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from Mary Paoletti of CSNNE,
The snow fell fast and even. Fans hopped off the Green Line, paused for a moment on Commonwealth Avenue, and tried to find their bearings. It was a hockey night—that much they knew—but it was already unlike any they had ever experienced.
On this frosty Friday in January there was to be a collision between historic college tradition and an event momentous enough to make history with it’s first try.
Two NCAA hockey games played in a baseball stadium. And not just any stadium but in “America’s most beloved ballpark.” For one night in a city ruled by a hierarchy of professional sports, and where the MLB especially reigns supreme, four teams of student athletes were called into court.
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.
from the CP at the Globe and Mail,
Former NHLer Boyd Devereaux will have a lot to think about in the weeks ahead as he recuperates from a terrifying broken neck.
Competing at the Spengler Cup in Switzerland through the holidays, Devereaux and the rest of the Canadian team were off to a roaring start.
The Kitchener, Ont., resident and former Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs centre was being double-shifted by Craig MacTavish when he entered the offensive zone and attempted to collect a loose puck in a Dec. 28 game against host-team Davos.
That’s when Davos blue-liner Beat Forster caught Devereaux with his head down.
Devereaux crumpled to the ice, but was helped to his feet and assisted to the bench. He soon noticed a tingling sensation in his arms.
Team USA with a victory chant after winning the World Junior Hockey Championship.
Below watch extended highlights of the Gold Medal game…
Great game that went to OT.
Winning goal scored by John Carlson.
added 10:48pm, from TSN,
A furious comeback was all for naught as John Carlson has scored in overtime to give Team USA a 6-5 victory in the Gold medal game at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship over Canada.
The victory gives the Americans only their second Gold medal in tournament history and snaps Canada’s streak of five straight Gold medals.
It appeared as though all the momentum was on the Canadians side after Jordan Eberle scored twice with less than three minutes remaining to force the extra frame, however Carlson beat Marin Jones high for his second of the game.
from Chicago Breaking Sports News,
Former Blackhawks star Chris Chelios was arrested early Dec. 28 and charged with speeding and driving under the influence, Westmont police said.
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