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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.
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.
The roster can be viewed at USA Hockey and the roster breaks-down by state as follows:
6 from Michigan
4 from Minnesota
3 from Massachusetts
3 from Pennsylvania
2 from New York
1 each from California, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada and Ohio
For more information on the event, visit Hockey Canada
I am also proud to announce Lisa McRitchie of the Oil Patch blog here at KK will be covering the games from Calgary, which along with Edmonton will be hosting some early round games. All the medal round games will be played in Calgary so look forward to her reports..
NEW YORK, NY / COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (December 20, 2011) – NHL Network U.S. and USA Hockey have agreed to a long-term extension of their media contract that will keep the Network as the exclusive television and streaming home for the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in the United States through the 2018 event.
NHL Network U.S. will provide live broadcasts and NHL.com will provide live streams of the U.S. National Junior Team games at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. NHL Network also will televise all medal-round games and five additional preliminary-round match-ups, airing a total of 15 games in high-definition from the tournament. All USA games will be NHL Network original broadcasts.
from Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star,
It’s a week after Canada left, and Buffalo is only now feeling safe enough to begin unboarding the windows and crawling out of the basement.
That’s the impression left in an out-of-left-field attack on Canadian honour by a columnist at the Buffalo News.
In purple tones, the piece – entitled “Disillusioned by Northern Neighbours” – paints Canadian fans as bunch of boozed-up hooligans who streamed over the border like the Visigoths advancing on Rome.
Among the damning criticisms: we don’t wait to turn right on red; we say “eh”; we like to take a drink; the Rogers Centre is ugly; we tip only two bucks on a $25 bar tab; someone punched someone else at a game.
Oh, Buffalo. We rescued your tournament from local apathy and crushing irrelevance and this is the thanks we get?
I’m writing this ten hours before puckdrop for the Canada/USA semi-final - should be an amazing night, right? I can buy a $95 ticket online for face value on the Buffalo World Juniors website. Why is this? People have dropped $400-$500 in recent years at Canadian venues to scalpers or ticket brokers to get into such an affair, whether it’s the gold medal game or the semi-finals. Are prices too high? Is the border-crossing that much of a hassle? People cross the Peace Bridge from Ontario to go to Target or Dick’s Sporting Goods. Or 41 Sabres games! You can’t tell me they won’t do it for an affordably-priced piece of hockey history.
-Greg Brady of Fan590. More from Greg on the WJC.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
With Team Canada set to play the U.S. in the WJHC semi-final on Monday, Bob McKenzie offers some thoughts on who has the edge in goal and why the American power play has the potential to be lethal.
Between The Pipes
From what we’ve seen so far, the U.S. absolutely has a sizeable advantage in the goaltending department, no question about it.
Team Canada’s goaltending has not been stellar, it has not been great. In fact, they’ve given up at least one bad goal in each of the games that they’ve played.
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.
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 Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,
I dialed up the scouts in my Rolodex this last few days. The grumpiest were still in Saskatoon. The slightly less grumpy were ones who were home from the tournament and thawing out. Happiest - or at least as happy as a scout gets - somehow avoided the tournament assignment.
One of the great disconnects between fact and public perception is that the world under-20s is a priority assignment for NHL scouts leading up to the draft in June. Such is rarely the case and maybe in no year has it been so far down the list as this year.
Those NHL scouts who made the trip out to Saskatoon were mostly doing check-ins on prospects that their teams had already drafted. There weren’t really any great discoveries to be made in Saskatoon.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
It’s become fashionable for Canadians to suggest hockey has failed as a sport in the southern United States.
The pathetic plight of the Phoenix Coyotes, on top of the troubles experienced by teams in Florida, Atlanta and Nashville, have made it easy to make that argument.
Problem is, it’s only partially correct. The sport itself, you see, has deeper roots in those regions than ever.
When Canada takes on the U.S. in Tuesday night’s much anticipated gold medal game at the 2010 world junior hockey championship, there will be evidence on both teams that areas once regarded as non-hockey territories are now producing world-class players.
You’ll be witnessing, to some degree, the Gretzky Effect.
“This American team is coming in on a real high. They’ve got speed, they’ve got a lot of confidence. They’ve got a little bit of a thick skin that they built up,. They want redemption, they want a chance to be able to get a lead on Canada this time and shut it down.
“This is going to be very interesting,” says McKenzie. “Because Canada is kind of wobbling into the gold medal game, and the Americans are flying.”
-Bob McKenzie of TSN on the WJC Gold Medal game tomorrow. More on the game at TSN.
from Jeff Angus of DobberHockey,
Canada’s final roster for the upcoming World Juniors has been released. Upon first glance, the 2010 edition of Team Canada lacks some of the firepower that has been on display in recent years. However, there still is a lot of talent and grit at all positions, and Canada has to be considered a favourite as they look to win a record-setting sixth straight gold medal.
read on for a preview of the Canadian team…
Jeff will have the reviews for all the teams involved in the coming days.
According to the Calgary Herald, Swedish club Vasteras was under the assumption that Backlund would rejoin them after the World Junior Hockey Championship.
‘‘Mikael Backlund has not been given permission to play for another club,’’ Vasteras official Anders Eklund told the Swedish media. ‘‘There is nothing in his agreement with us that allows him to play for a club in North America and we don’t think it’s right that he did this without communicating with us.
‘‘We are very disappointed in Backlund’s conduct in this case and do not think he acted honestly.’
Backlund suited up for the Calgary Flames last week. Read on.
Update 3:05pm ET: Here’s the original report in the Calgary Herald.
Pat Quinn, fresh off his gold medal win with Team Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship, will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.
The show is on now, from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208).
You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online once the show starts.
* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
**Archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
Well, the 2009 World Junior Championship has come to an end. For my first WJC, I’ll have nothing but positive memories. The volunteers who helped put the event on were tremendous, even the one who told me the media bus was waiting when it had already left. I can forgive her.
Congratulations to the Canada players. They played a great game—probably their best of the tournament—to be a good Sweden team. I think Canada’s fast start won the game for them, because Sweden had the better of the play in the second period.
continued and watch video highlights of the Canada/Sweden game below…
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
There is a movement afoot to have the World Junior Championship in Canada permanently and you might be surprised by who is in favor and who is against it happening.
On the side in favor is International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel, who reasons that Canadian crowds generate enormous revenues and make it a once-in-a-lifetime experience. On the other side is Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson, who is clearly wary of killing a golden goose by giving Canada too much of a good thing.
“I think there is a good chance (of moving the WJC to Canada permanently),” Fasel said. “Bob is not an easy guy to negotiate with, but if he wants to have the tournament here every year then we have to find a way to make it work for the other federations.”
from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,
A lot of casual hockey fans presume that NHL executives and scouts congregate at the WJC in search of talents, with the hope of finding as-yet-undiscovered talent. I’m sure it’s happen at some point, just not at any of the ten tournaments I’ve worked.
It’s really about checking the progress of well-known entities, watching them under the stiffest tests and greatest pressure. Fact is, most players here have been on the radar for at least a couple of seasons. Most of the best here are already drafted, e.g. Sweden’s first-line centre Oscar Moller is L.A.‘s property, Cody Hodgson Vancouver’s. NHL scouting directors already have thick files on John Tavares, Victor Hedman and others who are eligible for the first time in June are already. They’re not be discovered, just measured.
continued & don’t forget, the WJC Finals are tonight and can be viewed on the NHL Network in the USA and TSN in Canada. Pre-game starts at 7:00pm ET.
added 1:39pm, from the CP via NHL.com,
Steve Yzerman knew how Canada’s junior hockey team felt heading into the gold-medal game against Sweden at the world junior hockey championship Monday.
Yzerman, the executive director of the Canadian men’s Olympic team for 2010, has played in and won Stanley Cup finals and Olympic finals. The 43-year-old visited the junior team’s dressing room after their pre-game skate Monday.
“I told them to keep cool, but I don’t know exactly how you do that though,” Yzerman said. “The big games, the key is to figure out a way to be calm and relaxed. The more times you go through it, the more ways you figure it out.
“It’s not an easy thing to do.”
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
Kicking a soccer ball around in the bowels of Scotiabank Place, Magnus Svensson-Paajarvi hardly looks like the personification of evil that some diehard Team Canada fans now believe he is.
Last week, Svensson-Paajarvi told a Swedish Newspaper that (translated from Swedish):
“If we play Canada in the gold medal game again, we will win.” He also made a comment that, depending on your Swedish translator, was either: “If we go up 2-0, Canada will be s***ing their pants” or “If we go up 2-0, that will really change the game.”
I’ve heard it interpreted both ways. He also says if Sweden falls behind 2-0, they’re in big trouble. But nobody bothered to read that far.
The Drive For Five is alive and well.
Jordan Eberle scored two goals and the shootout winner to end another classic showdown as Canada edged Russia 6-5 in their semifinal game at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
With the win, Canada advances to Monday’s gold medal final and faces Sweden for the second year in a row.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Glob and Mail,
Because it took place during the NHL playoffs in a remote part of Russia, not a lot of North American fans saw Canada’s 8-0 demolition of the host country in the gold medal game of the world under-18 hockey championships last April.
But the Russians haven’t forgotten the humiliation.
His equipment had not yet been shed after a 5-1 victory over the Czech Republic in a world junior championship semi-final on Friday when centre Evgeni Grachev mentioned the Creaming in Kazan and said that Mother Russia owed Canada some payback.
Meanwhile, five players on Canada’s world junior team, and head coach Pat Quinn, helped author the annihilation, and most admit that it was one of those games where the stars aligned and where everything turned up maple leafs.
continued and you can catch the Canada/Russia game on the NHL Network in the US or TSN in Canada at 7:30pm ET tonight. The other semi-final game begins at 3:30pm today with Sweden taking on Slovakia.
from the CP,
Slovakia pulled off the first big upset of the world junior hockey championship with three first-period goals and 46 saves from Jaroslav Janus to defeat the United States 5-3 in the quarter-finals on Friday at Scotiabank Place.
Adam Bezak, Tomas Tatar and Jozef Molnar scored in the opening period on only eight shots against porous American goaltender Thomas McCollum of the Guelph Storm.
The NHL Network (USA) will be televising two games today, Kazakhstan vs. Canada at 3:30pm ET & USA vs. Czech Republic at 7:30pm.
The Games are in HD as NHL Net picks-up the TSN feed for us in the States.
from the StarPhoenix via the Vancouver Sun,
It’s official: Hockey Canada announced Monday that Saskatoon and Regina have landed the 2010 world junior hockey championships.
The Saskatoon/Regina group had been bidding on either the 2010 or 2012 championships.
“You started the bar to grow in this championship and I know we’ll be able to do a better and better job every time we host in this province,” said Hockey Canada’s Bob Nicholson as he made the announcement.