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Finland Day 3 – WJC Begins

The World Junior Championships began on Saturday, December 26 here in Helsinki. We took in the Group A games at Helsinki Ice Hall, while Group B got started in Hartwall Arena. Game 1 Game 1 saw the Russians beat the Czechs in a shootout in Group B at Hartwall Arena. Game 2 Game 2 featured

Finland Day 2 – Merry Christmas

Day two in Helsinki has been a wonderful Christmas! We started by sleeping in to adjust to the time change, then enjoyed a relaxing day around the house. Not staying in a hotel was a brilliant decision, I have to say. The apartment had a few decorations left by the owner and we added a

Finland – Day 1

Time to say goodnight and wait for Santa Claus to come. It was a great first day in Helsinki! Flights went well, however upon getting into the Keflavik, Iceland airport we discovered our flight from there to Finalnd was mostly full of Canadian fans! We all kept our composure and the Christmas spirit and travelled

You must be dreaming

Here is an update to this post that I wanted to get in before 2015 is out. I wrote the below to The Hockey News also and received a reply from their Senior Editor. He agreed with the assessment below and stated that it was an oversight on their part. Somehow Mike Ramsey slipped through

Kiitos, Finns!

That means thank you! This week the last of the tickets for the World Junior Championship in Finland arrived. This was a European adventure in itself: from first going through the entire online process only to be repeatedly denied (you have to pick each game separately because they are not selling any packages, there is

Online Assist

There is now a menu with links to other hockey sites and leagues on gilbertportland.com Check it out on the right side below the Tweets. If you want to find European teams, click on Champions Hockey League and then click on Clubs on their site, it will bring up a nice menu of almost all the

September faceoffs

Hockey is getting going and leagues are moving from camp to regular season games. The QMJHL gets underway TODAY. You will have to wait 2 more weeks for the OHL & WHL to start playing for real. However the fight for the #1 and 2 picks in the 2016 NHL draft may go on exclusively

World of Wonder

So the next World Cup of Hockey is about a year away. Personally I am excited about this due to the format changes that have been made. Some complain that it will never be more than an exhibition, but that is all it ever was anyway. Just because we had a Cold War lens to

Plante Ponderings

Yesterday I retweeted an @IIHFHockey story on Derek Plante coaching Team USA in the @HlinkaMemorial tournament. Today I wanted to recount some Plante memories because he is one of those guys that was not a Sabre for that long, but gave us some vivid moments in the mid-1990’s. First his rookie season where he propped

Finland Bound

This is the first post on the Gilbert Portland hockey blog and it is a big one. To celebrate a milestone birthday this year I will be traveling to Helsinki, Finland for the entire 2016 World Junior Championship. It will be awesome to experience some European culture, see a great tournament, and watch some 2016