Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/04/13 at 02:14 PM ET
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
So Canada's under-20 national team won't be playing for the gold medal, after getting clocked 5-1 by the United States Thursday at the world junior championship in Ufa, Russia.
So this means ... what? A colossal failure? Cause for a royal commission? A closing of the borders so that those dastardly foreigners - all two of them, per team - can't play in our major junior leagues, take spots away from our own kids, and then turn around and use what they've learned here to beat us over there?
Or is it simply one more chapter in the ongoing story of a sport that now belongs to the elite players of a half-dozen or more nations, not just one or two. To Americans and Swedes, to Russians and Canadians, to Finns and Swiss and Czechs.
Not necessarily, but sometimes, in that order.
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