Marián Hossa, sidelined for the entire 2017-18 NHL season due to a skin disorder, confirmed today to a Slovakian newspaper that his hockey career was over, and he will formally retire once his current contract expires in 2020.
The finish of the international hockey calendar is set to begin on May 4 in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark, with the top sixteen hockey countries in the world meeting to compete at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
For just the second time in history, the same nation has captured both the Euro Hockey Tour and Euro Hockey Challenge titles, with Finland today eking out Sweden to lock up the 2017-18 Tour, becoming the second team after Czechia in 2012 to achieve the double.
In an international hockey world that seldom sees new nations emerge to contend for the International Hockey Lineal Championship, Slovakia’s IHLC win over Latvia today confirmed their next opponent will be the Korea Republic (South Korea), making the Koreans the first new team in 15 years to contend for the IHLC.
02:50 – PEN – Jevpalovs, hooking
07:02 – PEN – Hovorka, boarding
07:48 – PEN – Bondra, high sticking
14:13 – GOAL – Bakoš (Miklík, Hovorka)
16:37 – PEN – Ševčenko, interference
17:42 – PEN – Balinskis, high sticking
18:43 – PP GOAL – Miklík (Kudrna, Čajkovský)