the most powerful WC start in the history of the Latvian national team – Hockey – Sportacentrs.com

the most powerful WC start in the history of the Latvian national team – Hockey – Sportacentrs.com
the most powerful WC start in the history of the Latvian national team – Hockey – Sportacentrs.com
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Although mostly the Latvian hockey team after the first weekend of the WC is marked with a four in the points obtained column, at the same time calling for happiness that they would have liked a six in the matches against Poland and France, another number “4” should also be noted, namely the average performance of the Latvian national team in the opening of the WC . Eight goals have been scored in two matches, and this is a luxury that is not an everyday thing for the Latvian national team. It is only the third time in the elite division that Latvia has managed such a successful introduction to the championship – more goals were scored only in the distant 1999 World Cup (3:5 against Switzerland and 8:5 against France), but there were also eight goals in the first two games in 1997. (4:5 against USA and Italy).

At the beginning of WC2024, four players in the Latvian national team have already managed to collect at least two points (Daugaviņš, Ābols, Roberts Bukarts and Dzierkals), while 12 different players already have at least one point, or more than half of the field players. However, the captain of the team Kaspars Daugaviņš stands out, who already has five productivity points – three goals, two of them winning, and two assists.

Daugaviņš took care of the most successful introduction to the championship individually in the history of the Latvian national team. Until now, only Rudolfs Balcers managed to get five points in the first two games of the WC. He scored one goal and made four assists in the first games of the 2019 tournament against Austria (5:2) and Switzerland (1:3).

In general, before this tournament, the Latvian national team had only ten WCs in the elite division, in which the entire team reached Daugaviņš’s productivity level, that is, they scored at least five goals in the first two games. Several players have had three points each in the first two matches of the WC, for example, after the first two matches of the 1999 WC, as many as four players had three points – Aigars Tsipras, Leonid Tambiev, Aleksandrs Nizhivi and Andrej Matitsin.

And five points in the entire tournament is not an everyday occurrence for the Latvian national team – since entering the elite division, one player has had more than five points in one WC 36 times. The record holder since last year is Rihards Bukarts (11 points in 10 games), while Daugavins’ personal record is in the 2015 championship, when he had nine points (5+4) in seven games.

At the beginning of WC2024, Daugavins has also strengthened his position as the all-time leading player of the Latvian national team in the elite division, further and further away from the previous record holder and current national team coach Laura Dārziņa. Dārziņš has collected 40 points in 62 matches in the elite of the WC, Niživi has 39 points, while Daugavins is approaching a beautiful 50-point anniversary – he has 46 points (22+24) so ​​far. It should be noted that another representative of the 2024 national team is not far away – Miks Indrašis with 37 points is the fourth most productive WC player in the history of the Latvian national team.

After the first three days of WC2024, when all national teams have played two games each, Daugavins excels in the whole tournament as well. Only NHL stars Conor Bedards (Canada) and Roman Jozi (Switzerland) have collected the same number of points. Bedards has 4+1, therefore, due to more goals scored, he is currently in first place in the IIHF table, while Daugavins is second. On the other hand, Rodrigo Abols is tied for 14th place in the tournament with 2+1.

The Latvian national team’s most productive WC starts (goals in the first two games

Year Gate At the end of the WC
1999 11 goals 13th place
1997 8 goals 7th place
2024. 8 goals ???
2000 7 goals 8th place
2019 6 goals 10th place
2017 6 goals 10th place

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