After failing during the 2013–14 Euro Hockey Tour campaign, the Swedish national team began the year off well with a tournament championship at the Karjala Cup.

Despite being one of the top teams consistently at international tournaments over the past few years, Sweden has struggled at the Euro Hockey Tour the past few years. The team has failed to grab a medal five times since 2007–08, and haven’t won a gold in the four team, four tournament event since 1998-1999.

That wasn’t the case in the Karjala Cup, the first tournament event of the year. Hosted in Finland every year, the home town team managed to win the overall Euro Hockey Tour title after an impressive performance across the board. Finland struggled in the final game of the tournament this weekend, with the Tre Kronor escaping with a 3-0 victory. Had Finland won the game, they would have actually been crowned the champions of the event, but a 39-save performance from Henrik Karlsson and the tournament leading fifth point from Linus Klasen secured the gold.

In the bronze medal game, Russia’s 4-2 victory over the Czech Republic was the only win they grabbed during three game tournament to take third place. Russia wasn’t short on offense, however, recording ten goals in three games due to the added offense from Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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