Mens and womens teams will compete against the likes of Russia and Canada at home at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics. Last time the IIHF granted the host nation an automatic berth was in 2006, in Turin. The home team went 0 and 3 together with two respectable ties vs Switzerland and Germany. The game against Team Canada ended in a 2:7 loss. Not too shabby for a team that now isn’t good enough to qualify for world championships these days.
Since Turin, the host nation had to qualify. Canada and Russia easily did that in 2010 and 2014. So why did the IIHF do an about face? Like with most things it probably came down to money. If the host nation invests in the sport and fosters interest in hockey during the four years leading up to the Olympics and possibly beyond, it is a win for the IIHF. South Korea isn’t a traditional hockey market by any means, and this may be a chance to change that.
What would the games vs Canada, USA and Russia look like for South Korea mens and womens teams? Blowouts and embarrassment to the host nation in this event will do little to further the aims of the IIHF. You can’t pay for respect, you must earn it. It took Switzerland twenty, plus, years to become a fixture of international hockey. The world isn’t going to end if South Korea is not in the Olympics for hockey.
Pretty cool to see an article that shows that the best hockey player in the world is just trying to fit in with the olympic festivities. Hey maybe Sid can get on Team Canada’s olympic table tennis team as well. Has anyone ever medaled in both the Summer and Winter games?
Read the story of Sid the Kid and Shea Weber lighting up the ping pong circuit at the winter olympics here
Skier Bode Miller had just made history becoming the oldest alpine skier to medal in the games when an interviewer hounded him about the death of his brother in 2013. Did this interviewer go to far?
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Do you go with the guy that won a Stanley cup or the guy who took you to ( and almost won you) the Gold medal in 2010? Hard call.. What do you think?
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All these are great and just prove why Canada is an awesome country. My personal opinion is the beer fridge only accessed by a Canadian passport. See story here
well maybe not… but they are interesting to say the least.
Here is an article about Norway’s curling team
Do you think Giroux belongs on Team Canada? Ed Snider sure does. Here is what he said , from a Philadelphia website
Ed Snider rips Steve Yzerman and Hockey Canada Brass:
“It’s a farce,” Snider fumed. “He’s one of the best players in the league. He’s better than half the guys on that (Olympic) team.”
“Anybody who thinks Claude Giroux doesn’t belong on the Olympic team, they don’t know anything about hockey, as far as I’m concerned,” he said.
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Ok c’mon guys, we know you are thinking about. Ladies, you know your guy is thinking about it too. So let’s just cut to the chase.. What athlete gets your vote? Any that were left off? If so , post up your nominations.
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Who is jacked about the Olympics? Whats your predictions for Canadian Gold Medals in Sochi?