Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/23/13 at 08:25 AM ET
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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