The last build indoor ice rink in Latvia was opened on the 30th May, 2008 in a small village of Ozolnieki. Afterwards the economical crisis struck hard and there wasn't any new finished projects until now. After eight year break there are two ice rinks under construction and the third ice rink is waiting for a start of construction.
To celebrate the San Jose Sharks history properly, the duty of choosing the San Jose Sharks 25th Anniversary Team was handed to the fans. Over the course of several months, fans voted via twitter using the hashtag #Sharks25thTeam and online entry forms to determine the team that consists of six forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders. Only Arturs Irbe, one of the two Latvian great Sharks was voted in the 25th Sharks Anniversary Team. The San Jose Sharks is very special team not only for Arturs Irbe and Sandis Ozolinsh but for the most Latvian hockey fans.
While Latvian U20 national ice hockey team won gold medals in U20 Division 1 group A (D1A) World Championship and claimed World Champions of Division 1 group A title, meanwhile my second most favorite hockey nation Finland won real gold medals in a real IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.