Not Quite For Canada

Congratulations to the U.S. junior squad for grabbing gold in Ufa after their 3-1 win over Sweden, and cheers to Russia for winning bronze, although I say it with a severe case of lack of enthusiasm after Team Canada fell to the home country 6-5 in overtime.

Canada clawed their way back a couple of times after being down by two, and throughout the third period and into overtime they had numerous chances, including ringing the rubber off goal posts not once but twice. But it wasn’t to be.

It’s always tough to see young hockey players lose a heartbreaker, especially when it’s your own country. But that’s sports. The agony and the ecstasy. And in the ecstasy department, the Americans, in their game against the Swedes, rebounded in the second period after being down by one, with little Californian Rocco Grimaldi scoring twice to put his team in the lead, a lead they never surrendered.

One player who caught my eye throughout the tournament was Mikhail Grigorenko, who went 12th in the 2012 entry draft, selected by Buffalo. Montreal, of course, chose Alex Galchenyuk third. Grigorenko is a big, long-legged smoothie, and has a chance of becoming a Jean Beliveau-type player, or on the other hand, maybe a Benoit Pouilot-type player. And believe me, it’s not easy to mention these players in the same breath. Please don’t misconstrue my Jean Beliveau analogy.

Next year the tourney will take place in Malmo, Sweden, which means another two weeks of extremely early games for us on this side of the pond. Malmo is the birthplace of siren Anita Ekberg, if you’re interested.

anita-ekberg

Anita

3 thoughts on “Not Quite For Canada”

  1. Extremely early games on this side of the pond, of course, unless you are there in Malmo. I have about ten months to persuade (manipulate, beg, bargain, plead) with my husband to forgo any Christmas presents and plan a trip to watch one junior’s game +ski. Shhhhhh…….

  2. Marjo, I’ll go with you!
    I don’t believe you’re an ex-NHL fan. You’re just angry right now. I know you love the game and the Habs too much. But I really know where you’re coming from. I’m mad too. But eventually we’ll see that beautiful CH on the sweater again and it’ll be a lovely sight. And imagine if they win it all.

  3. Dennis, I am SO serious about Malmo. I even borrowed the Sweden Lonely Planet book at the library last week. If you guys go, that would be AWESOME!!

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