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2010 Winter Olympics: Canada vs. Switzerland, Highlights & Analysis

February 19th, 2010 2 Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Coming into tonight’s game against Switzerland, there was plenty of mention of the 2006 Winter Olympics—the year Switzerland beat Canada by a score of 2-0. For Switzerland, their victory was akin to the American’s Miracle On Ice of 1980—nobody thought the Swiss would beat the mighty Canadians, comparatively, for Canada, the loss was a wake up call and cause for embarrassment. Canada’s loss in 2006 stung not only the players, it penetrated an entire nation. Canada is widely regarded as hockey’s cream of the crop and a loss to Switzerland was both unacceptable and alarming. Canada’s roster has changed significantly since the 2006 Olympics. Of those that were on Canada’s roster in 2006, only eight players are returning—Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer, Dany Heatley, Jarome Iginla, Rick Nash, Eric Staal

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Brian Burke Is Right: NHL Teams Should Be Allowed To Trade Salary

February 18th, 2010 No Comments

Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke is often looked upon as a bully in NHL circles. His crass demeanor and aggressive nature with the media makes Burke one of the most feared general managers in NHL hockey. Let’s face it, nobody is under the impression that the “P” in the middle of Brian Burke’s name stands for Penelope, however, you may find more than a few people in NHL circles that are willing to bet it is a five letter word that rhymes with “slick”. To be fair, Burke’s gruff nature is up for debate—I for one love his demeanor and swagger. One thing is definite, Burke is an innovator, the type of GM that looks outside the box for answers, the type of GM that is always willing to take calculated risks, and a guy that is always

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Olympic Games: Can We Trim The Fat On Hockey?

February 17th, 2010 2 Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter If you are a Canadian or a fan of hockey, you have taken the time to tune into the Olympic Hockey Tournament. Thus far, we are yet to witness anything that resembles a real hockey game, in fact, for the most part, we have witnessed a select few teams dismantle their opponents, most notably in the Woman’s tournament; especially Canada’s 18-0 record breaking drubbing of Slovakia. To be fair, the men’s tournament hasn’t exactly been riveting thus far either. Tuesday marked the beginning of the men’s games featuring Team USA vs. Switzerland, which, despite its 3-1 outcome, was a complete bore, followed by an 8-0 win for Canada vs. Norway and a convincing 8-2 win for the Russians over Latvia. Needless to say, if you are a fan of Russia and Canada on

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Canada Vs. Norway: Highlights and Analysis

February 17th, 2010 1 Comment

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Four years after finishing an embarrassing seventh in Turin (2006), Canada’s Men’s Olympic Hockey Team started on it’s journey towards redemption in front of a capacity crowd—and the legend himself, Wayne Gretzky in attendance, in Vancouver. With the crowd decked out in a sea of red and white and the benefit of having Vancouver’s golden boy, Roberto Luongo, in between the pipes, Canada looked poised to demolish a virtually unknown Norwegian squad that primarily features players from the German, Swedish and Russian Leagues. Given Canada’s stacked lineup it is easy to understand why expectations are so high. That said, the Norwegian team has the benefit of familiarity—something Canada will have to try to develop as the Olympic Tournament goes on. It is this familiarity, combined with a defense first hockey system that much

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Canada’s Men’s Hockey Team Will Win Olympic Gold: Here’s Why

February 16th, 2010 No Comments

Every four years, Canadian hockey fans wait impatiently for the announcement of Canada’s hockey roster. In the end, regardless of the names on the back of the sweaters, the expectation is always the same—a gold medal. Historically, Canada has fared well at the Olympics, but they are hardly the unbeatable force that many hockey fans label them to be. Canada’s hockey teams have a proud Olympic history, one which has seen Canada bring home two bronze medals (1956, 1968), four silver medals (1936, 1960, 1992, 1994), and seven gold medals (1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1948, 1952, 2002). A little quick math tells us that Canada has earned 13 medals in total. That means Canada failed to medal (never mind bring home the gold) on 10 occasions. What it all means is this: Regardless of expectations, Canada is no “lock” to

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5 Reasons Canada Will Beat Team USA In Men’s Hockey

February 16th, 2010 2 Comments

Heading into the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver every hockey fan has Saturday, February 21st circled on their calendar—the date Canada and team USA will clash in the preliminary round. Canada comes into the Olympic games as the team to beat. There are some that believe that the Russians, Finland, Sweden, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Team USA will give Canada a run for their money, but in the end I think the consensus will be correct with Canada front and center in the Gold Medal game. Comparatively, Team USA comes into the tournament as an underdog. Blessed with good goaltending, Team USA is regarded as one of the smallest lineups, with little depth at forward and limited offensive skills on defense. With all that in mind, let’s take a look at five reasons Canada will Beat Team USA in Men’s

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