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Pat Quinn might not be front and center of the NHL these days, but he’s certainly stayed in the public spotlight.
While the pundits like to speculate endlessly about his suitability for various league coaching positions as they become available, Quinn himself stays plenty busy without worrying too much about the NHL.
In addition to being part-owner of the Vancouver Giants, Quinn helmed the gold medal winning Under-18 Canadian men’s team in Russia this past April, and just last month was awarded the distinguished position as head coach of Canada’s Junior team. Additionally, he also donates time to causes like Making the Connection, an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to issues of cardiac health.
Given his busy schedule, I was especially appreciative that Mr. Quinn took a few minutes to answer some questions.
Earlier today, John Glennon at The Tennessean noted that the International Ice Hockey Federation will determine the status of the Nashville Predators’ Alexander Radulov in the next two weeks.
If the IIHF finds that the KHL acted improperly, Glennon also noted some possible outcomes:
the IIHF could pressure the KHL to void Radulov’s Russian contract
the IIHF could choose to “red flag’’ Radulov, which would lead to sanctions against Radulov and/or his team.
Sanctions? Like what?
Team Canada and Team Sweden are dueling it out at this very moment, the score currently 1-0 for Canada midway through the first. Yesterday, Ken Campbell at THN wrote:
This semifinal represents everything that Canada and Sweden games usually are not. Under normal circumstances, Sweden is usually the team with the skill players and Canada almost always has a decided edge in goaltending. But that certainly won’t be the case when the two teams meet Friday.
The Swedes are sorely lacking NHL caliber talent up front, but they more than make up for that in goal where they have two-time Vezina Trophy finalist Henrik Lundqvist, a player who has an Olympic gold medal and an 11-2-4 record in World Championship play.
Campbell went on to write: “Advantage: Sweden (huge).”
Update 4:24pm PT: Winner: Canada (barely!)
To watch the game:
World Hockey Championships: Canada 10 - Germany 1
Eric Staal scored four goals, Martin St. Louis had five assists, and the remaining goals were scored by Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley, Patrick Sharp, Derek Roy and Mike Green. And don’t leave out Dan Hamhuis who inadvertently helped Germany get on the board by putting the puck past his own goalie.
All and all, not a fun day for Germany, as noted by their coach Uwe Krupp:
“Our team was outmatched in just about every aspect of the game,” Krupp said. “I think it was a sobering experience for everybody. Thank God you don’t have too many days like this.”
Courtesy of TSN, video highlights of the game can be seen here, and a complete schedule and results for all teams here. Team Canada’s next game is Monday against Finland. Team USA plays the Finns on Sunday.
Note: Dion Phaneuf sends a special message of encouragement and congrats to his Canadian mates. What a guy…
Canada vs USA—3:30pm ET
Video —In Canada on TSN & RDS; In the USA, only by a paid feed; International viewers check here
Audio—Fan590 streaming live.
Info—Complete tournament schedule [PDF], and power rankings.
This post will update periodically with screenshots of the action during the game, and a box score link will always be provided at game time.
Should be fun: it’s Team Tortorella vs Team Hitchcock, which might make for some seriously-bad language being thrown around. If I work on my lip-reading skills, perhaps I can transcribe some John Tortorella gems…
Canada vs Sweden starting now.
Really, unless you’re a Canucks or a Wings fan, there’s probably no other way you’ll ever again see more Canadians and Swedes on one sheet of ice at the same time.
Scoring updates, gloating, whining etc. will be added to the comments.
Update 2pm PT: Some post-game celebration photos added below.
Almost gametime in the Czech Republic between Canada and the USA at the World Junior Championship semi-finals, so here is an open post in case anyone wishes to share info, trash talk, or is just looking for scoring updates while they’re stuck at work. (Updates will be added to the comments throughout the game.)