The tournament doesn’t start until Boxing Day but there is a lot of chatter so thought I would start a thread now. I don’t know much in depth about any team but Canada has only two players returning from last year and apparently the US is the early favourite.
I’ll be tuning in!
I recognize a few of these guys from the OHL like Beck, Rehkopf, Cowan.
Should be fun to watch
More on Team Canada:
Seen a few players playing in Saskatoon, on the home team and visitor teams.
Well Canada received one NHL player which can’t hurt. Thanks Boston. They had left one spot open so maybe they had an inkling this would happen. Wonder what it would take for Chicago to allow Bedard to play? Ah, never mind.
Not sure how much I’ll get to watch this year but my oldest was asking about hockey the other day so maybe I can talk the wife into letting us put on a couple Canada games.
Two things that concern me for Canada:
Not enough WHL players
Goaltending corps seems weak
how does this power structure happen to married men? do guys get married because they need bosses? lol
My observation is that it’s just an inevitable part of marriage. Most men don’t know that an important word in the women’s traditional marriage oath was dropped decades ago so it no longer reads “love, honour, obey and control”. But seriously, the answer is simple and the same as always. Men like to have sex.
Thanks for cross posting this.
There’s a good read in these rankings applicable to the tournament. There is a summary of how many players each team has in the tournament. Only Edmonton and Colorado have none.
Well, we also have 3 kids aged 3 and under so it’s not like we get a lot of time to watch TV. If we do flip it on for a few minutes in the evening before bed, I’m not going to put on something my wife hates.
oh wow for some reason I thought your kids were older. yea I remember those days when mine were young - any personal time was very valuable.
Didn’t see the game but Canada handily but sloppily beat the Swiss in a pre tournament game. If you click on the link the video included with the article shows the scoring highlights. Canda’s goaltending looked awfully bad, especially on the last goal.
Unfortunately Canada’s expected best player and projected # 1 overall draft pick Celebrini cranked a Swiss player from behind so that his forehead collided violently with the dasher. Almost certainly will be a one game suspension and deservedly so.
At least they’re consistent. We seem to be able to count on 2 things from Canada in the pre-tournament each year: goaltending questions and a suspension for playing too rough.
Today’s World Junior update and discussion on Celebrini’s hit.
Canada lost to tournament favourite US in OT in the last pre tournament game before the tournament opens on the 26th. Canada plays Finland.
Miraculously Celebrini, who scored twice tonight, wasn’t suspended. Canada did have to replace two of their defenceman last minute due to injury/illness.
What I don’t like in those kind of hits is that half the time the guy who gets hurt has his back to the play and is just far enough off the boards that when they get hit they are going to bounce or fall - and never in a good way.
Reality in my view is they set themselves up to get hurt. In those places on the ice - you need to do what it takes to see that hit coming - because it is coming, and if you are not prepared its gonna hurt.
Canada happy with yesterday’s game despite a sub par first two periods. They dominated the 3rd and scored 2 to tie despite losing in OT to the tournament favourites.
A preview of Canada’s opening game against Finland and how to watch.
Early morning face off against Finland
10 minutes in, still 0-0