Just when the roller hockey world was betting on the Marsblade Capitals or the Koovee Rollers to punch their ticket to the MLRH World Championships, along comes Vuorelan Veikot to shock everyone as they skated to the MLRH Summer Cup title in Tampere, Finland.
The upstarts ran the table in the preliminary rounds
and then held off the Koovee Rollers a second time
for the Championship.
For Marsblade and the Rollers, the road to the MLRH Championships in Mannheim gets more complicated as they may have to travel to France, Spain or the Octoberfest tournament Mannheim, Germany
to secure a finals berth.
Whatever the outcome, the Scandinavians have sent a message that all roads to Mannheim run through the
North. These are three great hockey teams.
From the moment that teams arrived in Tampere, it was very clear that the Finns know how to run a tournament.
The welcome, the facilities, the volunteers and all aspects of the event was simply amazing.
This first-class tournament was put together by an extraordinarily dedicated and skilled group of people in Tampere and the Koovee Roller organization. On behalf of the players and MLRH, we would like to thank everyone involved for all your hard work.
Special mentions to Esa Koivisto, Vesa Saaristo, Jari Saloniemi, Jenni Andrejev, Antti Kangas and Lee Mason.