IIHF Suspends Ralfs Freibergs For Two Years

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The Disciplinary Commission of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has finally announced its decision in the doping case concerning Latvian defenseman Ralfs Freibergs.  He has been suspended for two years.  With Freibergs indefinite suspension beginning last year, he will get credit for time served and as such is suspended until February 22, 2016. IIHF […] READ MORE


Tom Coolen returns to coach Latvian national team

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The Buffalo Sabres might not be playing playoff hockey this year, but their fans will have another reason to bond with Latvia as their national team could possibly have two Sabres on the team. While Zemgus Girgensons is a question mark, Tom Coolen will be working with the team as the assistant coach. Weeks ago, […] READ MORE


Dinamo Riga retires Sandis Ozolinsh #8

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Latvia has flipped another page on the huge book of Latvian hockey. Dinamo Riga held their season ending ceremony where they thanked one of the greatest Latvians of all time – Sandis Ozolinsh. After the team didn’t qualify for the playoffs, the team announced that they will honour their long time captain, as well as the […] READ MORE


Latvia: A Hockey Country

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Today, on November 18th, 2014, one of our most beloved hockey nations has reached a new level, not only in hockey, but in world history. The small European country is turning 96 years old, a great achievement, boasting a rich history and a bright future. Latvia is my country – my home, which is why we […] READ MORE


Euro Tournaments Create Problems for KHL Clubs and National Teams

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Due to changes in the 2014-2015 KHL calendar, it was pretty clear that there won’t be any breaks for the national tournaments. At first it seemed like a good idea, until KHL Chairman Alexander Medvedev announced that the KHL will not block players from heading to their national teams to compete and get ready for IIHF’s […] READ MORE


Dinamo Riga signs affilate contract with HK Liepaja.

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Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League has signed an affiliate contract with HK Liepaja, who is currently playing in the Latvian Championships. The signed contract between Dinamo Riga and HK Liepaja states that players with two-way contracts with Dinamo Riga can be sent over to HK Liepaja. Contracts term is one season. Juris Savickis, […] READ MORE


2014 NHL Draft Profile #63: Edgars Kulda

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Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2014 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for […] READ MORE


Heroic Performance by Latvian Goalie Gudlevskis Earns Him A Callup

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On Wednesday the world saw a relative unknown put in one of the best performances ever seen by a goaltender at the Olympic Games, as Latvian goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis turned away 55 of 57 Canadian shots and gave his team a chance for an upset against the defending Olympic Gold Medalists. The performance came in front […] READ MORE


Update: John Tavares Out For The Rest of the NHL Season

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The New York Islanders slim playoff hopes took a major hit today as it was revealed that their star centre, leading scorer, and captain John Tavares suffered MCL damage and a torn meniscus during Canada’s win over Latvia in Sochi.  He will miss the remainder of the NHL season. Tavares was injured when he was […] READ MORE