In the wake of Slovakia’s much celebrated victory over Canada to go through to the semi-finals of the IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships, encouraged fans are scrambling to get tickets and flights to Finland so they can support the country’s hockey team.
Speaking to TASR newswire, one travel agents revealed that Slovaks are willing to pay as much as EUR 400-800 to get to the Finnish capital. In addition to regular flights to Helsinki from Vienna, Budapest, Prague and Krakow, a special one-off shuttle flight will head to the capital this Sunday from Bratislava on the day Slovakia play their semi-final duel against arch rivals, the Czech Republic.
President Ivan Gasparovic, who is an ardent follower of the national hockey team, will miss out this time, as his duty calls for him to attend the NATO summit in Chicago, and he will be in the air as the Slovak team play. The President was in the US also when Slovakia won the World Championships ten years ago. Prime Minister Robert Fico, on the other hand, is said to be considering making the journey to Helsinki to spur on the team, at least if they make the final.
I gave up at the end of the Final`s 2nd period ….someone let me know by how many your Russian masters finally thrashed you in the end ?
“At the meeting of the IIHF in Helsinky the president of Canadian ice-hockey federation mentioned the rumors about declaring independency of the eastern region of the Czech Republic – Moravia. All IIHF members got very disturbed and the president of IIHF was overheard signing: Then the bronz medal will be lost as well.”