Swedish Intimidation Tactics Include Smashing Russian Nesting Dolls (Video)

swedish intimidation tacticsUnless you’re from Canada, you probably had no idea that the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship is taking place right now in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta.  While a heartbreaking defeat in the semi-finals has the host Canadians playing Finland for the bronze medal this afternoon, tonight’s gold medal game will feature an interesting match-up between Russia (who beat the Canadians in the semis) and Sweden.

Beating the Canadians alone is all the intimidation that the Russians need heading into the final game.  As for the Swedes, they were looking to do some intimidating of their own…

Break out the Russian nesting dolls!!!

Swedish defenseman Patrick Nemeth was convinced by some members of the Swedish media to smash a few Russian nesting dolls for the camera prior to the gold medal game; an act that did not sit too well with their coach, Roger Ronnberg:

“It’s nothing I told him to do, for sure. It must be some of you guys fooling him to do it.  It’s not good.  I think we should be humble here, and just focus on ourselves and have big respect for the Russians because they are a really good hockey team.”

Ronnberg may not be pleased with the act at the moment, but if Nemeth can come out and smash some Russian hockey players on the ice tonight, I’m sure his coach will allow him to smash as many Russian nesting dolls as he pleases after the game.

Check it out.

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