player of all times and nations Helmut G. Balderis staring his next shift on ice :-)

Not all shifts were goal scoring or fabulous enough to be captured on film. There is a lot of routine work that eventually leads to scoring goals, getting awards and getting into media spotlight.

The same with us. Just like with Balderis!