When is a good time to forfeit? Apparently, to the Bulgarian women's national hockey team, it's never a good time to forfeit. In the European-Olympics pre-qualifying tournament, Bulgaria faced off against Slovakia in a four-game series and lost, with the latest game ending 82-0.
I'm not too sure, but I think that gives a new meaning to the word "pathetic" and "humiliating" in hockey.
Slovakia outshot the Bulgarians, 139-0, and scored every 44 seconds. They (the Bulgarians) surrendered more goals in four games (192) than the Detroit Red Wings did in 82 games (184).
After the first period, Slovakia led 31-0; after two periods, they lead 55-0; and after the third period, you come up with a total of 82-0. Ding! A new "official" IHF world record! Fourteen different Slovakian players scored at least one goal, twelve players scored a hat trick, one player scored nine goals, and one star player scored ten!
This final game wrapped up a horrific series for the Bulgarians as they lost to Croatia (30-1) and Italy (41-0). In essence, they gave up 192 goals and scored 1 to get themselves eliminated from the tournament. Need I say how awful this team is or does the record speak for itself?
Believe it or not, the Bulgarian press is actually defending the national team. A Bulgarian reporter wrote:
"The embarrassment, however, ought to be directed towards the Bulgarian Government rather than the ladies. With a population of 7.4 million, only three indoor ice rings in the country and only 37 registered female players, Bulgaria could have hardly hoped for a successful run in the competition, although this ruthless and systematic destruction was nothing short of a national embarrassment."
And according to ESPN, Slovakian head coach Miroslav Karafiat said that the Slovakians took the game as training. Bulgaria trailed 7-0 after five minutes, 19-0 after 10 and 31-0 at the end of the first period.
Slovakia, which also beat Croatia, Latvia and Italy, advanced to another qualifying group with Germany, Kazakhstan and France. The winner will secure a spot at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
I don't know, but this game gives people a very strong case to instate a mercy rule. Don't you think so? Say like if a team is ahead by 50 points, they automatically win. Do something like that.
This isn't the worst defeat in women's hockey history, however. In 1998, Thailand lost to South Korea, 92-0. That was during the Asia-Oceania U18 Championship.