Ice hockey fans are some of the most passionate in sport and this is true for the fans of Latvian ice hockey. Based in the Baltic region of Northern Europe Latvians have a deep love of the game and are sure to create a boisterous and rousing atmosphere. A great event for all sports fans, be sure to join in the fun and get your Latvia ice hockey tickets on StubHub.
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Latvia ice hockey background
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Ice hockey has a long history in Latvia with the first international match played against Lithuania in 1932. Locals view ice hockey as the most popular sport in Latvia with the country producing many players, most of which have played for Kontinental Hockey League side Dinamo Riga. The nation has also produced famous hockey stars like Helmut Balderis, Art?rs Irbe, Sandis Ozoli?š and Zemgus Girgensons.
Girgensons made his way to the vaunted heights of the NHL when the centre scored 14th position in the 2012 NHL Draft. His union with the Buffalo Sabres propelled Girgensons to new found fame as he became the highest-drafted Latvian in NHL history and set him on track to follow in the footsteps of fellow NHL star Sandis Ozoli?š. Latvians are immensely proud of Girgensons' ascent to the NHL and fans of the men's national team are always sure to cheer him on whenever he pulls on the red and white jersey.
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Latvia ice hockey highlights
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Latvia have consistently maintained a position around the top ten of the IIHF World Rankings, with regular showings at the World Championships helping to solidify their placing. Despite this consistency, Latvia have often fallen to members of the traditional 'big six' of world ice hockey with 7th place finishes at the 2003 Games in Finland and the 2009 Games in Switzerland standing out as highlights.
The 2006 tournament in Riga provided the national side with the opportunity to impress in front of home fans, a draw with the Czech Republic and a thumping 5-1 win over Slovenia had the nation rocking. Unfortunately, the dream was not to be as a heavy defeat at the hands of Canada ended hopes of success in front of home supporters. Fans of the national team remain upbeat and create a wonderful atmosphere all ice hockey fans can appreciate. Take your opportunity to experience it all live and get your Latvia ice hockey tickets on StubHub.