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Thursday, December 15, 2016

TEAM CANADA CUTS SAM STEEL, FOUR OTHERS

BOISBRIAND, Que. - The dream of playing in the world junior hockey championship is over for five players cut from Canada's team on Wednesday night.

Goaltender Michael McNiven of the Owen Sound Attack, defencemen Guillaume Brisebois of the Charlottetown Islanders and Samuel Girard of the Shawinigan Cataractes, and forwards Sam Steel of the Regina Pats and Zach Senyshyn of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds got the bad news from Hockey Canada brass shortly after the team's 8-0 victory over the Czech Republic in a pre-tournament game.

"It's always difficult, especially this year and especially after this game - those guys pushed it down to the wire,'' said coach Dominique Ducharme. "The part that's not fun is to meet the five guys and tell them they didn't make it, but we're really happy with the 22 guys we have and we look forward to moving ahead with those guys.''

There were 31 players when the team selection camp opened on Sunday. Four were cut on Tuesday - defenceman Victor Mete of the London Knights and forwards Brett Howden of the Moose Jaw Warriors, Nick Merkley of the Kelowna Rockets and Austin Wagner of the Pats.

The final roster for the Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 tournament in Toronto and Montreal has two goalies, seven defencemen and 13 forwards.

The surprise cut was Girard, a skilled, attacking rearguard who looked good in camp.

"I think it was a question of fit for them,'' said Girard, a Nashville Predators second-round draft pick who should get another chance to make the world junior squad next year. `"I'll go back to my junior team and perform there and be ready for next year.''

McNiven was in tough from the beginning, but made it a close battle with Carter Hart and Connor Ingram for the two goaltending jobs.

"I was the underdog but other than the first game I was pretty impressed with myself,'' said McNiven, a Montreal Canadiens prospect. "I just hope the boys have a good time and bring home gold.''

Senyshyn, picked 15th overall by Boston in 2015, said he was disappointed but ``I got to play with a lot of incredible players. I won't forget the experience.''

Steel, picked 30th overall by Anaheim in June, looks forward to getting another chance to make the team next season.

"It's tough now but I'm sure I'll get through it and hopefully learn from it,'' said Steel. "I thought I played a decent game, but there a lot of good players here.''

(CP)

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm sure it'll be a talented Team Canada, but it would have been nice to see Sam Steel show the rest of the hockey world what we're enjoying here in Regina.

Anonymous said...

So now the Pats are "Canada's Team" huh? You need a good long rest, Pedersen. Hey, How 'bout retirement?

Anonymous said...

As the Iron Sheik would paraphrase E-Ran #1 - Canada hock phatooey - he's better off playing for Regina with Paddock and keeping his eye on the prize a Memorial Cup. I cheer for the USA in this tournament anyway. When you have resources poured into this and our indigenous people living in third world conditions forget it.

Rod Pedersen said...

I didn't write the article ... but perhaps you should retire from reading this website.

Anonymous said...

Ah, out of the cold and back to the lowlifes on the blog hey Rod. I'm sure that guy wishes his blowup doll was half as good looking as your beautiful wife.

Anonymous said...

Let's have a game between the Pats and Team Canada and see who does what in that tilt. Pats lose 5-4 in a shootout!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure there are kids all across the CHL along with their fans who are holding the nose again this year! It's little wonder why Canada can't bring home the gold anymore with this group of bafoons in charge. When you look at some of the players kept and some of those released, it's not hard to see why Canada is becoming an also ran at this tournament.

Anonymous said...

It makes teams wonder I'm sure why they even send their elite players to this camp knowing the Hockey Canada mentality.

Anonymous said...

LMAO and American resources don't get poured in to elite American sport programs while poor people in America suffer???? Get a clue!

And why the focus on only "indigenous" (protip: indigenous means 'originating or occurring naturally in a particular place'; as all humans are indigenous to Africa and no humans are indigenous to North America, First Nations can't possibly be indigenous to this land) when there's a wide demographic of people in this country who suffer from poverty?

Could it be because you're a racist??

Anonymous said...

This team was picked with Montreal market in mind. That's an irrefutable fact and probably the reason this team will once again fail to win gold.

dom said...

Loser!!! Rod has forgot more about hockey than you will ever know. I can't believe how many jack a$$es post $hit on this website who are disrespectful, unintelligent clowns. There's my rant. Have a good day Roddy

Anonymous said...

Anon thought the "Canada's team" reference in the article referred to the Pats? Wow, that's a special kind of stupid. Reading comprehension fail.

Anonymous said...

Wow! In the article, the team that they're referring to when they say "Canada's team" is the actual Canadian jr team.

Anonymous said...

BAHAHAHAHHAHA! An annon was ACTUALLY dumb enough to state that indigenous people are all from Africa and none from America!!!!!!!!!! Bahahahaaaaaaaaaaa! You can't fake that level of stooooopidity!!!

Rod, another idiot thought you called the Pats Canada's team when it wasn't said and it wasn't you writing it. More stooooooooopid!!!

Side note, team Canada should have had Steel on it 1000000% but with the Easterners calling the shots as usual we will once again have a no ballz team of premadonna's who have all been handed everything their whole lives just like the spots on this team were. We will be very lucky to finish top four with the Swede's Finn's and winners the good ol' USofA. Hockey Canada is a complete joke these days and it's showing in the results as of late.

Pon Jaddock

Anonymous said...

Love to see a second Team Canada entry of players the coaches didn't think were good enough.

Anonymous said...

On a good year the Quebec League is lucky to have three or at most four players on the team. This year they have six or seven…kinda tells you all you need to know. And the leading scorer in the WHL can't make the team…again…Sure! Pretty sure team canada will all be home in time to watch the finals on the tube..

Anonymous said...

Uh ya so we know for a fact that humans evolved in Africa and migrated everywhere else.

Including all humans who ever lived in the Americas.

You might want to read some basic information on the history of humankind.

Anonymous said...

Only time will tell if the right choices were made in terms of the players who made the final cut. Sam Steel is obviously a first rate talent in not only the WHL but also the CHL. The issue I have with this team over the past few seasons is an apparent need for Hockey Canada to have certain players fill certain 'roles'. Think back to the years we were clobbering people, winning five gold medals in a row; we didn't have a designated face - off guy or defensive forward, we rolled out four lines that scared the s$%t out of other teams. Hopefully Ducharme and company made the right choices but as stated we will know in the next couple of weeks.

As a Pats fan, having Wagner and Steel returned only helps this club to sustain their early season prowess. I'm sure many WHL teams were somewhat dismayed to see these two sent back.

Anonymous said...

no you no for a fact we "evolved". your gramps was a chimp right? lol The deluded masses...lol

Anonymous said...

The Republic of Western Canada sounds better to me everyday.

3RD and 1 said...

Misread, Misinformed and charges to accuse. The ridiculous "Canada's team" being team Canada post sure sounds like an out of Province fan. The amount of jealousy that surrounds our humble Province of just over a Million people is astounding.
If you ever want to make yourself look like an instant TOOL. Use your jealousy to look for anything in an article that you can jump on. By doing so, read the article improperly. Then attack a person that didn't even write the article about something that doesn't even exist.

Anonymous said...

Football experts in the summer and fall, hockey experts in the winter. Makes you think.

Anonymous said...

So smilin Hank may be returning to Regina. How bout them Roughriders!

Dean said...

We have one guy who never read the article and two guys fighting over evolution. Priceless gold this blog is. It makes me laugh every time.

The other comments are informative. thanks


Anonymous said...

Why read all the goobly gluk b.s. when the article title says it all? Sam Steele cut, that's I want to know. Pats can now resume on their path.

Naed

Anonymous said...

Team Canada made a big mistake cutting Sam Steel.

It would have been great to watch Sam Steel and Austin Wagner play for Team Canada, but instead we now get to watch them play against Moose Jaw this weekend.

Best wishes to Filip Ahl (Sweden) and Sergey Zborovskiy (Russia), whom are still World Junior hopefuls.

Anonymous said...

Sad that Steel and Wagner did not make the team. Would have been more interested with some players that I know playing for Team Canada. But, glad that they are back with the Pats in time for the home and home series with MJ. GO PATS GO!

And, Anon #2, you really need to learn how to read and comprehend what you are reading.

Anonymous said...

Come on Saskatchewan, put all our faith in smiling Hank. He's our saviour next year.

Anonymous said...

Any time politics is allowed to make it's way into sport, it's going to eventually end bad. Politics don't win games, talented players do. The Quebec based HC is under the spotlight but ultimately Hockey Canada have to wear this one. The previous string of failures is proof enough this climate of political correctness has gone too far. This is a black eye for the process.

When an experienced hockey man like Paddock expresses himself the way he did on camera and in print, it's plenty good enough for me and I'm sure for a lot of hockey fans in this country.

Anonymous said...

We want smilin Hank,
we want smilin Hank,
we want smilin Hank!
He's a very angry intense player who wins football championships. Whooorahhhh!

Football Guru of Regina.

Anonymous said...

Politics have nothing to do with the fact that Steel can't play in his own end, and got cut for it.

Anonymous said...

+24, in 23 games, but can't play in his own end? I realize you are just trolling but get it together.

Canada will not be able to score with the group they have assembled, and Steel would have helped that. I think Hockey Canada stops looking at the big picture and over analyzes things. Since Jankowski has been involved, Canada has finsihed 4th, 4th, 1st(with McDavid) and 6th. Maybe time to change things up?

Anonymous said...

bahahaaha! Can't play in his own end! hahaha! That's when you know someone is a complete moron! They dont even know he's unbelievably reliable and everyone knows it in the hockey world! Except dumma$$e$ I guess!?!?!?!?

And on the evolution thing, we didn't evolve morons. And how the hell were the natives here before Columbus geniuses?? Musta swam?!?! bahaha morons....

Anonymous said...

We got some real fools on here today