Bodychecking a moose makes us want to watch 2012 IIHF World Championships (VIDEO)

Greg Wyshynski
May 4, 2012

The 2012 IIHF World Championships are underway in Sweden and Finland, with the U.S. defeating France, 7-2, in a game Bobby Ryan said "was closer than people might realize" (humility… our nation's greatest export!); Canada surviving a scare against Slovakia, 3-2, thanks to goals by Jordan Eberle and Andrew Ladd; and Germany's first win over Italy since 1992.

And why wouldn't the German's excel in this tournament? Have you seen how they practice?

Somewhere, Johan Hedberg weeps …

Writes reader Aubrey Nelson: "I don't speak the first bit of German so I can't be sure, but I get the feeling that's supposed to represent Canada." Let's go with that.

UPDATE: Via friend of the blog Rouven Dorn, some info. The coach is Swiss, by the way, and says:

"OK guys, you're warmed up now. Exercise as planned. Important: high intensity, skate hard, push it, let's go!"

(After the player checks the moose, it reads)

"Ready for the moose test!"

(This is a word almost every German knows by now since Mercedes A-Class famously failed the so-called "moose test" by a Swedish magazine)

After that, *whistle* and "change!"

In the end it's just "Ice Hockey World Cup in Sweden and Finland live on blah blah blah …"

By the way, the moose clearly represents Sweden/Finalnd in the commercial; Canada isn't even mentioned in the clip.