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World Cup of Hockey Preview 0

World Cup of Hockey Preview

Hockey fans will see their favorite players return to the ice a little earlier than usual this year. On September 17th, the puck is slated to drop in Toronto for the newest edition of the World Cup of Hockey an international tournament which includes some of the premier stars of the NHL. The history of this tournament is convoluted it s the spiritual successor of the Canada Cup tournament of the 1980s and early 90s, and was played twice between 1996 and 2004. However, the tournament has been on hiatus since 2004, which may have something to do with the fact that the Winter Olympics have become the greatest international stage on which NHL players can go head-to-head in their national colors. There is rampant speculation that the return of the World Cup, organized by the National Hockey League with minimal input from the International Ice Hockey Federation or International Olympic Committee, represents the end of NHL presence at the Winter Olympics. All politicking aside, the WCH is shaping up to be a fascinating tournament, with established powerhouses, confusing omissions, and intriguing wild-card teams. [1] At face value, it s difficult to come up with a scenario in which Canada struggles to get to the tournament s championship game. The roster from north of the border is chock-full of NHL superstars such as Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Toews, and, of course, Sidney Crosby. Even Canada s weakest line of Matt Duchene, Joe Thornton, and Claude Giroux includes one of the game s most exciting young stars, a proven veteran who overcame several personal demons by reaching the Stanley Cup Final this past spring, and the star of this delightful francophone Pepsi commercial. That being said, where Canada truly shines is on defense. No commodity is hotter in the hockey world right now than blue-chip defenders who skate for 30 minutes or more per game, organize plays to create scoring chances, and improve a team s all-important puck possession . Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Alex Pietrangelo, and Shea Weber would be any NHL team s number 1 defender (That being said, it s a disgrace that P.K. Subban, a stellar defender and the NHL s reigning King of Style was left off the Canadian roster). It s safe to say Canada has an embarrassment of riches and is well-positioned to succeed in the WCH. [2] [3] [4] [5] However, hopes for a victory par(eh)de could be doused if the Canadians encounter an almost-unbeatable goalie on the other end of the ice. Latvia gave Canada quite a scare in the 2014 Olympics by relying almost entirely on the puck-stopping ability of Kristers Gudlevskis, and it s not inconceivable that Canada could find themselves in this situation this year. One of the prime candidates to stymie Canada with a goaltender playing out of his mind would seem to be Finland Tukka Rask and Pekka Rinne have been two of the NHL s premiere netminders year-in-year-out (Rinne s weak 2015-16 notwithstanding). If one of these two goalies can neutralize Canada s firepower (and bear in mind the New York Times has described excellence in goaltending as reflective of the soul of Finland ), the Finnish offense, which includes Jussi Jokinen, Patrik Laine, and Joonas Donskoi could give Canada (or any team for that matter) all kinds of trouble. [6] [7] [8] Finland s Scandinavian neighbor Sweden is a perennial hockey powerhouse, and this year is no exception. Goaltending is perhaps a little weaker than usual for the Tre Kronor, as an aging Henrik Lundqvist can no longer be counted on to be top-notch every night. That being said, Sweden s defense is certainly intimidating, with proven stars such as Viktor Hedman and Erik Karlsson, who has indicated that after multiple stellar campaigns in the NHL, he s itching to help his country win on the world stage. [9] Russia has developed a reputation as an underachieving team in recent years, with disappointing early exits from the Olympic tournaments in Sochi and Vancouver. Vladimir Putin s boys have awe-inspiring firepower up front the first line combination of Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, and Vladimir Tarasenko is second to none in the tournament. The Russian side also features some relative newcomers such as Nikita Kucherov and Evgeny Kuznetsov, who ve had breakout seasons in the NHL in recent years. For American and Canadian fans, the WCH is probably one of the last opportunities to see Pavel Datsyuk play on North American soil the veteran sniper left the Detroit Red Wings for the Kontinental Hockey League at the end of last season. Russia s defense, however, is quite unexceptional; goalies Semyon Varlamov, Sergei Bobrovsky, or Andrei Vasilevskiy will have to bring their a-games, or we could be saying do svidaniya to Russia after only a few games. The Czech Republic definitely doesn t have the star power of other teams in the tournament, but they do have the greatest of all time. All jokes about journeyman defender Michal Jord n aside, the Czechs will be lucky to win a game at the World Cup. True, they have some decent forwards, such as Ondrej Palat, Jakub Voracek, and Michael Frolik, and Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek is coming off a strong 2015-16 NHL campaign. Fundamentally though, the Czechs are a team full of NHL has-beens and never-weres. The fact that Ondrej Pavalec, a very pedestrian NHL goalie, made this team speaks volumes about the Czech Republic they just don t have that much to work with, and may be overwhelmed in this tournament. Maybe they should have included NHL iron man Jaromir J gr this year, if only for the added entertainment value. [10] [11] [12] [13] Team Europe is intriguing the team is made up of players from Austria, Denmark, Germany, France, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland, and is making its international debut at the World Cup this year. Traditionally, the Slovaks have played second-fiddle to the Czechs in central Europe, and the other seven countries are international minnows by themselves. Together, however, these countries could be a real competitor in the WCH. The first line of Mari n G borik (Slovakia), An e Kopitar (Slovenia) and Mats Zuccarello (Norway) will give any team in the tournament problems, and there s decent depth on the other three lines. There are slimmer pickings on Europe s defense Roman Josi (Switzerland) is decent, and an aging Zdeno Ch ra (Slovakia) is always a threat, partially because of his sheer size , but beyond these two, the Europeans don t look to have much on the blue line. Goaltending is suspect for this team Jaroslav Hal k (Slovakia) has been known to keep his teams competitive in games against superior opponents in the past, but his best years are behind him. Still, if a handful of players overachieve, Europe is a viable dark-horse pick to succeed in the World Cup. [14] [15] Team North America is the other franken-team in the tournament, and, like Europe, could deliver a surprisingly good performance. It s made up of players from both the United States and Canada, all of whom must be under 23 years of age. Young and talented players have traditionally been left off of national teams in favor of more proven veterans consider Steven Stamkos absence from team Canada at the 2010 Olympics. In theory, the introduction of Team North America should rectify this issue, and allow fans to see some of the most talented young players in the world exhibit their skills on an international stage early in their careers. It would be easy to dismiss North America as a team that is too raw and inexperienced to compete in the tournament. However, forwards Nathan MacKinnon (Canada) and Johnny Gaudreau (United States) are proven stars, goalie Matt Murray (Canada) just backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in the spring, and defenders Seth Jones (United States) and Aaron Ekblad (Canada) are integral parts of their teams bluelines. Furthermore, forwards Connor McDavid (Canada), Auston Matthews (United States), and Jack Eichel (United States) have each been hailed as the saviors of their respective NHL teams in coming years (McDavid in particular has been called the seventh coming of the Transcendent Canadian NHL Superstar , and looks to supersede Crosby himself in coming years). The North Americans annihilated a decent Europe team in a pre-tournament game this team is a legitimate, albeit inexperienced threat to win the entire tournament. The plan is for both the Canadian and American national anthems to be played before all of North America s games, but if they win the tournament, the Voice is of the opinion that Drake and Future s entire What A Time To Be Alive mixtape should be played, in the spirit of championships and cross-border cooperation. Last but certainly not least, the USA is sending a team to the tournament, and they look to be pretty good. Unfortunately, for the past few days, discussion of the American team has centered on head coach John Tortorella s draconian reaction to the Colin Kaepernick national anthem situation, which is at best an unnecessary distraction and at worst a profound misunderstanding of freedom of speech. Immature antics from Tortorella are nothing new the man seems to have a fixation on making himself the center of attention. In any case, the American team is not the best in the tournament at any position, but is remarkably well-rounded. The attack may not be as electrifying as Canada s or Russia s, but it includes proven players who can compete in the NHL, such as Zach Parise, Ryan Kesler, Patrick Kane (who is playing a new leadership role ), and, of course, national hero T.J. Oshie. The American defense can t be as dominant as Sweden s will be, but Ryan Suter, Dustin Byfuglien, and the other Jack Johnson are all part of a defensive corps that looks to be the third or fourth best in the entire tournament. In net, Cory Schneider, Jonathan Quick, and Ben Bishop have been at turns brilliant and exasperating in the NHL if these goalies play well, the depth and caliber of the American team should be enough to challenge anyone in the tournament, and perhaps make a run at winning the whole thing. The elephant in the room for the United States is undoubtedly the absence of Penguins winger Phil Kessel. Kessel has been called one of the most overrated players in the league, and casual fans have said he looks more like a tow truck driver than an NHL star, but most observers agreed that Kessel s stellar performance in Pittsburgh s championship run this spring invalidated many criticisms. Apparently this shift in perspective was lost on Tortorella and USA general manager Dean Lombardi. If the United States ends up losing in the WCH because of insufficient scoring, there ll be hell to pay. 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Selfies in Dachau – The World Weekly

‘ From a monument to history s worst horrors to a box on a tourist checklist, Sergei Loznitsa s documentary Austerlitz explores how concentration camps are experienced today, pointing to the question of how memory can be preserved. S eventy years later, the Holocaust continues to pose a challenge for filmmakers. Dramas like Son of Saul emerge with fresh formal experiments, while older works like Shoah endure as authoritative historical records. Sergei Loznitsa s disquieting new documentary Austerlitz, which premieres at the Venice International Film Festival, aims to show how the Nazi concentration camps are experienced today not by survivors or historians, but the tourists who visit them. The people who came to these places 40 years ago came with a different purpose than people now, Mr. Loznitsa said in a Skype conversation from Latvia, where he is shooting his next film. Now, people don t remember, and sometimes I think they don t even understand where they are and what the places are about. The cameras in Austerlitz observe crowds of visitors at the concentration camps of Dachau, north of Munich, Germany, and Sachsenhausen, just outside Berlin. Dressed in T-shirts with logos like Cool Story, Bro or Jurassic Park, they mill about the grounds and buildings, sometimes listening to guides describe how the mass killings took place. The images are filmed in black and white, the camera still and the general mood unnervingly indifferent, or distracted. NOTE Dachau initially detained political prisoners but later became an extermination camp for all those who were considered unfit for the new Germany, to include Jews, artists, intellectuals, the physically and mentally handicapped and homosexuals. Mr. Loznitsa describes the film as an effort to reckon with an existential crisis he felt on his first visit to Buchenwald. He was there doing side research for a project called Babi Yar about mass murders in World War II Ukraine. I realized, in front of the crematorium, that I was myself like a tourist, he said. And at the same time, I thought, How can I be? How can I stay there? It was like in a Kafka novel. I can t be in this place, Mr. Loznitsa continued. And my question is: How can we keep memory? Is it possible in general to share this memory? The burden of the past feels especially heavy in Austerlitz, as the camps are treated as just another stop on a sightseeing list. Mr. Loznitsa has never shied away from dwelling on the uncomfortable truths of history, or from finding new ways of expressing them. Born in Belarus, then part of the Soviet Union, he grew up in Ukraine and pursued a film career after first studying mathematics. His earlier documentaries Blockade and Revue used archival footage to portray the siege of Leningrad in World War II and daily life under Communism, respectively. He broke out at the Cannes International FIlm Festival in 2010 with the fiction feature My Joy, about a truck driver who takes a wrong turn into the dark side of Russian countryside. His follow-up, In the Fog, told a story of wartime collaboration, while another Cannes premiere, Maidan, returned him to documentary films with an on-the-ground view of the protests in the square of that name in Kiev, Ukraine, in late 2013 and early 2014. At last year s Venice festival, Mr. Loznitsa presented The Event, a found-footage chronicle of the fall of the Soviet Union as viewed in Leningrad. Austerlitz has its world premiere in this year s edition out of competition, before heading to the Toronto International Film Festival. As with his other nonfiction work, it shares a hands-off approach, without voice-over or commentary. Loznitsa s Austerlitz : the official trailer. [embedded content] I never use it. I think that cinema itself tells us much more than somebody who can comment, Mr. Loznitsa said of the technique. And sometimes it works. Boyish at 51, zipped up tight in a black vest, Mr. Loznitsa spoke after a long day of shooting his next film, A Gentle Creature, a story inspired by Dostoevsky, about a woman seeking justice for her incarcerated husband. Yet the filmmaker said the questions raised by Austerlitz have stayed with him. The concentration camps hold a special resonance for him because of his own ancestors experiences under the Soviet regime. I don t know the destiny of part of my relatives, because during the Second World War, some of them disappeared, he said. Austerlitz captures something of this feeling of absence over its 94 minutes. The mundane sights of tourists obscure the history of the camps, and scenes of crowds at ease today are a reminder that similar crowds were massacred there 70 years ago. Occasionally, a macabre echo occurs in the tour guides patter. ( This is not the last time you ll be able to eat, one assures her hungry listeners.) A still from the film: Tourists take a selfie in front of the camp s Arbeit Macht Frei sign, meaning work sets you free . New York Times/Imperativ Film The tourists are just looking at things like they are from another world, Mr. Loznitsa said. Ah, interesting. Like consumers. It s selling horror in small pieces. It looks like that, when you stay outside and just observe people. His techniques and expressive use of ambient audio align him with the observational cinema practiced by Frederick Wiseman, Chantal Akerman and others. He is modest about Austerlitz in relation to Holocaust classics such as Alain Resnais s Night and Fog, and cites a preference for Liliana Caviani s The Night Porter over Son of Saul. And of his own film s literary namesake the acclaimed 2001 novel by W.G. Sebald that centers on a man discovering his Jewish identity Mr. Loznitsa varied between calling his work an adaptation and a variation. But Austerlitz the film is perhaps above all a haunting meditation, in which the physical history of the camps battles with oblivion. In one sequence, visitor after visitor takes a selfie with the Arbeit Macht Frei sign on the camp s front gate. It means that Goebbels won, Mr. Loznitza said, with a certain resigned humor that ran through his comments. It is easy to be unnerved by the casual manner and lack of emotion of many visitors in the film, though others are shown in states of contemplation as they reckon with the camps. Yet he said that mere knowledge of the historical record is not sufficient. The sites shown in Austerlitz must be approached with a sense of reverence, rather than duty. I think it must be like a church, he said. If you want to pray for the souls of all the people who are in the ground in this place, then come. Nicolas Rapold New York Times 31 August 2016 – last edited 31 August 2016 Thank you! Your submission has been received! Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form