The Latvian Ice Hockey Federation (LHF) has announced the installation of new rink boards at the Daugava Ice Hall. This strategic move is aimed at preparing the national team for the forthcoming Youth Olympic Games, scheduled to kickoff in mid-January in South Korea. The hockey tournament at the Youth Winter Olympics is set to feature an innovative three-on-three (3v3) format, played within a zone measuring 30 meters in length and 22 meters in width.
Fostering Development through Infrastructure
Roberts Plavejs, the Secretary-General of LHF, stated that the specialized hockey boards for 3v3 hockey are expected to provide a significant boost to the athletes in their training. Moreover, they are anticipated to contribute substantially to the broader development of the sport. The Latvian U-16 3v3 hockey team, spearheaded by Laura Darzina, has already commenced practicing on these regulation-sized rinks.
Celebrating Legacy and Expertise
The team's coaching staff boasts of the inclusion of former national team forward Janis Sprukts, who has represented the national team in 165 games. The expertise and experience brought in by Sprukts are likely to provide valuable insights and guidance to the young athletes in their journey towards the Youth Winter Olympic Games.
Challenging Competitions Ahead
At the Youth Winter Olympic Games, the Latvian team is set to face stiff competition from teams hailing from Denmark, Austria, Poland, Kazakhstan, Great Britain, Spain, and Taiwan. The 3v3 hockey tournament is slated to take place from January 18 to 25, with teams allowed to register 11 field players and two goalkeepers.