My World Junior Diary – Day 08 – The Return Of The Upgrade

I figured out why I’ve been upgraded three times now (more on the third one later). My seat up in the 300 section is the opposite side to the TV camera’s, so they’re moving a bunch of people down so theres more people in the seats the cameras show and then the arena doesn’t look as empty as it has been.

But anyway, my last full day started as normal, woke up, shower, grabbed breakfast then come back to the room to write the latest blog entry before heading out.

With the Quarter-Finals of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship getting underway, the penultimate game in Toronto’s Air Canada Centre was the early game of the day, starting a 1pm. So I left my hotel around 11:40 for the 20 minute walk down to watch the Russians take on Denmark. I thought if I got there early enough I’d have a greater chance at my seat being upgraded but this game was actually pretty well sold so I stayed up in the 300s.

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My World Junior Diary – Day 06 – Upgraded again

Day six started in the usual way, I woke up way earlier than I wanted to, watched Sportscentre and grabbed a bite to eat before coming back to my room to write the previous days blog.

So after I uploaded yesterdays entry I looked at my City Pass ticket to find out what I haven’t done that is near to my hotel, so yesterday morning was spent in the Royal Ontario Museum.

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My World Junior Diary – Day 04 – Cold War Kids

DISCLAIMER – THIS ENTRY IS NOT ABOUT THE BAND COLD WAR KIDS, YOU’LL UNDERSTAND THE TITLE IF YOU KEEP READING
So I decided to treat myself to a lie in this morning, so I didn’t get up until about 10am, have a shower and just relax for the rest of the morning.

What I did forget to do was put the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door, I don’t think she really expected to walk in to a room with a guy watching sportscentre in a towel, but by her reaction she may as well have walked in on me watching a very different kind of show.

I made sure I left my hotel with my hood up just in case she saw me again.

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VIDEO: World Cup of Hockey Finals Preview

In today’s edition of Across The Pond, I give a quick update on the World Cup of Hockey as the best of three final series is about to get under way, and I say who I think will win between Canada and Europe.

If you’re enjoying the series please give the video a like and subscribe to the channel, I have quite a few ideas for the upcoming NHL season and would love to have as many of you as possible along for the ride.

Thank you,

Ollie.

VIDEO: World Cup of Hockey – Group Stage Recap and Semi-Final Preview

I decided to head back to YouTube for my latest post to recap the teams that have crashed out of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, and talk about the semi-finals and who I think will be the last two teams standing.

If you like this video check out my channel to view even more content and subscribe to see what I release next.

I’ll be back on Monday to talk more about the finals and then I’ll continue to upload through the NHL season where I’ll discuss a range of topics covering all 30 NHL teams.

Ollie.

World Cup Day Six Review – Russia Advance, North America Exit.

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From eight teams down to four, with the round robin format of the World Cup of Hockey completed, we now know who will be in the running when the semi-finals get underway on Saturday night.

Last night, Russia had the chance to knock out North America with a win in any fashion over Finland while in the later game, the Czechs and Americans had nothing but pride to play for with both of them already out of the competition.

First on the bill was the Russians and the Finns, Finland were already out of the running but Russia were behind North America after they beat Sweden on Wednesday night, after the Russians beat the kids of North America in their round robin match up, all they needed was a win in any fashion to advance through to the next round.

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World Cup Day Five Review – Canada Clinch Group A

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We’re almost at the end of the round robin format of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and now we’re waiting to see who the last teams the qualify for the semi-finals are.

Canada clinched Group A last night while Team North America kept their hopes alive with a big win against the Swedes who are now already through to the semis.

It’s now a race between North America and Russia to see who goes up through and who goes home.

Last night there were two more games and first on the bill was North America against Sweden.

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World Cup Day Four Review – USA Crash Out

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Four days into the World Cup of Hockey and we have our first official casualty. Team Finland are on the brink of an exit but after a second loss Team USA is officially out of the tournament after losses to Europe and Team Canada.

Before we talk about the US loss, let’s talk about the early game between Scandinavian
rivals Sweden and Finland.

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World Cup Day Three Review

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We’re three days into the World Cup of Hockey 2016 and so far, it has been pretty exciting and proving doubters (like myself) wrong. They players obviously want to be there and compete, the standard is as high as it should be and the games are as exciting and fiercely contested as any fan would hope for.

With all eight teams playing their first games, Monday night saw day three of the competition mix it up with one game from Group A and the other from Group B.

First on the billing saw the Czech Republic take on Team Europe. The Czechs were brushed aside in their opening game against Canada, losing 6 – 0 while Europe shocked the US with a 4 – 1 victory on Saturday night.

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World Cup Day Two Review

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Group B of the World Cup of Hockey got underway last night with Russia taking on Sweden and the kids of North America facing off against a strong team from Finland.

First on the bill was the Russians and the Swedes, a matchup that on paper looked like it’d be a close contest and that’s exactly the way it went.

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