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Saturday, January 5, 2013

MEDAL STREAK BROKEN

UFA, Russia – Canada's National Junior Team has finished in fourth place at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship after a 6-5 overtime loss to Russia in Saturday's bronze medal game in Ufa. 
 
Canadian captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Burnaby, B.C./Oklahoma City, AHL) capped off an impressive World Juniors with a goal and three assists to give him 15 points for the tournament, tied for the fourth best single-year performance in Team Canada history.
 
Ryan Murphy (Aurora, Ont./Kitchener, OHL) had a goal and two assists and Jonathan Huberdeau (St-Jérôme, Que./Saint John, QMJHL) and Mark Scheifele (Kitchener, Ont./Barrie, OHL) finished with a goal and a helper each for the Canadians, who outshot Russia 45-25 and did most of the damage on the power play, going four-for-five with the man advantage. Brett Ritchie (Orangeville, Ont./Niagara, OHL) scored the other goal for Canada.

Entering this year, Canada had medalled at a record 14 consecutive IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010 and 2011 and bronze medals in 2000, 2001 and 2012.

(Courtesy Hockey Canada)

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

I cant help but think about how many times I was blasted on here by hockey so called know it alls for my negative comments and my lack of education on international junior hockey.
I still stand by my comments that our program has been sliding the last 5 years. Yes we won our first few games to get the buy. Yet the other 3 teams seemed to continue to progress and gel while it didnt seem to take place on team Canada.
There was no question the the USA was by far the best team in the tournament. We were just lucky to beat them the 1st time as we were out played in that game.

Steve said...

We just were not as talented as the other 3 teams that received medals. That is all!

Anonymous said...

Hockey Cnada has to look at the director of scouting and the way the team is selected. By annointing guys as starters and picking players by name rather than ability is wrong.

Ty Rimmer is the best goalie in the WHL on a very average team. I am confident he would have been better than anything we had. A number of years back Sutter picked guys who he knew could win gold. He based it on being gamers as opposed to being 1st round selections.

Canada has to get rid of Pendergast much like Edmonton did. They have to get coaches who think outside the box, and are not simply using this venue to expand their resumes. We have people who can assemble gold medal teams. They are usually people the old boys network at Hockey Canada dont want.

Anonymous said...

The teams Canada has been putting together the past few years seem less and less willing to relish the rest of the world putting a target on their back and overcoming that adversity. The days of Canada going to the tourney and being "gold or bust” are but a distant memory. No longer can Canada look at the other teams and say bring your best game cause it’s still not good enough. Some say other countries are developing and catching up, I say that Canada has slid back to the middle of the pack. Hockey Canada really needs to look at it’s development model because Canada was outclassed in terms of skill.

I loved how TSN banked their advertising in the Can/US games as MacKinnon vs Jones potential #1 picks. Well it’s pretty clear that Jones should go #1 to me. Jones stepped up, MacKinnon hid on the 4th line.

Anonymous said...

It's time for Canadians to realize that "it's not OUR game any more" and that if we show up, play our usual bone headed cheap shot, Don Cherry mentality of a game chances are we will be beat.

gswoodever said...

Obviously not enough WHLers !

Anonymous said...

The hockey world in Canada is in a crisis situation! It's time to have another major hockey summit. The world as we know it has come to an end! There is no hope anymore!

Anonymous said...

I think Hockey Canada drops the ball when it comes to coach selection. They should pick a head Coach and that is his ONLY coaching position for 3 years. That way tehre is continuity as well as allows the coach to scout all season not just show up at camp with the team already picked.

Look at what was done with the Spengler Cup coaching staff

Anonymous said...

Take off your blinders, people. Canada took hockey to the world and now the world is taking hockey to Canada. The Americans and Europeons know how to play the game. They have become the teacher and Canada has become an unwilling and reluctant student. Coaching? Scouting? No, our game has been left behind. How can you not see that?

Anonymous said...

You know when Clark Griswold stops the car in the rain and looks at his family then says, "I think you're all $#@$ed in the head."

Honestly that is my response when I read this stuff. When Brent Sutter had that Canada team in 2005 it was a variable who's who of bonafide NHL players who otherwise would not have been there. That was also 9 years ago so other countries have adjusted, to build their have put resources into hockey programs.

When Canada does not win a medal it is not a bad thing. If you are a hockey fan you must realize this is a good thing for hockey as it shows other countries they can compete if they put a plan in place.

Obama

willy said...

These teams are "ALL" very skilled and talented. Any team out of the top 4 can win this thing. Canada just lost in overtime so now a lot of you bone heads are saying they are not good enough. Lose by a goal in o.t. and you are not good enough ? hmmmmm . Just like the Rider losers on here . Durant throws an interception and he should be up for trade. Get a life , if it wasn't for Canada where the hell would you like to be?

Anonymous said...

Ya not winning a medal is a good thing, thats it isnt it OBAMA.
Give me a freakin break.
What a turd!

Anonymous said...

Okay fair game,

How does Canada not winning a medal in an annual tournament affect your life in particular? How has this had a significant impact on you?

There are 4 legitimate teams that can win this thing, and 2 that can be darkhorses. It's a round robin format, and then winner take all stakes. A break here a break there, and they wind up not getting a medal. Again how is this a bad thing?

When Canada was steamrolling 5 medals in a row what could have happened was teams could have said forget it, and not put any resources into Hockey development. After all it's Canada's game. Instead they worked their programs, and came up with plans. When the USA beat Canada the Head Coach a couple years ago said they had to become Canadian to do it. Canadian style hockey wins, and countries are picking up on this.

I go back to my original statement where Helen says, "...what do you think Clark?" and as Clark stops the car he makes that line. The Canadians are literally 10 hours from the Fun Park and you guys want to bail out.

Like I say it's all perspective. If you think I lose sleep over Team Canada, Saskatchewan Roughrider Football or Pats Hockey you've got another thing coming. Cliffhangers pertaining to Breaking Bad well that's another story.

Obama

Anonymous said...

It's obvious that for Canada to solve their recent slump at the WJC they need to look no further than hiring Obama as the new coach, and for multiple years. We are sure to win repeatedly. I mean how can you deny his ultimate wisdom in such matters? The man is a legend! Neil

Anonymous said...

Canada usually Bangs!! This team did not, looks like they picked a team for the big ice, but this team got away from the Canadian way... Bang and discourage. Nobody was looking over there shoulder against this team!

Anonymous said...

We nec more WHL players on the team

Anonymous said...

Obama, does everything in your life revolve around a quote from a movie or TV show? Just asking. As for the rest of you, Canada lost, big deal. Shut the TV off and go outside. There is more to life than hockey. Come back inside by 2:30 though cause the NFL playoffs start!!!

Anonymous said...

Ya NFL playoffs!! Bengals!!!

Anonymous said...

What happened those Canadian teams that had heart and soul? The last two years it just didn't like they gave two craps about being out there.

Anonymous said...

We (Canadians) have become arrogant to the international hockey scene. We expect it's our tournament to lose when in reality we are one of 4-5 countries that have an equal opportunity to win. That's thecwaybit goes ...l

Anonymous said...

Comment #3:

Ty Rimmer is 20 years old and therefore ineligible.

Knowledge is power!

Anonymous said...

nfl nfl nfl !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Looks like the NHL strike has affected fans passion for hockey altogether. from some of the comments above sounds like we don’t even expect the national teams to excel....

Anonymous said...

It's the mentality of people like Obama that are allowing our junior program to slide into mediocrity. The higher uppers at Hockey Canada have gotten too complacent and no longer have the motivation to put together a team that wants to win the gold and nothing else. Now they are throwing out the excuses that "oh we aren't going to win gold every year, the world has gotten so much better". And we are supposed to accept this? NO! We need to get back to the basics and put together a team that has the talent to win and, more importaintly, WANTS to win. If we aren't in it to win it, what's the point?


Dubya

Anonymous said...

The NHL, the players and the owners have killed any desire that, after the last labour dispute, had been rekindled. I have not watched more than maybe a half period of hockey since about 1998 and will not watch any more, nor will I buy any licensed product again. For that I probably should thank the greedy bastards.

Anonymous said...

A crew of teeny boppers lost a tournament. Holy crap! Let it go. As far as Incan see, the Sun came up in the East.

At the end of the day, the tourny is good. Quit crying and congratulate good hockey teams! Be a good sportsman or woma


Anonymous said...

Help ! I'm In a nutshell ! How did I get Into this nutshell ? Look at the size of this bloody big nutshell ! What sort of shell has a nut like this ? This Is crazy, Answer- obama.

Anonymous said...

To easy,

Austin Powers.

Obama

Anonymous said...

Hey Obama,

How come a self-professed genius can't spell? It's "too" not "to". And it's "veritable", not "variable".

Anonymous said...

I try to right to the readership level of my audience.

Obama