Did my love for hockey start there? I don’t think so, because my true love is national team of Latvia. It’s hard to remember when I saw the first game, because a lot of them were recorded on VHS and I could watch those games over and over again. I remember two of recorded games, one was in 1997 World Championship against team USA, game ended 4:5, but Latvia was leading 4:1 for some time, and the other game was against France 6:2. Aleksandrs Kerčs, Aleksandrs Beļavskis, Sergejs Žoltoks, Artūrs Irbe, just how can you not love hockey?
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The annual IIHF World Championship is one of the most anticipated events in Latvia, the spring madness. The first World Championship from which I have seen all the games is 2000 World Championship in Russia. That World Championship became legendary for more than one reason – Latvia not only qualified for playoffs for the first time, but also won against Russia 3:2 and Aleksandrs Beļavskis scored the most amazing goal in the history of mankind, no one can beat that ever.
It seems, that I come just in time, because Latvia has played 399 games since 1992 (till the end of 2014), in this time span, Latvia has won 200 games, lost in 172 games and tied in 28 games. Latvians have scored 1 403 times and allowed 1 082 goals. The 200th win was against Denmark in 6th November 2014, game ended 4:1. For full game results and statistics see related post - All game results of Latvia men's national ice hockey team since 1992.
National team of Latvia is my favorite team. Of course, there have been ups and downs, but there also were a lot of unforgettable moments and I’m proud that I was a part of that. This was a brief story about my passion for hockey, of course this story could be longer or could be better, but writing a book isn’t in my plans.