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Old 09-10-2008, 12:22 AM   #1
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The Most Goals Scored Ever in a Hockey game and it happened a few nights ago!

In the NHL we have all seen some pretty humiliating scores like the Red Wings destroying the Avalanche in game four of the semifinals or the North American vs World All star game or a shutout that just destroys the spirit of ones team. Well if your the womens Bulgarian ice hockey team it doensn't get any worse than this...

So at what point during an 82-0 loss in a women's ice hockey game do you turn to your buddy and say, "C'mon, finish your popcorn and let's beat the traffic?"

Because Slovakia led Bulgaria 31-0 after the first period (.pdf) of their 2010 Winter Olympics women's ice hockey qualifier over the weekend in the Latvian town of Liepaja. After two periods, they led 55-0. If you're Bulgarian and still in the arena during the third period, chances are you're either one of the players or someone who also refuses to leave the worst movie ever made because you paid "good money" for the ticket.

The 82-0 defeat capped what may have been the most pathetic tournament appearance in international hockey history.

Bulgaria lost to Italy (41-0) and Latvia (39-0), and it followed its 82-0 loss with a 30-1 defeat to Croatia (who obviously must address its defensive shortcomings before Vancouver in 2010). In total, Bulgaria's women's ice hockey team surrendered more goals in four games (192) than the Detroit Red Wings did in 82 games last season (184).

Our friend James Mirtle had the best wrap-up of the 82-0 carnage:

Down 77-0 with three minutes to go, Bulgaria put in its backup goaltender, who promptly let in another five goals on five shots in just 1:25 of playing time. The game's final shots on goal were 139-0. Slovakia had 12 players record hat tricks, including one 10-goal scorer, one nine-goal scorer and four others with eight.

Mirtle also points to this story from a Bulgarian media outlet that actually stands up for the women's team and takes the government to task:


The embarrassment, however, ought to be directed towards the Bulgarian Government rather than the ladies. With a population of 7.4 million, only three indoor ice rings in the country and only 37 registered female players, Bulgaria could have hardly hoped for a successful run in the competition, although this ruthless and systematic destruction was nothing short of a national embarrassment.

While some believed the 82-0 defeat could have been the worst loss in ice hockey history, Eric McErlain of FanHouse writes that it's not even the worst loss in women's hockey history -- that would be a 1998 game in which South Korea barely survived a scare against Thailand, 92-0. Still, Bulgaria's 82-0 defeat set an IIHF record.

The chair of the Bulgarian Hockey Federation is calling Slovakia's 82-goal win "a kind-of an insulting mockery" that's "not at all sportsmanlike." We're counting down the moments until he lashes out at the glib reaction of the international sports media, which refuses to acknowledge goalie Liubomira Shosheva's amazing 57-save performance. Considering, you know, she faced 134 shots in 56 minutes.
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Old 09-10-2008, 01:01 AM   #2
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Let's just see how good they are when they encounter the Canadian Women's Hockey Team!
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:27 PM   #3
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I don't care for Hockey much...
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Old 09-11-2008, 01:53 AM   #4
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Hockey, while being an extremely entertaining sports form, has sadly wide marginals what comes to competition on international level. It's technically only six countries (Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Rep. and USA) that can truly ever consider taking home a major tournament while in soccer for example there're good 30+ countries who could do it on a good day.

Women's hockey is even more widely marginated, as only TWO teams (Canada and USA) have this far been able to pull it off. Of course, women have only played hockey professionally for roughly a decade so no wonder there're still only so little powerhouses. I think however that Sweden and Finland are gaining as they've been the most consistent two teams to compete for the leftover medals and the we don't see that much blowouts either any more.

Luckily there're more countries who're up and coming. Slovakia has been in the races for men's for a good decade and Germany and Switzerland are also taking the necessary steps. All in all, here's hoping.
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Old 09-11-2008, 04:55 PM   #5
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I still don't care for it...lol

But I like playing soccer on a hockey Rink...ever tried it?

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Old 09-24-2008, 02:49 PM   #6
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i'm not much of a hockey fan.
that goalie must have sucked
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:17 PM   #7
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Wow! Didn't know Bulgaria had a hockey team?
Well with that score I guess they don't.

I can see the ref in that game already " First one to 100 wins".
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Old 09-25-2008, 12:37 AM   #8
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Wow! Didn't know Bulgaria had a hockey team?
The IIHF has 66 member associations (still nothing compared to FIFA, which has 208 members, more than the UN). Many oddball countries you wouldn't exactly identify with hockey like Australia, Namibia, India, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and even friggin' Singapore have a national hockey team.

Alas, those teams just aren't very good. The sad truth is that there're less than 10 countries that are able to truly compete on top level on the international stage.

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