Nigel Kirwan: World Championships - Diary 1
Yesterday we had an early skate. I spent most of the day trying to get the Swiss television people to get me a useable feed of the games I could use. What is a video coach supposed to do without video? What normally is a one-time request, and usually takes an hour at the max, took about six hours as I was passed around between people handing off responsibility to someone else. I did get the issue resolved for the start of the night’s exhibition game against Team Switzerland resulting in one very relieved video coach.
It was a sell out crowd of 7,500 people for the game against the home Swiss team. Only 36 hours after landing, icing only three lines (nine forwards), we took to the ice and jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on two goals by the Los Angeles Kings’ Dustin Brown. His second was scored shorthanded while facing a 5-on-3. Our fatigue started to show though as the Swiss got two in the second period to tie it.
Switzerland added two quick goals in the third and we didn’t have the gas to mount a comeback, eventually dropping the game 5-2.
Our first game of the tournament will be Saturday against Latvia.