When the NHL’s regular season ended in April, you may have heard talk of the World Championships. Every year, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) holds the Ice Hockey World Championships. This year, the 2012 IIHF World Championship began on May 4 and was held at arenas in Sweden and Finland.
The National Hockey League’s regular season concluded on April 7 and many players on teams not participating in the playoffs chose to join their respective countries for the World Championships. This continues throughout the playoffs as teams are eliminated and players choose to join their native countries in competition.
This worked out well for Team Russia, who won the Gold Medal on Sunday, May 20, defeating Slovakia, 6-2. After the Washington Capitals fell in game seven to the New York Rangers, Russian natives Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin joined the squad, and Semin went on to score two goals in the title game on Sunday.
To learn more about the International Ice Hockey Federation and Championships, check out the website.