Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Great article here by ESPN writer Scott Burnside.
I has a great time this past Thursday as I was there for both games. Watching Russia vs Finland was a treat to watch as I was 5 rows above the Finnish goal to watch Ovie setup for one timers!
That was a great game to watch as Russia showed great effort to not become irrelevant like Team USA in this tournament and on the world stage. In fact, if Russia did lose, it would have been another wasted effort with the talent they have.
And then there was the second game. USA vs Czech Republic. All I can say is with a late power play opportunity, down by one in the third period - Big Buff was on the bench!?
Such a shame since he was the best player for them and showed all night what Torteralla and the management team wanted (or thought they had) from the team. However you had Niskanen, and Jack Johnson at the point. At least put the Big Buff in front of the net.
But the game ended and frustrations came out in an end of game skirmish.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Monday, September 19, 2016
After a disappointing loss to Sweden, Russia will be in tough against the surprising Team NA tonight. If NA beats Russia, they have to be taken as serious contenders to win the tournament.
Up next for USA is team Canada. This will be an all out war since the management team built the team to beat Canada. Unfortunately, based on the 3-0 loss to Europe, it seems the forgot about the rest of the competition. I think Europe has taken up the challenge to show the world of hockey that they are not some glorified shinny team. I had Canada and USA making it through, but I think Europe might be on a mission to take that #2 spot.
Imagine a Europe vs NA final....that would be amazing to see! A true shocker.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
I for one have genuinely missed the classic best on best tournament. My earliest memories as a child is the '87 Canada Cup and the famous series winner scored by the Mario Lemieux on a setup by Wayne Gretzky.
Now it's back with an interesting twist. Two original teams not ties to any nation - the under 23 North American team and Team Europe. Both are interesting in their own right.
I think Team Europe has looked slow and out of place, while NA looks super-fast and ready to show the world how talented they are to complete against the veterans.
Here are my predictions for the WCOH:
1. CAN vs 2. RUS
1. SWE vs 2. USA
CAN vs USA - CAN in 3