The Philippines wishes to achieve a gold medal in water hockey at SEA Games 30

The 30th SEA Games in the Philippines from November 30 to December 11 last year saw athletes compete in a rather underwater sport with extremely difficult challenges for the athletes, when they have to transform into mermaids fighting under the lake.

As usual, the Philippines has put on the list of competing sports quite unique.

Hockey is one of the world’s favorite sports with interesting antagonism. This subject has 2 teams fighting with the goal of bringing the hockey ball into the opponent’s net to score many goals.

But the two teams will have to use the sticks to hit the ball into the opponent’s goal. This game requires good technical players and excellent visibility and determination to win the team.

Hockey is played on many different terrains, most commonly on ice rinks, but it is also played underwater.

It is underwater hockey, one of the strange competitions that the Philippines – the host country of the 30-year SEA Games this year has tried to mobilize members of the underwater hockey federation in Southeast Asia to attend to organize and win gold in this subject.

So, what is underwater hockey? This subject was born very accidentally in a situation unrelated to sports. In the 1950s, the British Navy often devised ways to practice and play in a manner similar to ice hockey in the water to help divers improve their ability.

In 1954, Underwater hockey (also known as Octopus – Octopus) was officially considered a sport after Alan Blake founded the first club, Southsea Sub-Aqua in England.

Underwater hockey is a very difficult subject because the athlete needs to be a good swimmer, able to dive deep and keep a good breath for as long as possible. Therefore, besides competing to score on the opponent’s goal, this is also a swimming game with deep diving, who has the ability to dive longer can bring victory for their team.

The ball used in water hockey is of normal size, round and flat but it is important that it has enough weight to sink to the bottom. Usually, an orb to play in this interesting match weighs between 1.3 – 1.5kg.

Each member of the match may use a hockey stick about 30cm long, not too long for the athlete to move easily and use a stick to hit the opponent’s net.

Each team participates in water hockey including 10 athletes, of which 6 players compete and the remaining 4 will be in reserve. This sport does not distinguish between men and women, as long as you have good health, you can play it.

Chelsea legend Petr Cech debuted as a hockey goalie

Now no one can say that you didn’t catch golf without a hat!

At 37, the time for Cech has ended. He lost his place to Bernd Leno at Arsenal earlier this season and could only enjoy time in the Europa League.

But when he said goodbye to football, Cech still deserves to be one of the most respected watchmen, not only because of the talent that has been confirmed in Chelsea and Arsenal shirts, but also for his courage and perseverance with professionalism.

Recently, our former goalkeeper and current technical adviser Petr Cech announced he would compete in an official hockey tournament.

The 37-year-old former goalkeeper will compete as a netminder for the Guildford team based near Cech’s residence. When not at Chelsea, he will play with them. “I am very happy to have the opportunity to play for Phoenix to have a real experience”,  Cech said.

Guildford head coach Milos Melicherik added: “We are delighted that Petr joined Phoenix and we are looking forward to meeting him this weekend”.

Cech will feature in the first match against Swindon Wildcats 2. He is of course the most successful goalkeeper in Chelsea Football Club history, including keeping our record of the number of clean sheets.

After retiring from football after the Europa League final in May when he played for Arsenal against Chelsea, Cech returned to Stamford Bridge in a new role in June.

At the age of 13, Cech had to make a decision between pursuing the future in hockey or in soccer, because he simply did not have time to practice both.

Back in 1998, the 16-year-old Cech was captivated by the achievement of his own country, the Czech Republic, with a dramatic victory at the Winter Olympics that year in Japan.

‘When I was in Nagano, the quarterfinals, semi-finals and ice hockey finals all took place in the morning, so I didn’t go to school. We all tried to find ways to not miss it”, he added.

Jacques Plante: The greatest NHL goalkeeper in history

There was a time when Google Doodle replaced the avatar in honor of Jacques Plante. So, who is Jacques Plante?

Jacques Plante, full name is Joseph Jacques Omer Plante, born January 17, 1929 – died February 27, 1986. He is a goalkeeper of professional ice hockey.

In a career spanning 28 years, from 1947 to 1975, Joseph Jacques Omer Plante is recognized as one of the most important revolution in ice hockey.

The Canadian goalkeeper played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1953 to 1963, during which time his team won the Stanley Cup six times, including five consecutive victories.

Despite retiring in 1965 but because of his talents and endless dedication to Canadian hockey, he was persuaded to return to the National Hockey League to play for the St. Petersburg Open Louis Blues in 1968.

He later joined the World Hockey Association in North America as a coach and general manager for the Quebec Nordiques team in 1973. He then played for the Edmonton team in 1974, and officially retired from professional hockey career with this team in 1975.

The reason why people call Joseph Jacques Omer Plante one of the revolutionaries of ice hockey is because he has made many improvements in his favorite sport here.

Joseph Jacques Omer Plante is the first NHL goalkeeper to wear a goalkeeper mask in a play that is regulated by the normal rules. Not only that, he also developed and tested many different types of masks (including the precursors of today’s head-mounted helmet masks) with the help of other hockey experts.

He was also the first hockey goalkeeper to regularly guide and encourage teammates to attack while he was on duty to defend the goal. During 10 years of playing for Montreal Canadiens, he and his teammates earned Montreal Canadiens the “Dream Team” in 1985.

With a total of 437 matches played during his 28-year career as an ice hockey goalkeeper, Joseph Jacques Omer Plante ranked 7th among the NHL goalkeepers in history.

Best Ice Hockey Leagues (part 3)

5.) Czech Extraliga (Tipsport Extraliga)

The Czech Extraliga is one of the most fierceful professional ice hockey leagues in Europe and is currently rated by the IIHF as the third strongest and popular ice hockey league in Europe. The league was also established in 1993 and the Czech’s have a lot to offer for in terms of talent contributed to the NHL.

Players from the Czech Republic work their way to the NHL every year and many of those players have had opportunity at playing in the Czech Extraliga. There are currently 50-plus Czech players in the National Hockey League including Thomas Hertl, Vladimir Sobotka and Pavel Zacha playing for NHL rosters, it is obvious that the Czech Republic and the Czech Extraliga is home for nurturing talented all-around hockey players.

4.) SM-liiga

Finland’s top professional ice-hockey league is SM-liiga, and considered by the IIHF as the second popular league in Europe. Hockey’s popularity in Finland has rapidly growth at the international level with viewership, support, and the level of hockey play. In the 2014 Olympic games in Soichi, Russia, Finland won the bronze medal, defeated the US squad with the final result 5-0.

The SM-liiga has been growing since it took over hockey responsibilities in Finland from the SM-sarja in 1975 by churning out NHL-caliber talent. The Finnish league is consists of 14 teams that compete for one of ten playoff position in a span of 60 regular season games, with the best six teams entering the quarter-final stage. The Czech Extraliga and SM-liiga use the same format as the 7th-10th teams compete with each other for an opportunity to compete with one of the 6 quarter-final contestants.

The SM-liiga also contributes a considerable number of stars players to the NHL and some of Finland’s most highly talents such as Mikael Granlund and Teemu Pulkkinen. Talented NHLers such as Aleksander Barkov, Sami Vatanen and Rasmus Ristolainen are all nurtured by the SM-liiga and the future of the league is as bright as ever since it keeps nurturing such amazing stars.

Best Ice Hockey Leagues (Part 1)

Do you know if there are hockey leagues that dominated the NHL in terms of talent, viewership, and fan-base? Well, if you do, then this sport should be just for you.

It is commonly known that players from around the world gather to the NHL for a chance to get the Lord Stanley’s Cup and play to shine on the biggest possibly hockey leagues around North America. However, hockey is not a single event that is exclusive solely to North America as there are many European leagues such as the SEL, KHL, and SM-liiga proves that they are quite advanced at developing talented hockey players that can play successfully at any level.

In this post, you might find a breakdown of the top best hockey leagues around the world:

Ontario Hockey League (OHL)

The Ontario Hockey League is popular, much like the QL and WHL, for nurturing some amazing talent that has a enormous impact at the NHL level. Players such as Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, and John Tavares have all played in the OHL stage and made their reputations in the NHL.

Robert Thomas played for the Hamilton Bulldogs as he got the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the MVP of the OHL playoffs. While the OHL has 68 games scheduled for 20 teams, the league has done a wonderful job of scheduling games that compete mostly from Thursday till weekend. Since the majority of hockey players taking part in the OHL are aged 15-20, there are possibilities of some scheduling conflicts with ones are in school. However, don’t even think that some of these teenage players still have to attend school, they have clear schedule to make room to constantly improve their hockey game.

The OHL consistently nurtures players that are all-around skilled and level players. While leagues such as the QMJHL is well-known for producing offensive superstars, the OHL seems to produce players that are completely well-rounded. Even though the three major junior hockey leagues is not similar in terms of their respective styles, each has consistently nurtured a plethora of talent for NHL teams around North America.

Sister Chantal and her passion for hockey

In addition to karate, Sister Chantal is another favorite sport is hockey. To her teammates, the nun affectionately referred to as “Sis-TER”.

According to the Montreal Gazette, every Sunday night, the nun Chantal Desmarais put on the competition uniform bearing number 7, representing the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit.

An avid fan of the Montreal team, she strives for the performance of one of her favorite players, Brendan Gallagher. She is very good at technical spleen to avoid the chase of defenders to face the goalkeeper directly. Sr. Chantal did not hesitate to pass the ball to his teammates, nor did he care about not scoring in a few matches, as long as he still played well. After all, the score is rarely a major problem in the federation consisting of only three teams, although the two leading teams have a habit of showing their score in the final. Sister Chantal said her team won a few times but didn’t care about counting the number of wins: “The purpose of sport is to free people, not to put more pressure on you”.

Striker Diane Laporte, an architect in the ordinary days, played on the same line as the nun Chantal, but also faced the Sister while competing in the federation. Ms. Laporte said: “She is extremely fast and extremely active, and always explodes on ice”. Sr. Chantal is only 1m62 tall but weighs 63.5 kg. The nun recalls: “My physical condition was quite strong, so every time I plunged into the boards along the border, people kept thinking I broke myself in half. But I jumped up and continued to play as if nothing happened”. Therefore, in the team, Pionnières often joked that it was these boards that were unlucky to be slammed into.

For Laporte’s teammate, Sister Chantal was rarely punished for playing, except for one time that everyone remembered. When a TV news team came to record Pionnières’ match with the goal of dialing 7 of the team during the competition, a cameraman suggested a player of your team pretend to fall to the nun.

Growing up in the St-Hubert area of ​​South Shore in Montreal, she can play ice skating wherever she likes, on the school’s ice rink, the street or the path, imagining herself as the idol Yvan pheasant Cournoyer, the right flanker, was small but at a frightening pace since the 1960s and 1970s.

For Sister Chantal, it was not unusual for a nun to teach punching or skating on the net against a net. “Maybe some people think these sports seem extreme, but what we do is not as important as how we do it”, the nun concluded.

Amy Tran: Pride of American hockey team

At the World Cup held in Spain last year, Amy Tran won the title of the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Currently, she and the US team are actively preparing for the dream tournament – 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

High forehead, wide smile and tanned skin, Amy Tran has the tough appearance of a sports athlete. Looking at the female goalkeeper with the number 25 playing enthusiastically on the pitch with the swinging of the opponent, full of concentration and fierce, many spectators, especially female fans, cheered her on. They shouted Amy’s name from the stands, showing their absolute pride and trust in the player.

Amy Tran was born on October 2, 1980, in the capital Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States. In 2002, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of North Carolina and now resides in the city of Grantville.

Ever since she was studying under a high school named Northern Lebanon, Amy Tran was soon conquered by hockey. In fact, Pennsylvania, known as Hershey, is home to one of the first hockey teams to appear at the AHL American Hockey League. Outstanding in her goalkeeping role, Amy has been called up to the national under-20 team since 1999. Shortly after, she was called up to the under-21 team, then the U.23. Since 2001, Amy has been an integral pillar of the US national team.

It can be said that the achievements of Amy Tran today are thanks to the professional training platform in the team of the University of North Carolina. There are two special things that need to be said about hockey in North America. Firstly, most talents are discovered and selected from the school system. Second, hockey has long been considered a popular sport for women, not just for men. Amy Tran had no trouble with her family when she decided to become a professional hockey player.

Hockey fans in the United States have not yet forgotten Amy Tran’s great contribution to helping the United States win the 6th place in the World Cup rankings held in Madrid, Spain in October last year. This is the third time the US team has reached the top 6 teams in the world since joining the tournament since 1983. The 6th place is also the highest position that the US team has achieved in the past 12 years.

Recalling the golden moments at the 2006 World Cup, Amy Tran could not forget the ecstatic emotions when she competed in a brainstorming match against Germany, the team that won the 2004 Olympic gold medal. The USA team won. Germany with a close score of 1-0. In this match, Amy successfully saved a series of finishes from the opponent, the most important of which was the save of the skillful ball in the 11th minute. In addition, she also successfully saved 2 consecutive penalties followed by famous player Fanny Rinne in the 51st and 52nd minutes of the match. Amy was also considered a savior of the American team in the previous two matches.

Facts about Hockey (part 2)

The greatest hockey player of all time is Wayne Gretzky with 61 NHL records. Until now, nobody else even comes close to reach this many records.

The record for most points in a single game is achieved by Darryl Sittler with 10 points in a match  in 1976 between his team named the Leafs, and the Bruins. The final winning came to the Leafs. Before Darryl Sittler, Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard set the record with eight points.

Joe Malone holds the record for most scored goals in a game with seven goals in a game in 1920. 

The modern goalie mask was invented by the goaltender Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens in 1959.

Manon Rheaume was the first woman to play in the NHL as the goalie for Tampa Bay Lightning.

The first NHL million dollar contract belonged to Bobby Orr in 1971 which was worth $200,000 for five year term contract.

The first goalie to hit a goal in the other team’s net was Ron Hextall playing for the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Zamboni is the machine used on to keep the ice properly maintained which was named after Frank Zamboni – the inventor in 1949.

The names of twelve women appear on the Stanley Cup were either team executives or owners.

Each member of a Stanley Cup winning team will have a personal day with the Cup; in which, many of the champs have followed the tradition of filling the Cup with food such as: cereal, meatballs, soup, vegetable, milkshakes, fruits, chicken wings, poutine, and ice cream.

During a game, the goalies are not allowed to cross the centre-ice red line with or without the puck and in case, the goalies are injured during a game, anyone can fill the position — even a fan from inside the arena!

Best Hockey Players of All Time (part 2)

Terry Sawchuk

Many people believed that Terry Sawchuk is the greatest goalie in hockey. During a 21-year playing in the field, he won four Stanley Cups – three with the Red Wings (1952, 1954, 1955) and one with the Toronto Maple Leafs (1967); four Vezina Trophies and 447 career wins, which included an unprecedented 103 shutouts, a record that stood until 2009. He left his mark on hockey, and received 400 stitches before finally donning a face mask. All his facial injuries were recreated in 1966 Time magazine by a makeup artist. Unfortunately, Sawchuk died in 1970 at the age of 40 after a long time suffering from depression and alcoholism which caused him in a drunken fight with a teammate resulted in fatal internal injuries.

Jean Béliveau

Jean Béliveau is considered one of the game’s best centers with 10 Stanley Cups (1956–60, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1971) with the Montreal Canadiens and scored a record of 507 goals. In fact, Béliveau was so awesome that he didn’t even have to wait the customary three years after retiring to get into the Hockey Hall of Fame (1972).

Maurice Richard

Maurice Richard used to called “The Rocket” who rewrote the record books being the first right winger to score 500 goals, the first to light up the lamp 50 times in a single season and won eight Stanley Cups (1944, 1946, 1953, 1956–60) during his 18 years playing with the Montreal Canadiens. Maurice Richard is an idol among French Canadians, that’s why his suspension (for fighting) in 1955 caused fans to riot in Montreal.

Mario Lemieux

The 6 feet 4 inches (1.9 meters) tall Mario Lemieux has great speed and agility which help him won two Stanley Cups (1991–92) during his 17 years as a player with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He scored an impressive 690 career goals although he missed a number of seasons after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. In 1997 “The Magnificent One” retired, but then returned as a player for several seasons before his last retirement in 2006. Three years later Pittsburgh won another Stanley Cup in 2009, making Lemieux the first person to win the cup as both a player and an owner.

5 hockey players become legends in the world

1. Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky is the only player in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL) to score 200 points in a season, Gretzky achieved this feat four times in his career. He also holds the fastest scoring record with 50 goals in 39 matches. Gretzky set his passion for hockey in California thanks to his time working with the Los Angeles Kings, he finally turned Golden State into one of the fastest-growing hockey locations in the United States.

2. Bobby Orr

Having played only 10 seasons at the NHL, Orr dominated his time by perfecting the skills and art of an attacking defender. Although Doug Harvey is a pioneer in creating the play style to help defenders shine, it is Orr who takes that philosophy to a whole new level.

Thanks to his fast and strong strides, Orr can slip around the team, he often moves around the field during competition. He is the gold standard for defender position with scoring records and effective attack support. In addition, Orr’s influence goes beyond the ice rink when he leads the players against the dishonesty of the Alan Eagleson player management business.

3. Mario Lemieux

Mario Lemieux scored 282 points in 70 games in his final season for Laval Voisins. He was close to the 200-point milestone in the 1988-1989 season with 85 goals and 114 assists. His career was interrupted for three seasons due to health reasons. Lemieux will always be remembered as one of the greatest players on the ice. In addition, the Mario Lemieux Foundation, which supports cancer research, has made his name known and remembered with respect.

4. Gordie Howe

Howe is the player who scored more than 800 goals in NHL history. He also set an impressive record in the explosion of attacking play in the 1980s and in the period when defenders were allowed to defend harshly against offensive players.

With six MVP titles in a decade, Howe truly dominates his time. His career continued from the end of World War II to the middle of the Cold War with 32 professional playing seasons at the NHL and the World Hockey Association.

5. Jaromir Jagr

Jaromir Jagr owns five scoring goals, three Lester Pearson titles (now Ted Lindsay) and one Hart title, he won all the individual awards of a hockey player.

With great strength, physique and skill, Jaromir Jagr will easily achieve a record of more than 800 goals in his career if he does not have to play for three years. At 43, he remains an effective player and is most sought after by the NHL teams.