Canada wins Game 1 of World Cup Final

Jeff Veillette
September 27 2016 11:51PM

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Look, I'm not going to bore you with a lot of details here, because this game probably already did a pretty damn good job of boring you with its action. Or lack thereof, rather. Team Canada cruised it's way to an easy 3-1 victory in front of a half-full and nearly entirely indifferent Air Canada Centre, setting itself up for a game that actually matters on Thursday night. 

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WCOH Final 1: Canada vs. Europe

Jeff Veillette
September 27 2016 02:45PM

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It may not be the most perfect narrative, but it certainly could have been worse. In one corner, we have Canada, a team that everybody expected to be here, with a suffocatingly high level of talent and execution of their system that has found a way to make greatness seem almost boring. In the other, we have Team Europe, a group of players who are old, wise, have never really played together, and may never play together again, looking to upset goliath on their own ice.

It's not very likely at all, but hey, let's make the most of the occasion.

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Canada advances to final with commanding victory over Russia

Jeff Veillette
September 24 2016 11:09PM

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Canada vs. Russia on a Saturday night. Can anything top that? Well, one could argue that a lot of things could in 2016. While the two giants comprised what used to be hockey's greatest international rivalry, today's game didn't carry that vibe. In fact, it didn't really carry much of a vibe; while the lead had a changeover that gave the illusion of competitiveness, Canada maintained a staggeringly lopsided level of control in a 5-3 win that felt even bigger.

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WCOH Postgame: Canada coast to 6-0 victory over Czech Republic

Jeff Veillette
September 17 2016 10:03PM

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It's opening day at the World Cup of Hockey, and all the gloom, doom, debates, and debacles have been thrown out the window. Whether this oddball event makes any sense is irrelevant; all that matters is that the puck is on the ice, and so are the world's best.

"World's best" is a key phrase there. As always, the pressure is higher for Canada to succeed than anybody else. They're the perennial Olympic powerhouse, and while the average degree of difficulty has tilted up, a team with a tradition of dominance should be able to shake such a roadblock off.

If today's game was any indication, they're going to have no trouble doing just that, as they cruised to an easy 6-0 win against the Czech Republic.

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Henrik Sedin named Captain of Sweden; Daniel to wear A

Jeff Veillette
September 05 2016 12:23PM

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If any of you were planning on picking up a Team Sweden jersey ahead of this year's World Cup of Hockey, you'll notice that they'll look a little closer to your Canucks jersey than initially anticipated. Not that that's a bad thing; quite the opposite really, as the Sedin Twins will wear their NHL letters on their international jerseys later this month.

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