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Morning Line- Wayne Gretzky

“I’m a big believer that the Olympic Games is great for sports, I’m a big believer that the Olympics is great for our game and wonderful for our country. We rally around it, especially at this time of the world where there seems to be so much unrest away from the games, away from sports. Sports seems to bring people together and it brings the country together.

“I admit I don’t understand the business side of it, it’s way over my head. That’s something for the league, the owners and the union to figure out. But after watching the Canadian junior team play and seeing how exciting it was and how emotional it is for the country, Bob and I were talking and we want it. I don’t see any negatives about it other than the travel and the time commitment. I feel bad that these kids may not get the chance that we did.”

-Wayne Gretzky.  Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun has more on the Olympics talk.

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McDavid And Tavares Talk Olympics

Stars Connor McDavid and John Tavares rave about the World Juniors and discuss the exciting gold medal game between Canada and Russia, which Tavares calls 'another classic'. Fireworks always follow when the best players in the world meet on the international stage, and NHLers want to keep that going and return to the Olympics.

Watch at TSN.

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Video- Canada Beats Russia To Win Gold At The WJC

Canada was down 3-1 but kept on pushing to win 4-3.

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Go ahead and etch the name ‘Barrett Hayton’ into Team Canada lore.

Because Hayton authored one of the most incredible chapters in Canada’s rich history at the World Junior Championship on Sunday.

Less than 24 hours earlier, Hayton writhed in pain on the ice with an audible ‘yelp’ so loud that you could hear it across Ostravar Arena. His injury was as unfortunate as it was unnecessary late in a semifinal rout over Finland.

The initial diagnosis from team doctors on Saturday was not positive. He appeared to have a separated shoulder, or some kind of significant shoulder ailment - an injury that almost surely would’ve kept him out of a regular season game on Sunday if he was back playing for the Arizona Coyotes.

Team Canada went to bed thinking Hayton would be a “longshot” to play.

But this was Canada-Russia for all the marbles. This was Hayton’s chance to bring home the medal he couldn’t help deliver last year in Vancouver.

After untold hours of manipulation, therapy, and who-knows-what kind of cocktail to provide relief, Hayton didn’t just suit up for Team Canada.

He scored to bring them back from the brink.

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Below, watch the game highlights with no play by play, just the crowd. noise.

added 5:32pm, Also below, video recap of the game with Jame Duthie of TSN.

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Canada And Russia Going For Gold In The World Junior Championship Today

from Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com,

Revenge. If there’s one underlying theme for Team Canada in the 2020 World Junior medal round, that’s it. Heading into Sunday’s gold medal game against Russia, coach Dale Hunter’s team will be looking to make a statement for the second game in a row.

They’re up against a dangerous Russian squad that handed Canada its worst defeat ever at this tournament, 6-0 on 28 December.

The five returning Canadians from 2019’s sixth-place team – captain Barret Hayton, Alexis Lafreniere, Joe Veleno, Ty Smith, and Jared McIsaac – got partial redemption when they ended Finland's reign as World Junior champions with a 5-0 win on Saturday. That, by the way, was Suomi’s worst semi-final loss ever.

“They definitely wanted these guys back,” said forward Nolan Foote. “It was a sour taste for them, and we did that just fine.”

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Game time is 1:00pm ET today on the NHL Network and TSN.

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Video- Canada Shuts Out Finland, Will Face Russia For WJC Gold

Game starts Sunday at 1:00pm ET on TSN and NHL Network.

 

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A Reunion For Team USA After 40 Years

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Most of the Boys of Winter are well into their 60s now, with Lake Placid, the Russians, and Olympic glory a footnote to cherish in perpetuity with grandchildren and buddies at the golf course.

Next month will mark the 40th anniversary — say it quickly, the old hockey injuries will hurt less — of Team USA’s stunning win over the CCCP and its subsequent gold medal triumph over Finland at the 1980 Winter Games.

To celebrate it all once again, the sons of Herb Brooks will convene in the simmering hockey hotbed of Las Vegas on Feb. 21-22, kicking off their “Relive the Miracle 2020” weekend with a meet-and-greet among some 3,000 Golden Knights season ticket-holders, and then appearing in a full staged presentation before as many as 12,000 flag-waving Yanks inside the Thomas & Mack Center.

The final touch: an appearance at T-Mobile Arena during a game between the Golden Knights and the Florida Panthers. It was a 21-team NHL in 1980 and those two clubs weren’t even a glimmer in league president John Ziegler’s eye when Mike Eruzione & Co. sent Vladislav Tretiak et al. limping back to Red Square.

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Morning Line- Pierre LeBrun

The NHL has often said past Olympic participation hasn’t made a dent in its bottom line. I actually do believe that to some degree. The IOC reaps all the direct benefits, no question. But sometimes you have to do what’s best for the sport itself, even if it’s not the best thing for your business. Olympic participation is the most impactful way to grow the sport around the world. There will be massive eyeballs on the Beijing Olympics. The NHL must be there.

-Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic.  LeBrun has more ($$$) on this topic including points of view from Bill Daly and Donald Fehr.

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WJC Games Start Early On Thursday

Times listed are ET/PT.  The four games are also on the NHL Network.

Saturday & Sunday schedule is below.

screenshot via TSN

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The Latest On Alexis Lafreniere’s Injury

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Video- Alexis Lafreniere Injured In WJC Game

 

Video below.

added 3:13pm, YouTube version is below too.

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