CGD: For all the golden marbles (Canada/USA)

Embed from Getty Images Welp, this is it. Rebounding quite nicely off of a disappointing 2016 tournament, and doing well to pull themselves out of a tough spot against the Swedes last night, the Canadians will take on the United States of America in an epic grudge match at the Bell Centre, to decide the…

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POSTGAME: Europe puts up a good fight, but Canada comes out on top

Photo Credit: Winslow Townson/USA TODAY SPORTS Nobody expected Team Europe to get as far as they did. Pockets of players had played together before, on their own international teams, on professional teams, but there was never much of a chemistry building period for this group. That didn’t matter, though, as they took a shorter warm-up…

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Team Canada sweeps, wins 2016 World Cup of Hockey

Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS Well, that does it. With another commanding win over Team Europe, the Canadians have flexed their muscles again and won the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, sweeping the final series in two games. I actually wrote this post seven hours before puck drop and scheduled it to publish at…

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WCOH Final 2: Canada vs. Europe

This time, there’s something on the line. Tonight, Team Canada will have a chance to put Team Europe behind them and get a chance to win their second consecutive World Cup of Hockey. Granted, it’s been twelve years since the last one and only two players have returned for this tournament, but run with me…

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Canada wins Game 1 of World Cup Final

Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS Look, I’m not going to bore you with a lot of details here, because this game probably already did a pretty damn good job of boring you with its action. Or lack thereof, rather. Team Canada cruised it’s way to an easy 3-1 victory in front of a half-full…

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WCOH Final 1: Canada vs. Europe

It may not be the most perfect narrative, but it certainly could have been worse. In one corner, we have Canada, a team that everybody expected to be here, with a suffocatingly high level of talent and execution of their system that has found a way to make greatness seem almost boring. In the other,…

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Canada advances to final with commanding victory over Russia

Photo Credit: Kevin Souza/USA TODAY SPORTS Canada vs. Russia on a Saturday night. Can anything top that? Well, one could argue that a lot of things could in 2016. While the two giants comprised what used to be hockey’s greatest international rivalry, today’s game didn’t carry that vibe. In fact, it didn’t really carry much…

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WCOH Postgame: Russia beats North America in thriller

Photo Credit: Dan Hamlton/USA TODAY SPORTS We wanted fast paced, high energy hockey, and boy, did we ever get it. This was a game that not only lived up to expectation¬†but pulled up the rest of the games surrounding it to really drive home the World Cup of Hockey’s entertainment value, if not its oft-debated…

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VIDEO: McDavid, Matthews, Scheifele combine for high-flying first tally

Photo Credit: Kevin Sousa/USA TODAY SPORTS Hockey fans at the Air Canada Centre got a bit of a taste of both their future and that of the National Hockey League, as Canadian franchise centrepieces Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, and Mark Scheifele combined for a jaw-dropping first period tally in Team North America’s game against Russia.

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WCOH Game 2: North America vs Russia

In a short tournament like the World Cup of Hockey, stamina is a major X-factor. Your legs need to be moving during the game, and from game to game, and any hesitance will burn you. For team North America and Team Russia, they’ll have their gas tanks put to the test tonight, as they each…