December 30 2011 10:53AM
I love Christmas. It’s always been a big thing in my household, down from family traditions on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to going WAY overboard on gifts, to trying to cram as much turkey and dessert into myself as possible over 3-5 days. When you grow up in a household that places such a value on Christmas, once the holiday is over, there’s an inevitable letdown.
Luckily for me, I’ve always had the World Junior Hockey Championships to fall back on. My grandma, who is likely the biggest hockey fan you could ever meet(definitely the biggest fan who is 4’10” and has white hair) and I carried the Canadian holiday tradition of watching games and screaming at teenagers for years. Waking up early, watching the games, trying to pick out who would be the future stars of the tournament, and enjoying the games made the holiday seem longer, and gave me something to look forward to after Christmas and even after New Year’s.
December 29 2011 11:44PM
Vancouver waltzed into Anaheim, played one of the worst teams in hockey, and waltzed out rather easily with two points. They got a bit of flashy goaltending and had to compete for eyes with a brilliant Alamo Bowl game which featured about eleventy touchdowns, but overall it was a fine performance. The Sedins capitalized on their chances and they will be talked about in depth tomorrow, but more things happened in this game.
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December 29 2011 07:58PM
Mason Raymond does actually like going to the net.
So Mason Raymond is going to the net more, you say? Thom Drance has been fighting this battle, arguing Raymond's been no different this year from last, but it's hard for people to let go of what they 'see'.
Perhaps some visuals will help us assess this popular belief. Here's a run down of every single Raymond goal from last year.
December 29 2011 04:23PM
It is not unusual for a professional athlete to be revered in the city he makes his home in during the season, but hated in most of the rest of the country or continent. In competitive sports, one team always has to win, and one team always has to lose. Teams that win more often than not are usually more hated than teams that lose more often than not (success breeds jealously), and in the past few years we have seen that highlighted with the suddenly successful (and suddenly hated) Canucks.
December 29 2011 01:49PM
Canada plays for the second night in a row, but it should have no bearing on the outcome of this game. The Canadians are rolling right now with 13 goals for and only 1 against, the penalty kill is at 100% and they are getting goals from everyone. In the last game, expectations were put on guys like Mark Scheifele and Ryan Strome; they delivered. Scheifele had two goals in the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic and it seems that one of Canada's biggest strengths when they assemble these teams every year, is that when they need someone to step up, they do.
It's always been a feather in the cap of Hockey Canada and the coaching staff, as to how quickly these teams come together with such limited preparation time.