Sunday, January 06, 2008
Canada Takes WJC Gold ... Again!
Given how many people play hockey in Canada, this country should dominate the world scene, especially at the junior levels.
For that reason, the World Junior Championships (U-20) is seemingly used as the ultimate measuring stick of Canadian hockey. Despite the fact that *anything* can happen in a short tournament, anything less than a Silver medal sends the press into a frenzy about how Canadian hockey isn't good enough, how we don't develop skill, etc ... No pressure, kiddos.
Well, a win over the evil Swedes sealed a fourth straight GOLD for Canada. It was nice since Sweden beat Canada earlier in the tournament, and because they are evil.
Position # Name Team
Goalkeeper 30 MASON Steve CAN
Defenseman 6 HEDMAN Victor SWE
Defenseman 8 DOUGHTY Drew CAN
Forward 15 BERGLUND Patrik SWE
Forward 11 TIKHONOV Viktor RUS
Forward 12 van RIEMSDYK James USA
Now, the DRIVE FOR FIVE begins :)
I thought the Slovaks performed well in comparison to recent years (i.e. their new program is a good idea). They had a couple of scoring lines instead of their usual one. Their defence seemed less panicky. They lost to Sweden on a last minute heart breaking goal, and played very well against Canada. Their only disappointing performance was against the Czechs. They won their final three games, including one against a very desperate team Switzerland. Slovakia received excellent goaltending from Julius Hudacek which certainly helped.Post a Comment