Friday, October 21, 2005


For the 178,673th time...SLOVENIA IS NOT SLOVAKIA!!

I know the Associated Press doesn't give flapjacks about hockey, and they hire the frat boys who can drink the most beer, but this is just stupid.

Ottawa Senators' Chris Neil, right, celebrates with teammate Andrej Meszaros, left, of Slovenia, after Neil scored during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night, Oct. 21, 2005, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

From now on, maybe I should just start referring to all Americans as Armenians.


Yea.. they keep crediting Peter Bondra from the Ukraine.

But we hockey fans know he's a citizen of Slovakia now.

Let's for a union against this:)
To be honest it always makes me smile and gives me the feeling North-American journalists are somewhat ignorant if it's about hockey outside North America.

Especially with the lock-out in place last year, mistakes were occurring on a daily basis. From playing in the European Elite league, to changing nationality within an article.

I understand it might be tough to keep up-to-date to everything, but when you write a publication I assume the least you can do for your readers is to do some research.

Below an old example I found.

'2. Franz Nielsen, LW, 87th 2002

The 21-year-old Swede is now playing for Timra IK of the Swedish Elite League'
' Nielsen is aiming to make history as the first Danish born player to make the NHL.'

See what I mean?
Slovaks very often refer to Canadians, as Americans. When you tell them why, they say "I was referring to the entire continent". It is still very annoying.
You better be careful Jes, you're gonna give Tom a run for his money in the grumpy department.
It doesn't sound like you are having the best of weeks there Jes... Do you find yourself actually suprised by any American/NA comments/thoughts or expect them as they roll on in? :)
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