The Sioux City (Iowa) Musketeers of the United States Hockey League are representing the U.S. at the Junior Club World Cup, an annual summer tournament sponsored by the International Ice Hockey Federation that brings together 10 junior teams from around the globe. In Sioux City's first game, the Musketeers rather emphatically introduced themselves to the field in Ufa, Russia.
In the team's opening game against Red Bull Salzburg of Austria on Friday, the Musketeers earned a resounding 7-2 victory, but they also sent a message with some physical play. Perhaps there was no bigger statement made than when Sioux City defenseman Markus Kojo delivered a hard body check that ended up sending his opponent through the glass.
Ouch. That looks more painful with each replay, of which there are three in the video. The audible gasp from the crowd tells you all you need to know about that one. The game was delayed for nearly 15 minutes to clean up the mess and replace the glass.
Kojo, a Finland native, comes in at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds. That glass and the Salzburg forward didn't stand a chance.
Also, you've got to get a close-up look at the jerseys and socks the Musketeers are wearing. Since they're playing over in Europe, the team adopted Euro-style jerseys complete with big ads, lettering in Russian cyrillic script, and a little touch of their home state of Iowa.
Yep, that's corn on the jerseys and socks. Eat your heart out, Northern Illinois Huskies.
The Musketeers improved to 2-0 and sit in first place in Group B at the Junior Club World Cup after downing HC Riga of Latvia on Sunday.