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One of the biggest differences among many between the KHL and the other European leagues is that when a player is just a bit above everyone else, it so crystal-clear obvious in Finland, Sweden or […]
Arto Palovaara wrote a new post, The Olympic hockey drops dead if the KHL withdraws, on the site Sports Rants 1 week, 6 days ago
Those who remember the hockey tournaments in the Olympics before 1998 know that they were what they were, not the best hockey but far from the worst.
At least, it was something you could watch without wanting […]
Arto Palovaara wrote a new post, The #metoo campaign is the best healthy cure for a rotten world, on the site Sports Rants 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Human evolution is not all about the technical development we have experienced since the early 18th century when the industrialization expanded.
It is certainly also about our inner development, how we think, […]
Arto Palovaara wrote a new post, Jokerit, a true contender to the title this season?, on the site Sports Rants 1 month ago
Let’s throwback to the last season and see what we had when we watched Jokerit’s 3rd season in the KHL after a quite successful first two.
Basically, nothing worked on the ice, not the scoring, not the pow […]
Arto Palovaara wrote a new post, Drunk or sober during a championship, how to know and trust?, on the site Sports Rants 1 month, 1 week ago
Most of you have heard or maybe even know more deeply about hockey players who have been partying before and after the games so much that they could hardly manage themselves. Or have been trashing hotels, […]
Arto Palovaara wrote a new post, Is the record-breaking SKA St. Petersburg totally unstoppable?, on the site Sports Rants 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Last season it was far from certain that SKA would win the Gagarin, as they had a so-so start of the season, but they eventually got the machinery going.
They won therefore relatively easily the Gagarin final […]
There are always things we wish to be undone, perhaps sometimes even deeply regret, but most of us have the dignity to take the responsibility for our actions and not hide behind a pile of excuses.
Yes, it […]
All pro-hockey organizations have retired and hoisted jerseys of hockey players of significance to the rafters, for fans and media to remember what they have done for the club and for the game.
I think it is a […]
Arto Palovaara wrote a new post, EuroBasket 2017: thanks for the show, new generation, on the site Sports Rants 2 months ago
The shift of generations always comes at some point, but I didn’t expect that it would come right now and in the way it did.
I fell in love with all of the youngsters already in the group stage when the round r […]
Arto Palovaara wrote a new post, Decency by the KHL to not have a game on this particular day, on the site Sports Rants 2 months, 2 weeks ago
We have all heard the mantra “The show must go on, blah, blah, blah” after disastrous or at least tragic events. A very, very cynical person must have invented those words once upon a time.
However, I don […]
Arto Palovaara wrote a new post, What if a male player had to pay for playing in the Olympics?, on the site Sports Rants 2 months, 3 weeks ago
The male side of the game of hockey has been increasing at every level the last 30 years, not only in the NHL but also in the other leagues on the European side.
The game is financially growing thanks to good […]
Arto Palovaara wrote a new post, Will hockey in Finland survive as the country will?, on the site Sports Rants 2 months, 4 weeks ago
Finland is celebrating 100 years this year as an independent country, which makes for a lot of events during the year in Finland and the diaspora.
The actual day when the declaration of independence was […]
As usual, it has been a quite busy silly season this summer before all starts for real. We’ve seen some exclusive trades or sign-ups: for example, Kirill Kaprizov, the Russian kid of wonder, signed for CSKA M […]
This is the time of the year, at least for me, to sum up, the season of 2016-17. I know, the Stanley Cup is still ongoing, as we have reached the finals between Nashville and Pittsburgh.
I have followed myself […]
Arto Palovaara wrote a new post, IIHF Worlds: Au revoir Paris, Auf Wiedersehen Köln , on the site Sports Rants 6 months ago
The IIHF worlds are over for this year, therefore I wave my hand and say Au Revoir Paris and Auf Wiedersehen Köln.
Quite a mediocre tournament when we look at the whole picture, despite some shining highlights […]
Well, I might have to take back some things I said about Finland two weeks ago, about how there wouldn’t be any greater hype.
There is actually a big hype around the team even this year, albeit modified and n […]
A lot can be said about the organization of the IIHF, the International Ice Hockey Federation, and it has been said as well over the years.
But the main tournament, the flagship of the whole association, the […]
While the Stanley Cup is still ongoing, the European club hockey season is over and waiting for the last bit of the season.
The coming week all the participating countries go through the final preparations […]
Sometimes I really believe that we all are watching a giant sandbox where people who should be adult enough won’t or can’t come to a satisfying agreement on how things should be.
The big babies are fighting ove […]
Arto Palovaara wrote a new post, SKA St. Petersburg are back at it as Gagarin champions of 2017, on the site Sports Rants 7 months, 1 week ago
At this time of the year, that emptiness strikes one again after a long season has ended. Some compare this feeling with being a balloon that let out all the air, some compare the feeling with something else.
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