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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Two former players win InLine silver

Courtesy Metro Jets

The United States was gunning for their first gold medal since 2006 at the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine Hockey World Championship on Saturday in Ingolstadt, Germany, but instead had to settle for silver as Sweden topped Team USA, 7-6.

Former Lake Superior State defenseman Steven Oleksy (pictured) and ex-Northern Michigan forward Nathan Sigmund played in all six games for the Americans.

“It’s never easy to lose a hockey game, especially to the team that knocked us out the previous year and completed a three-peat of world championships,” said Oleksy, who had an assist in the final game. “It’s always tough to get started in tournaments like that where in two weeks you have to meet, get to know, and learn how to play with complete strangers, but I feel as we progressed through the tournament, our team play grew stronger and so did my individual play.”

In the 14-year history of the IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship, the United States has earned gold medals in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004, and 2006; silver medals in 1998, 2001 and 2009; and bronze medals at the 2000, 2003 and 2005 tournaments.

Photo courtesy USA Hockey

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