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From today's WJC action, the video tells it all.
"TSN has created this unconscionable amount of pressure on these young guys. The Canadian guys have to be squeezing their sticks today because of all the pressure that TSN puts on them.
"They're expected to win. Here, they've lost their first game and the world's ready to end. I'm always saying make sure the flags are always flying at half-staff in Canada. That's what we (Americans) did. The flags in Canada are flying at half-staff."
-Ron Wilson, head coach of Team USA in the WJC. More on this topic from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star.
Team USA defeated Team Canda 4-2 today.
Bob McKenzie and James Duthie of TSN with a preview of USA/Canada WJC game.
Puck drops at 1:00pm ET on NHL Network and TSN.
from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,
Ron Wilson is smiling. Or rather, it sounds like he’s smiling. We cannot know for sure, because he is speaking over the phone. But you can feel the warmness to his voice. He sounds happy.
And why shouldn’t he be? After nearly four years of golfing and watching too much hockey on TV while waiting for a phone call that never came, Wilson is back behind the bench doing what he loves again as the head coach of the U.S. world junior team.
It’s not the National Hockey League. But as Wilson said, it still “feels pretty good.”
“I’m really surprised with how well our team has come together,” he said last week from the team’s selection camp in Boston. “On the first day, I slapped some lines together and right off the bat guys were flying. And I thought, well this is your typical first day. Guys are trying to impress me. But today they’re even better.
“I’m pleasantly surprised with this.”
from Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com,
Every U20 player here in Helsinki over the holidays dreams of parlaying a successful tournament into a glittering, long-lasting pro and international career. Yet those dreams will only come true for a select handful.
Both wins and losses loom larger for teenagers, and cheers and tears escape them more readily. Canada’s Jordan Eberle may never score a bigger or more exhilarating goal than his tying marker versus Russia in the 2009 semi-final in Ottawa with 5.4 seconds left. The victims on that play, Russian goalie Vadim Zhelobnyuk and defenceman Dmitri Kulikov, will never forget where they were either.
Remember what happened to Canadian netminder Marc-Andre Fleury, whose own goal off teammate Braydon Coburn gave the Americans the joy of their first-ever WJC title in 2004 in Helsinki.
And while the Finns whooped it up after Rasmus Ristolainen’s overtime goal downed archrival Sweden 3-2 in the 2014 final in Malmo, you couldn’t help feeling for 19-year-old Swedish captain Filip Forsberg, classy but anguished as he spoke to reporters afterwards.
Unlike the Olympics, the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, or the NHL, opportunities to win at the World Juniors are limited. No player has participated in more than four tourneys, and only Canada’s Jason Botterill has earned three gold medals (1994-96).
from the CP at CBC,
It won't take long for Canada's junior hockey team to find out how it stacks up against the other heavy hitters at the 2016 world championship.
Canada kicks off the defence of its world junior title with a matchup versus the archrival United States on Saturday. The Americans are one of the favourites of the tournament and will measure just how well Canada's roster has come together in the short time since training camp started at the beginning of the month.
A stiff challenge this early in the tournament is something new for the Canadians. Over the past four seasons, Canada and the U.S. have played on New Year's Eve or Dec. 30, with the Canadians easing into the tournament with an opener against an opponent not considered a favourite (Slovakia last year, Germany the previous two).
Below, the WJC schedule on the NHL Network.
from Andrew Podnieks of IIHF.com,
Former players Peter Bondra, Sergei Fyodorov (Fedorov), Valeri Kamenski, Ville Peltonen, and builders Pat Quinn and Ben Smith form the 2016 induction class.
Hungarian forward Gabor Ocskay is the recipient of the Richard “Bibi” Torriani Award, and Nikolai Ozerov has been given the Paul Loicq Award.
The 2016 IIHF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in Moscow on 22 May, the final day of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. The venue will be the brand new Russian and Soviet Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.
Two releases, the second one is below...
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey has selected Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, and the Columbus Blue Jackets as host of its training camp in advance of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey it was announced today.
The camp, which will begin Monday, Sept. 5, will culminate on Friday, Sept. 9, with a game against Canada at Nationwide Arena.
Holiday roster freeze in effect: December 19-27
For all players on an NHL active roster, injured reserve, or with non-roster and injured non-roster status as of midnight (local time) Dec. 19, a roster freeze shall apply through midnight (local time) Dec. 27, with respect to waivers, trades and loans, subject to the exceptions provided for in CBA Article 16.5 (d).
Holiday break: December 23-25
(no scheduled practices – dressing rooms closed)
IIHF World Junior Championship (Helsinki, Finland): December 26-January 5
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Strange as it sounds considering how the Columbus Blue Jackets have struggled this season, NBC analyst Jeremy Roenick uses them as his model for how the United States will have to play in order to win the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
"We're not going to beat Canada on talent; we're going to beat Canada on determination and grit and will," said Roenick, who played for the U.S. national team four times, including twice in the Olympics. "It's similar to the way Columbus plays right now. They're not going to win on talent; they're going to win on sheer determination to try to beat you down."
When it was immediately pointed out to Roenick that Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella also is the coach of the U.S. World Cup team, he said he didn't even make that connection when he made the comparison.
"I didn't, but it speaks volumes," Roenick said. "It's exactly what I mean."
Roenick, however, worries the U.S. might have the same problem as the Blue Jackets.
Do they have enough players who can win playing that style?
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