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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Nearly 30 years ago, Mike Eruzione captained the United States to a most unexpected Olympic gold medal.
In Vancouver next month, Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner will try to lead the U.S. to its first Olympic gold in men’s ice hockey since then.
As expected, Langenbrunner was named the captain of the 2010 U.S. Olympic team in a teleconference this afternoon. Devils left wing Zach Parise, ex-Devils Brian Rafalski, Nashville’s Ryan Suter and Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown will be the alternate captains.
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
You might have heard. Our beloved Los Tiburones are sending more players to the Canadian team than any other NHL franchise. The top Sharks forward line of Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau will be joined by defenseman Dan Boyle.
What does that mean? It means that Saturday night, Babcock was sending out his Detroit players to fight and battle against the Sharks players who could be Babcock’s most key offensive performers in Vancouver.
And that had to be awkward.
“I don’t think there’s anything awkward about it,” Babcock said. “I don’t really understand where you’re going.”
Actually, in my head, I am going where Babcock will be going in a few weeks. Anxiety or intensity doesn’t begin to describe the destination.
In case you missed Coach’s Corner tonight on HNIC, here it is.
Most of the conversation centered around Phil Kessel & the WJC and why Canada is still #1 in Don’s mind.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
There appears to be a resolution to the Olympic hockey roster dispute.
The International Ice Hockey Federation sent out a memo Friday to all national member federations clarifying that, at this point, roster changes can only be made for “valid reasons,” and not because of player performance, ESPN.com has learned.
from Joe O’Connor of the National Post,
Canada’s 6-5 overtime loss to the United States in the gold-medal game at the world junior championship was a coin-toss, not a tragedy. Anything can happen in overtime. Except when it happens to be an American team that is doing the winning and the singing of The Star-Spangled Banner—on Canadian ice—it tends to sting. And this is one particular pain that could get worse, and much more common, with potentially no cure in sight.
Consider this: The night before the Americans claimed gold in Saskatoon, their under-17 national team did the same thing in Timmins, Ont, beating Team Ontario at the world hockey challenge. America’s women, meanwhile, have won three of the last four world championships by dispatching Canada in the gold-medal game. All that needs to happen now is some calamity in Vancouver, when the Canadian men face the United States, and Mr. Harper might reconvene parliament with a royal commission charged with examining why our game is no longer ours alone.
“(Canadians) take any loss hard. Whether it’s world junior, Olympics, world championship, intersquad game, exhibition game. We’re all competitors and we all love to win.
“Certainly with the buildup to Vancouver 2010, this was kind of a stepping stone. Will it put a little more pressure (on us)? I’m sure it will.”
-Chis Pronger talking about Canada’s loss in the WJC. More ‘pressure’ talk from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star.
from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,
How big is the world junior hockey championship?
Let’s start with the gold medal game on Tuesday outdrawing the 2009 Grey Cup, which set an audience record of its own.
And let’s add that the Canada-U.S. showdown ranks as the most watched telecast of any kind in Canada since 2005.
The TSN audience is also the sixth largest for a Canadian telecast dating back to 1994.
After almost two decades in the NHL and a couple of seasons in Russia, Jaromir Jagr is fast approaching his final appearance for the Czech Republic just over a month from now at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Jagr will be one of the most experienced members of the squad, led by the legendary player and Olympic champion Vladimir Ruzicka.
He was actually Jagr’s teammate when the Czech Republic won their only Olympic gold at the Nagano games in 1998.
While Jagr’s mind is now on the Continental Hockey League, the upcoming Winter Olympics promise to become something special for the Czech.
continue for a video of Jagr talking abou the KHL and the upcoming Olympics…
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,
Years ago after a U.S. team was humbled by a lesser light at the world junior championships, the late American hockey legend Bob Johnson said to me, with frustration dripping from his voice, “You would think that in a country of 280 million people we could find one kid who could play some goal for us.”
When Washington Capitals prospect John Carlson scored the overtime game-winner to beat Canada 6-5 to win the gold medal Tuesday in Saskatoon I thought about how much Badger Bob would have loved watching this American team perform.
Team USA with a victory chant after winning the World Junior Hockey Championship.
Below watch extended highlights of the Gold Medal game…
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