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Old 12-31-2009, 02:31 PM   #346
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One thing is for sure, that will be one amazing tournament, and I suggest you watch as many games as possible to see the most beautiful hockey you'll ever witness.
Very well put Bomac.
Whenever I think of the 2002 gold medal game, I am reminded of hosting a small viewship party at my place. I got caught away from the TV (prepping food I think) and misssed about 5 minutes of the game. When I ran back down the stairs I said to my bud..."What's happening?", he looked at me and said "Fuck- we're all over them!" The excitement in his eyes told me all I needed to know- we (Canada) were going to do it! I can't imagine anymore collective excitement for a country then that gold medal game, except if the team is in the GMG again, in Vancouver. Our entire county will shut down for that game. And I agree our opponent will be either the US (because of Miller) or Russia- both of which would be a storybook final.
All of these suppositions are, of course, forgetting the debacle of Torino.
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Old 12-31-2009, 03:55 PM   #347
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That's an awesome story VP! Is he still married?
Actually, his wife, the Gretzky family matriarch, passed away a few years ago, sadly.

Maybe I can hook him up with my mom.

I passed out the rest of the Walter autographs to my other family members Christmas day. They were all touched and amused.


Also, I don't really like NHL hockey, but I do enjoy Olympic hockey, so I'm looking forward to that.
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Old 01-01-2010, 04:10 PM   #348
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outdoor hockey is pretty cool, even if it's at that dump on yawkey

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Old 01-01-2010, 05:53 PM   #349
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Team USA is very young. Should make for a more dynamic combination and an interesting tournament:

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By IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer 51 minutes ago

Not since NHL players started going to the Olympics 12 years ago has the U.S. team featured so many fresh faces.

Of the 23 players chosen Friday for next month’s games, only New York Rangers captain Chris Drury, New Jersey counterpart Jamie Langenbrunner and Detroit defenseman Brian Rafalski will carry Olympic experience with them into what could be the most-watched hockey tournament ever.

Aging American stalwarts such as Mike Modano, Bill Guerin, Keith Tkachuk and Scott Gomez will all be able to rest during the long break in February because they were left off the team that will head to Vancouver.

The infusion of up-and-coming players is hardly a surprise. Team USA general manager Brian Burke made it clear last summer is was time to turn the page on those who represented the United States time and time again on the international stage.

“We’re going there to win,” said Burke, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ GM.
He thanked those “warriors” when most veterans weren’t invited to the team’s orientation camp in August. Modano, the longtime Dallas Stars forward, and Montreal’s Gomez were in attendance, but didn’t do enough during the first half of the NHL season to earn a spot on the team.

The roster announcement was made at Boston’s Fenway Park following the host Bruins’ 2-1 overtime victory against the Philadelphia Flyers in the annual outdoor Winter Classic.

The average age of this year’s club is slightly under 26. Rafalski is the oldest player at 36, while 21-year-old Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane is the youngest. That is quite a change from the former foundation that included then-44-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios four years ago.

Modano played in three Olympics, and Gomez was on the team for the 2006 Turin Games. Langenbrunner will be making his second appearance, but first since 1998, and will be joined by Devils teammates defenseman Paul Martin and fellow forward Zach Parise.

Martin started the season as a virtual lock, but a broken left forearm curtailed his chances. Just when it seemed he would return last week, Martin had a setback in his recovery that made surgery necessary. When it was revealed he would be out another month, it seemed likely he would be kept off the roster.

The Los Angeles Kings are the only other NHL club to place three players on the squad: goalie Jonathan Quick, defenseman Jack Johnson, and forward Dustin Brown.

The Americans’ greatest strength could be in goal, where Buffalo Sabres star Ryan Miller is expected to be the No. 1 netminder. Should he falter, reigning Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas of the Bruins will be there to pick up the slack. Behind them is the soon-to-be-23 Quick.

“I’ve been waiting 30 years for this opportunity. I couldn’t be happier,” Thomas said after beating the Flyers.

That trio should match up favorably with host Canada’s formidable goalie crew of Martin Brodeur, Marc-Andre Fleury and Roberto Luongo. Brodeur is the NHL career leader in wins and shutouts.

“The goaltending position was probably the easiest one for us to get through,” Burke said. “It’s one where we’ve got some depth.

“We’re excited about our chances.”

Miller missed the Olympics four years ago because of a thumb injury that kept him out early in the 2005-06 season, but he is making up for that.

Heading into Friday, he had a 21-8-3 record with a sparkling 2.05 goals-against average in 33 games.

“He has played really well, unfortunately several of those games have been against us,” Burke said.

The 25-year-old Parise will be counted on for offense. He is coming off a season in which he had 45 goals and 94 points. So far this season, Parise has 17 goals and 25 assists. He had gone 12 games without a goal before busting out with two Monday in New Jersey’s win over Atlanta.

He will be joined up front by St. Louis’ David Backes, Drury’s Rangers teammate Ryan Callahan, Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto’s Phil Kessel, Tampa Bay forward Ryan Malone, San Jose’s Joe Pavelski, Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks, and Colorado’s Paul Stastny.

The remaining defensemen are Erik Johnson of St. Louis, Toronto’s Mike Komisarek, Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Nashville’s Ryan Suter.

Suter’s father, Bob, was a defenseman on the 1980 U.S. “Miracle on Ice” team that won gold at Lake Placid, N.Y.

“It means a ton with the family tradition. I don’t think it has sunk in yet,” Ryan Suter said. “I will be able to sit at the same table with those guys if I bring some hardware home.”

The United States hasn’t captured the gold since 1980, and has only a 2002 silver medal since NHL players started going to the Olympics for the 1998 Nagano Games. The Americans finished eighth in Turin.

“Obviously, they pick you for a reason. I think everybody on the team is an important piece,” Suter said. “I credit guys like Chelios, Tkachuk, my uncle (Gary Suter) and (Jeremy) Roenick, all those guys paved the way for us and put USA Hockey on the map in the Olympics. I’m just excited to be a part of that now.”

This year’s team will be led by Toronto coach Ron Wilson. His assistants are Rangers coach John Tortorella and the New York Islanders’ Scott Gordon.

Burke was joined by fellow NHL GMs David Poile (Nashville), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Don Waddell (Atlanta), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh), along with Jim Johannson, the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, in choosing the roster.

“We had some difficult decisions to make, but that’s a credit to USA Hockey and depth of the player pool in our country,” Burke said.


Goaltenders:
Ryan Miller (Buffalo Sabres), Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings), Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins)

Defensemen:
Erik Johnson (St Louis Blues), Jack Johnson (Los Angeles Kings), Mike Komisarek (Toronto Maple Leafs), Paul Martin (New Jersey Devils), Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh Penguins), Brian Rafalski (Detroit Red Wings), Ryan Suter (Nashville Predators)

Forwards:
David Backes (St. Louis Blues), Dustin Brown (Los Angeles Kings), Ryan Callahan (New York Rangers), Chris Drury (New York Rangers), Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks), Ryan Kesler (Vancouver Canucks), Phil Kessel (Toronto Maple Leafs), Jamie Langenbrunner (New Jersey Devils), Ryan Malone (Tampa Bay Lightning), Zack Parise (New Jersey Devils), Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks), Bobby Ryan (Anaheim Ducks), Paul Stastny (Colorado Avalanche)
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Old 01-01-2010, 06:21 PM   #350
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how come gretzky isn't on the team?

/ignorant american'd

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Old 01-03-2010, 12:41 PM   #351
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I know this doesn't mean much but the Toronto Star asked some renown psychic for her sports predictions and she said Canada will get bronze, *may* get silver but definitely not gold.

(She was right about one prediction - Leafs ain't winning the Cup this year )
And she sees Portugal vs Germany in the World Cup finals next summer
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:49 AM   #352
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Team USA is very young. Should make for a more dynamic combination and an interesting tournament:
No Kyle Okposo = Fail. He may not be the greatest player, but he deserves a spot on that team.

Brian Burke is a tool.
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:55 AM   #353
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:28 PM   #354
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I think I might cheer for the U.S. against Canada in the world juniors game tonight - we can't win ALL the time

Bomac - save me and give me a good reason not to (you know, other than being Canadian)
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U.S. was up 5-3 and I just couldn't do it so Go Canada Go! (about to go into OT)
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I am dissapointed that DaveC hasn't changed his signature or avatar to something anti USA.
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how come gretzky isn't on the team?

/ignorant american'd

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Well, he's a nation unto himself, and since he is unto himself, he couldn't get a team together cause he's only one guy, so he didn't qualify. It's a shame cause he beat Lativa and Belarus fairly impressively when you consider his age. He did a bunch of line changes where he would switch jerseys, but those facist pigs that run the Olympic Hockey Committee still said no. Fuckers.

There was also a rumor that Canada didn't want him to play because they wanted the #1 ranking all to themselves. Crazy shit, man.
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That's a great story, VP!

I'm SO excited for Olympic hockey!! I've got tickets to see a men's hockey game, and we ended up with Finland vs Germany, so I'll get to see a few Canucks play.

And speaking of the Canucks, holy CRAP was the game vs Phoenix ever good last night! Fights! Bloodshed! Hat tricks! Shutouts! A little something for everyone!
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Facebook | Bob Gainey

That's friggin funny.
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I am dissapointed that DaveC hasn't changed his signature or avatar to something anti USA.
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