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Canada’s Team

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

All week long, in newspapers and on websites, talk radio and television, the issue popped up like an annual rite of spring. It was a variation of the old Woe Is Canada theme – and why it likely that Canada’s Stanley Cup drought could easily extend for yet another season since only one or two of the NHL franchises based in the Great White North are about to qualify for the playoffs. That’d be the Vancouver Canucks, who are in, and the Ottawa Senators, who are close…

The starting point is always the same flawed premise too – that this coast-to-coast failure provides an opportunity for some national soul-searching, as if there really was a common thread linking Canada’s seven NHL franchises.

Why is it is even an issue? To me, Canada is the team that competes internationally in Olympics, world championships, world junior championships etc. – whatever entry we field in international ice hockey competitions around the world. That’s Canada and that’s a completely separate discussion from why Canadian teams haven’t won the Stanley Cup since the Montreal Canadiens did it back in 1993.

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Fetisov On NHL Participation In The Olympics

from Matthew Fisher of Postmedia News,

Slava Fetisov, the former Soviet captain and Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils star, reckons that 90 per cent of the players in the NHL, including just about every Canadian, wants to come to the 2014 Olympics in Russia and that to forbid them “is not the democratic way.”

“The NHL wants to somehow find a way to put a couple of million dollars in its pocket from this question, but they may end up losing money by not being part of the Olympics,” Fetisov said in a recent interview. “It is so narrow-minded. If people do not come to the Sochi Games, that is not right and it is not fair.”...

“The NHL should do the same as soccer, where all the best automatically release their best players for the World Cup and European Cup,” he said.

“If the NHL leaves the Olympics now, it can-t come back even if it wants to when the Games are next held in the U.S. or Canada. If the NHL does not understand that, it is not as smart as I think it is.”

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  Tags: 2014+olympics

Yzerman Returns As Executive Director Of Hockey Canada

Hockey Canada named Monday a National Men’s Team management group that will serve through the 2013-14 season and sees Steve Yzerman return as executive director and Kevin Lowe as general manager at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship after leading Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

In all, the management group includes four individuals that were part of the management team that led Canada to Olympic gold in Vancouver.

Canada’s National Men’s Team management group (through 2013-14):

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  Tags: team+canada

Video- 40 Years Ago, The Summit Series

from CBC,

Stars in Russia commemorating the 72 series, and some say it helped ease tension during the cold war.

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A Friendly Talk With Gary

from Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy,

KHL President Medvedev is also the head of Russian natural gas giant Gazprom. He was in New York to attend the annual meeting with American shareholders as well as conduct other Gazprom business. But he still found time to have a meeting with the heads of the NHL [please note how he calls Bettman “Gary” without using his last name]. Right after the lunch was over Medvedev spoke exclusively with me…

“Yes, we held a meeting today with Gary [Bettman] and Bill Daly. I would like to point out that the meeting had a very friendly feel to it. It was also very constructive which indicates that both Leagues understand each other’s positions and views. It can only help the development of the game of hockey on both sides of the Atlantic. And even though we haven’t accomplished a lot yet, nevertheless we already have a few regulatory documents that govern the respect of each other’s contracts,” he said


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  Tags: alexander+medvedev, iihf, khl

How To Fix The Fake Injury?

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Rene Fasel didn’t mince his words when asked about the fake injuries that peppered the world junior hockey championship in Calgary and Edmonton.

“It’s the European illness,” said the International Ice Hockey Federation president as amused Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson chimed in with, “I like that question.”

“It’s a culture question,” Fasel continued. “You know football — soccer — is big, and (injuries are a) part of the game.”

Does it embarrass him as much as it bothers Canadian fans who booed most European players for their theatrics?

“What can we do?” Fasel asked.

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Video- Sweden Wins The World Junior Championship In OT

from the CP at TSN,

Mika Zibanejad scored at 10:09 of overtime to lead Sweden to a 1-0 win over Russia in the championship final of the world junior men’s hockey championship on Thursday.

Zibanejad stole the puck from Russian forward Nikita Gusev before breaking into the Russian zone and roofing a backhand shot over the blocker of Russian goaltender Andrei Makarov, who finished the game with 57 saves.


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  Tags: team+sweden

The Sun Did Rise In Calgary Today

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Canadians, and particularly Calgarians who had invested in 21-game ticket packs in anticipation of watching Canada in the gold medal game, woke up to see the sun had come up on a spectacular 12 C Wednesday.

Some found it in their hearts to forgive these kids who gave them the near-miracle comeback, battling back from a 6-1 deficit in Tuesday’s 6-5 loss to Russia. But others couldn’t get past their failure to handle the pressure, the lack of discipline and the fact there appears to be a trend developing in which other countries are getting much more outstanding goaltending than Canada.

For the players, it was dealing with their own personal demons of knowing if they hadn’t taken a penalty, if they had moved the puck off the boards instead panicking into plays like a two-on-none breakaway for the top two Russian players, if they hadn’t ...

The regrets aren’t too few to mention.

Virtually no player on the team woke up Wednesday morning unable find some major moment where they didn’t rise to the challenge. And there were admissions of not having handled the pressure.


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  Tags: team+canada, wjc

Russia Stuns Canada In WJC

from TSN,

Canada will not play for gold at the world junior hockey championship for the first time in over a decade.

The host country lost 6-5 to Russia in Tuesday’s semifinal, despite a four-goal burst in the third period.

Russia will meet Sweden for gold, while Canada faces Finland for bronze Thursday.

“They scored early. We didn’t react as well as we should have,” Canadian forward Brett Connolly said. “We’ve got to be better.”...

Russian captain Evgeni Kuznetsov, the lone returning player from last year’s squad, was a one-man wrecking crew with three goals and an assist.

Defencemen Nikita Nesterov and Alexander Khokhlachev and forward Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Russians. Nail Yakupov, who plays for the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting, had three assists.

“We win. We’re pretty excited,” Yakupov said. “We beat Canada. Russia’s better than Canada.”

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added 1:43am, Video highlights of the game can be watched below…

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  Tags: tam+russia, team+canada

Passion In Play

from James Bradshaw and Dawn Walton of the Globe and Mail,

The appetite for World Junior hockey action has grown even more insatiable with the elimination rounds under way and Canada’s first do-or-die test looming Tuesday night.

Overall ticket sales in host cities Edmonton and Calgary could approach 600,000 by the time the tournament wraps on Jan. 5. Fans have been so fervent that 10,000 of them turned up at 11 a.m. on Monday to watch Switzerland edge Denmark in a relegation game. Some have even helped clean up Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome after arena staff and volunteers struggled with the short turnaround between games.

“Tell me, what is that?” said tournament co-chair Jim Peplinski. “It’s about all of the good things that come from [seeing] a sport performed properly. That translates into picking friggin’ garbage up.”

To Mr. Peplinski, the infectious enthusiasm suggests Canadians have embraced the tournament not only as an exercise in national pride, but as a purer expression of high-level hockey played by athletes with a measure of innocence still intact.


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