January 5th, 2009

Canada won their 5th straight Gold medal in a sold out Ottawa building that fans shook with emotion.

Along with proudly booing everytime the puck went near the Swedish goaltender and big mouth Swedish player that put his foot in his mouth . You see you never say a word before a big game or playoffs that can be used as motivation by the other team in hockey.

The Swedish goaltender who had a great tournament has been stellar in the Swedish Elite league playing against men this season. But when Canada came crashing the net instead of keeping his composure, he flopped and acted like a young Dominik Hasek. Falling all over the ice so many times, he became public enemy number one for the fans.

The Canadians were once again dynamite throughout this huge tilt showing  that Canada is a hockey super power every year at this event.

Two players who will be playing in the NHL next season, sure fire first rounder John Tavares will be playing for the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa the Nations Capital. Right Ottawa ? This is a joke obviously but the way the Sens are playing, they may yet get a lottery pick and get a shot at  Tavares.

The other player that will be playing next season who almost made NHL club this season is Cody Hodgson who was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks. Mike Gillis, the Canucks GM has his player personal director all over Hodgson making sure he eats right, sleeps right and does everything he can to be ready to step in next season. For my money this kid was the best player for Canada in  the tournament, because as a former coach I love when players do everything that Hodgson does. He can score, he hits, he plays on all special teams.

Difference in this game was Canada came out ready and forced the Swede’s hard on the puck and pounded them at every chance. Then, like previously  mentioned the Swedish goalie opened up like a can of Swedish meatballs, opening up a window for Canadian ownership once again in Ottawa.

Pat Quinn’s coaching staff was excellent on special teams. The Power Play  was scary to say the least, you could not have asked for more timely goals especially tonight’s Gold medal game at the start of the 3rd period on fresh ice.That goal was Swedens back breaker without a doubt.

Canada is just dominate in World Jr tournaments and it goes without saying if you pull on the Canadian sweater, there is tremendous pride that goes with it!


Steve Yzerman met his executives Ken Holland, Kevin Lowe and Doug Armstrong in Montreal to start serious discussions about what players will get a chance to play for Canada. They narrowed their player list down to a group of roughly 40 plus players who will be watched closely during the second half of the NHL season.

The task of choosing the team is the toughest part of the job, but it’s not the only thing the group must consider. Yzerman hopes to have his coaching staff in place by the end of the spring and plans to hold a camp for prospective players in late August.


Look for Detroit’s, Mike Babcock to get the nod from his boss Stevie Y as Head Coach. Babcock seems to have the temperament to handle today’s superstars in Detroit and winning his first Stanley Cup will go a long way for the management that involves two of his bosses in Detroit.

After Babcock it will depend heavily on the type of system they want to play and the type of players they choose to play for Canada’s next world stage entry. Columbus’s Ken Hitchcock as always will get a close look but hopefully they bring in some new blood to devise a system that brings home Canada hockey dominance in Vancouver.

For Hockey God I’m Dave Frost

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