Žoltoks hopes for medal

Majority of the teams paricipating at the World Hockey Championship have in their rosters players from the NHL. Latvian team is not an exception, their roster was boosted up beside Arturs Irbe also by Sergej Zoltoks.


Sergei, how is this 2004 IIHF World Championship important to you?

It is a very important tournament for me. Also, it is the biggest tournament for my country.


How well will the Latvia team play this year?

I’m hopping that we reach the medal stands!


Is it easy or difficult  to make the transition from the NHL to European style hockey?

It takes 2-3 days to get use to the hockey ring. In the European style, the face-offs take place much faster. The skill and speed level of the European style, requires one to recognized and respond at a quicker pace.  The speed of the game also comes into play as there are fewer commercials in the European style hockey. Overall, the game is in very high speed.
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