Oh Canada!

Team Canada plays the Americans today in the latest battle with our friends to the south. The World Juniors have a special place in the hearts of this nation, partly because it’s a preview of coming attractions (see photo). Edmonton Oiler fans have learned to pay special attention to the World Juniors over the years. It’s a chance to see future Oilers and has been from the beginning.

Pick a former Oiler star and chances are he played for Team Canada at the World Junior’s. Here’s a partial list:

  • Dave Hunter 7gp, 6-0-6 (1977)
  • Wayne Gretzky 6gp, 8-9-17 (1978)
  • Marc Habscheid 7gp, 6-6-12 (1982)
  • Gord Sherven 7gp, 1-3-4 (1983)
  • Jeff Beukeboom 3gp, 1-0-1 (1985)
  • Selmar Odelein 7gp, 1-5-6 (1985)
  • Emanuel Viveiros 7gp, 1-1-2 (1986)
  • Martin Gelinas 7gp, 0-2-2 (1989)
  • Geoff Smith 7gp, 0-1-1 (1989)
  • Ralph Intranuovo 7gp, 3-2-5 (1993)
  • Tyler Wright 7gp, 3-3-6 (1993)
  • Nick Stadjuhar 7gp, 1-4-5 (1994)
  • Ryan Smyth 7gp, 2-5-7 (1995)
  • Mike Watt 5gp, 1-2-3 (1996)
  • Boyd Devereaux 7gp, 4-0-4 (1997)
  • Jason Chimera 7gp, 2-2-4 (1999)
  • Jarret Stoll 7gp, 0-2-2 (2001)
  • Danny Syvret 6gp, 1-2-3 (2005)
  • Andrew Cogliano 6gp, 1-4-5 (2006)
  • Andrew Cogliano 6gp, 1-2-3 (2007)
  • Sam Gagner 6gp, 0-0-0 (2007)
  • Jordan Eberle 6gp, 6-7-13 (2009)
  • Jordan Eberle 6gp, 8-5-13 (2010)
  • Taylor Hall 6gp, 6-6-12 (2010)

Curtis Hamilton and Olivier Roy joined that list this season. That’s a helluva list.

The ultimate prize awaits four teams: Canada, Russia, Sweden and the United States of America. Canada is not the favorite, in fact a reasonable seeding would have them 3rd behind the Swedes and the defending champions. Never go against Canada when the sporting event takes place on ice or involves drinking adult beverages WITH ice. It’s a loser’s bet.

Game time for RUS-SWE is 1:30 this afternoon and the CAN-USA game goes at 5pm. tsn has the video and Team 1260 the audio.

Bless you boys, bring back the Zeta-Jones.

  • Shaun Doe

    Thats it, Wanye I am calling you out! Bring back that America guy from the Olympics so that the loyal readers of the nation may take turns throwing burning bags of poo at his (most likely) undersized groin!

  • GSC

    USA Hockey just doesn’t get it, and probably never will at this rate.

    They continue to have a hard-on for NCAA players in selecting their roster for this tournament, and other than last year’s gold medal (on the shoulders of a OHL goaltender), what has that preference done for them?

    • ebbandflow

      Jack Campbell wasn’t in the OHL last year when he helped win gold for the US. Other than that, I agree. It’s hard to win when you don’t take the best possible team.

      Granted I don’t know if this US team was the best possible team or not, but they have been reluctant in the past to take CHLers.

      I still don’t understand why the United States were favoured. They won gold last year but didn’t do much to actually win it.

      If Jake Allen doesn’t serve 3 goals up on a giant silver platter (not to mention the OT stinker on Allen), the game isn’t close.

      You can’t win a game (as we saw when Sweden beat Canada in the round robin) when your goaltending gives up 4 bad goals.

  • Jerk Store

    Game plan obviously to take the body at every opportunity. Ties in with GSC comment. NCAA can be cheap / dirty but not as “in your face” physical as CHL. Nice to see WHL guys carrying the mail. Props to Hamilton who moves from 13th forward at start of tournament to top line. Not the smoothest skater I have seen but he is big, goes to tough areas and is very responsible. ~Now can we make him a center and teach him to take draws~.