Canadian Juniors Win Gold
Easily the highlight of the night is Canada’s junior hockey team winning gold at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Ottawa. Summary articles from CBC, TSN and Sportsnet can be seen here — Canadian Juniors Dump Sweden — Canada Defeats Sweden — Canada Wins 5th Straight Gold Medal. Great to see the boys in red come out and battle hard with a four goal spread to show for it. (Image source: The Canadian Press via TSN.ca)
The game was never in doubt but Sweden did make it interesting. This could have easily ended 3 to 2 for either team; while the Canadian kids were stronger on the ice Sweden had many chances on the powerplay. Strong special teams won the tournament for Canada.
Powerplay, Penalty Kill… who needs even strength?
With 21 of 45 goals scored on the powerplay and Canada boasting a strong penalty kill even strength was just something “that had to happen”. Alright, that is a bit rediculous… but special teams was great for Canada. Another constant that needs to be mentioned was the netminder between the pipes, young Mr. Tokarski. He held the team in there and had a strong game after a mediocre showing against Russia.
“The may not have been the best on paper, they may not have been the smoothest team on the ice… but the Canadian juniors were the best team, period.”
Hats off to the entire team, coaching staff and management. Team Canada, you deserve the celebration you are holding tonight. Go Canada Go.
Cody Hodgson has a great showing
Cody Hodgson not only lead the tournament in points but was one of the most consistent players on Team Canada. 16 points to show for his effort — powerplay time, penalty kill time and some double shifting during even strength.
I understand that once the hype machine was in motion no one was going to take the MVP away from Tavares. If anyone deserved it more it would be Hodgson; while he didn’t stand out in any one game like Tavares did he played and made a difference game in and game out.
Vancouver Canucks fans should be proud and excited to have this kid in the organization. Next year’s roster will be that much more interesting with another centerman in the fold. Hodgson will be in that lineup come September 2009.