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Why Is Canada Having An Olympic Training Camp?

from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Four days of Team Canada meetings, fishing outings and golf isn't going to help Steve Yzerman and Mike Babcock pick an Olympic team for the Rainbow Olympics in February scheduled for Sochi, Russia, nor is it going to help them win the tournament.

Foster team chemistry? When almost half of the 47 invitees are not going to make the cut when the team is announced? C'mon. Who is one supposed to bond with, exactly?

They can hand out the free stuff - Lord knows NHLers need more free t-shirts, etc. - let players know how one travels from North America to the Black Sea and even show some video and have a chalk talk on how Team Canada intends to navigate the larger international ice surface.

But none of that will help in February.

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Yeah, the idiot sports writer who never knows what he’s complaining about should definitely be questioning the methods of the group that put together the gold medal winning team at the last Olympics.

Posted by Garth on 08/23/13 at 10:33 AM ET

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Pillow fights. It’s got to be the pillow fights.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 08/23/13 at 10:36 AM ET

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Yeah, the idiot sports writer who never knows what he’s complaining about should definitely be questioning the methods of the group that put together the gold medal winning team at the last Olympics.

Posted by Garth on 08/23/13 at 10:33 AM ET

Your a bit off-base here Garth because while I have no love for Cox or what he writes, he’s a Canadian writer writing for a Canadian audience.

His questioning Team Canada camp is no different than some in the US and other countries asking the exact same question.  It’s not about results, it’s about the waste of time and resources.  If insurance isn’t covering any of these guys skating, there’s no real point in the camp.

He’s not singling out Canada though.  He’s asking a larger question that covers more than just Canada.

Posted by Primis on 08/23/13 at 12:31 PM ET

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If insurance isn’t covering any of these guys skating, there’s no real point in the camp.

Yeah, except that you’re not going to learn more about players running drills than you could watching game film.  Fostering team chemistry is the exact reason for camps that are held five months before a the Olympics.  Compiling a team for the Olympics is about personalities as it is about skill since they’re putting together all-star teams. 

How many people make an Olympic team because of the drills that were run in August rather than their play from October to December?

The bottom line is that if putting these guys through drills in August was the most important part of these camps, then they wouldn’t be doing what they’re doing.

Which brings me back to my original point.  If Damon says there’s no point but the Team Canada brain trust does (as well as the US, Russian and a bunch of other brain trusts) thn by default I’m likely to side with the hockey professionals rather than the *#$%@& writer who lives be be egative about everything…

Posted by Garth on 08/23/13 at 07:38 PM ET

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Your a bit off-base here Garth because while I have no love for Cox or what he writes, he’s a Canadian writer writing for a Canadian audience.

Posted by Primis on 08/23/13 at 12:31 PM ET

As a Canadian living in Toronto (but cheering for the Wings), I definitely agree with Garth’s assessment. How is it that the greatest hockey city in the world gets such a pointless blowhard as our main hockey writer? But wait! We also have Steve Simmons….....

Posted by BrendonR on 08/24/13 at 10:29 AM ET

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