Birkebein

Primarily for winter-sports. Things related to NHL, european Hockey and Cross Country Skiing.

me-and-my-football:

Martin Odegaard is really a talented boy. I am looking forward to see what we will see from him in the future.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rAUls8rEYs

This isn’t turning into a football blog anytime soon. But this 15 year old debuts on the Norwegian team tonight, and that’s kind of fun.

chunkletskhl:

Opponents?  What opponents?  Vladimir Tkachyov does a cruel thing to the QMJHL team at the 2013 Subway Super series. (Source - a nice article by Lowetide about Tkachyov and his upcoming appearance at the Edmonton Oilers’ training camp)

Henrik & Daniel proving that they have some creepy twin telepathy shit going on (x)

(Source: sedintwins, via lileflottante)

The actual clip of Vincent Praplan’s fantastic goal against HV71 in the Champions Hockey League. The Swedish commentators dig this goal so much they don’t really seem to mind that the Kloten Flyers scored.

Man, just got home and I see all over that Stavanger Oilers beat HC Trinec yesterday! Never would have thought. It seems agreed upon in Norwegian media that this is the most important win ever for a Norwegian club team, a win that justifies Norwegian participation in the CHL even. Keep it up Stavanger.

They might have an extra home advantage as well. I mean, their DNB Arena is built with a smaller rink, North American measures. Will be interesting to see if it has an impact. 

fresh-prince-of-briere:

unbelievable goal from the CHL (Champions Hockey League) playoffs by Vincent Praplan. sorry for no audio, credit to user TheMightySwede on Reddit.

First day of the CHL Europe

hockey-in-europe:

birkebein:

hockey-in-europe:

birkebein:

Tappara vs. Stavanger Oilers 1-3 after the first period. Never would have guessed! There’s no doubt Tappara is the better team here, but with a slightly sloppy defense and a bizarrely efficient Oilers team, weird things can happen.

Good for you! Vitkovice leads 2:1 against Ingolstadt as well.

Tappara vs. Stavanger Oilers 5-3 now, so things are more back to normal! And in that respect you’re an Ingolstadt fan or? 

Not after today. :D Nah I barely know the German league. But I was expecting the defending champions to do a bit better against a middle of the league Czech team. End result 5:1.

Not going to claim I know much about the German league either. There are a couple of Norwegian players there I suppose. Ken Andre Olimb for instance. Any way, sorry for your loss! Stavanger lost 7-3, so Tappara really got their act together. Now hoping Vålerenga can keep things under control against Zurich. 1-1 after the first period is great really. 

First day of the CHL Europe

hockey-in-europe:

birkebein:

Tappara vs. Stavanger Oilers 1-3 after the first period. Never would have guessed! There’s no doubt Tappara is the better team here, but with a slightly sloppy defense and a bizarrely efficient Oilers team, weird things can happen.

Good for you! Vitkovice leads 2:1 against Ingolstadt as well.

Tappara vs. Stavanger Oilers 5-3 now, so things are more back to normal! And in that respect you’re an Ingolstadt fan or? 

Tappara vs. Stavanger Oilers 1-3 after the first period. Never would have guessed! There’s no doubt Tappara is the better team here, but with a slightly sloppy defense and a bizarrely efficient Oilers team, weird things can happen.

Looking forward to Champions Hockey League today!

Glad to see that the Norwegian TV2 are taking this seriously, and will give it good coverage. My predictions for Vålerenga and Stavanger Oilers today are perhaps not too optimistic. Stavanger though, on a good day, can give Tappara Tampere some resistance. They proved last year by winning the Continental Cup (which admittedly isn’t on level with the best teams in the CHL) that they aren’t too worried by playing international opponents. They’ve got a great coach who can make all the difference. And they’ve just recently played three matches against Austrian teams, where they beat Graz 99ers, only just lost to Vienna Capitals in overtime before they lost to Red Bull Salzburg. But point being, they have match training.

With Vålerenga, I’m afraid they’re going to lose quite clearly. They’ve hardly got match training, they’re missing players due to injuries and sales, and haven’t got enough players quite frankly to go the full distance. Hope they prove me otherwise.