by Lisa McRitchie on 12/26/11 at 04:15 PM ET
As popular as the IIHF World Juniors are, I have always loved the Spengler Cup. This is a Swiss tournament that is held in what looks like a giant ski lodge, and ABBA can be heard on the sound system during seemingly every single stoppage in play. For those of us who do not, or cannot watch much European hockey, this is often our only chance to see the differences from North American play.
Last year Team Canada was runner up to SKA Saint Petersburg, and this year, who knows? I think that that is why I get enjoyment from this tournament; the surprises and all of the logos on the ice and jerseys. Not to mention the Skoda cars in the arena itself.
This year’s Team Canada is coached by Marc Crawford and the most high profile name on the roster is goaltender Marty Turco. Most players on this roster are playing in the Swiss league, but there are three on loan from the AHL:
eam Canada’s first game will be this afternoon at 12:00 MST on TSN. This will of course be in direct competition with the World Juniors games, but this is perhaps why so many of us have PVRs and that handy dandy recall button on our remotes.
No matter what hockey or tournaments you watch today and throughout the week, may you enjoy it.
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