Hello Hockey Fans! I will make this one short and sweet. After the shooting yesterday in Canada's capital, the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators was cancelled. Down south in the USA the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers were getting ready to drop the puck. To show support for their friends of the Great White North they sang not only the American National Anthem, "Star Spangled Banner", but also Canada's National Anthem, "Oh Canada". Lyrics were put on the jumbo tron for fans to sing along. All I have to say in Class Act Pittsburgh….. Class Act.
Monday night Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers excited the Rexall place crowd with one of the most exciting parts of hockey!
The Penalty Shot: is designed to restore a scoring opportunity which was lost as a result of foul play being committed by the offending team, based on parameters set out.
That Hockey Fans is the Official NHL breakdown of what the Penalty Shot is. How is everyone? And happy Wednesday!
Rexall Place was on their feet Monday night when Taylor Hall was given a penalty shot after being taken down by Tampa Bay Lightning Matthew Carle. Hall scored so let's breakdown the penalty shot!
Here is what happens once a referee gives the green light for a penalty shot:
1) An announcement will be made over the loud speaker saying which player is taking the shot. For the most part the player who's scoring chance was taken away, will shoot.
2) The puck is placed at centre ice and the player will wait for the whistle from the referee and then he is allowed to begin.
3) The puck must be kept in forward motion the entire time. Once the player has shot the puck the penalty shot will be complete. If at any time the puck stops moving the penalty shot will be deemed complete.
4) No goal can be scored on a rebound. The Puck can bounce off the goalie, post, or crossbar however.
1) Spin-o-ramas are no longer allowed.
2) Only a goaltender may guard the goal
3) Goaltender must stay in his crease until the player has touched the puck
4) While the penalty shot is being taken, players from both teams must skate to the front of their benches and clear the ice. Only the goaltender and player are left on the ice.
Who takes the penalty shot:
1) The player who the penalty was committed against takes the shot and the referee makes that call.
2) If the player taking the penalty shot cannot shoot because of an injury the captain of the team taking the shot will pick a replacement player chosen from players on the ice when the penalty happened.
3) If for whatever reason the player awarded the penalty shot was also given a penalty, he will take his shot and directly head to the sin bin (penalty box)
4) The loop hole in rule 3 is that if the player taking the penalty shot was given a game misconduct or match penalty then he is not allowed to take the penalty shot and again the captain will select a player to shoot based on who was on the ice when the penalty occurred.
Below I have uploaded a few other penalty shots taken over the year in the NHL
1st Henrik Sedin and Martin Brodeur
2nd Former Anaheim Duck Bobby Ryan and his overtime penalty shot
3rd Viktor Stalberg doesn't score but hits all 3 posts in the process
4th Former Dallas Star Loui Erikkson and his unbelievable beauty of a penalty shot goal!
Enjoy hockey fans!
Hello Good Lookin Hockey Fans! For all of you who have been coming to my website for the last few years a BIG thank you! For all of the new audience a BIG thank you too.
As well as talkin hockey, I also cook. If any of you don't know, I am a single mum, living in Vancouver, with a hockey crazed son. Since our weekdays are busy, I cook a big pot of soup or lasagna, something to get us threw the week. Here is one of my favourite soup recipes. It is great after a long day, relaxing on the couch watching your favourite team play.
What you will need:
1) one large soup pot 5) Knife
2) Baking Dish 6) Strainer
3) Wooden Spoon 7) Cutting Board
4) Soup Ladle
1) One medium sweet white onion
2) Three carrots
3) Four stalks of celery
4) Four large leafs of kale
5) Four links of any sausage you enjoy (italian and something spice is great)
6) 1-2 cans of beans (depending on how hardy you want the soup)
7) One carton of vegetable stock (946 ml)
8) One small-medium sized butternut squash
9) Salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme and paprika to taste
10) Butter or Olive Oil
1) Pre heat oven to 425 degrees
2) Chop onion, carrots and celery. I like to leave my vegetables a little larger in size so they keep their crunch.
3) Turn your element to medium heat and add two tablespoons of butter or olive oil
3) Add onion, carrots and celery to pot and let sweat down until they begin to soften but are still firm. Add a little salt and pepper and stir every couple minutes. Reduce heat once vegetables have softened.
4) Cut butternut squash in half. Score it (cutting lines down the middle) spread a little butter, cinnamon, salt and pepper on the squash. Place in a baking dish and pop into heated oven. Again cook the squash until you can pierce it with a fork and the squash is soft. This can take anywhere from 20-30 minutes depending on the size of the squash.
5) Remove sausage from casing and fry in a pan until cooked through and slightly browned.
6) Drain and clean beans.
7) After cleaning the kale tear out the centre spine of the green. Then proceed to tear the kale into bite size pieces.
8) Now add your beans and vegetable broth to the pot with the carrots, celery and onion. Add equal parts water to the soup.
9) When the sausage is done add it to the pot
10) When you squash is done, scoop it out of the skin and toss into the soup. Again cube the squash up in sizes you like.
11) Add salt and pepper to taste. I also like to add garlic powder, paprika and thyme. But any spice you enjoy will do.
12) Finally add the kale and turn soup to a medium high heat until it gets to a slight boil. Serve and Enjoy!
Today's NHL schedule (all times PST)
The San Jose Sharks take on the New York Islanders at 4:00pm
The New Jersey Devils battle it out with the Washington Capitals at 4:00pm
The Carolina Hurricane play the New York Rangers at 4:00pm
The Dallas Stars take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at 4:00pm
The Colorado Avalanche and the Ottawa Senators challenge each other at 4:30pm
Original 6 teams the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens play at 4:30pm
And finally the puck drops between the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings at 7:30pm
It is happening again……. Hat Tricks are making a comeback……. First goes Stamkos, then goes Seguin…… then goes Benn with the Gordie Howe Hat Trick!
Hello good lookin hockey fans! I thought today I could talk about the Hat Trick! Three goals scored by one player in a single game. They are making a come back this year!
After last weeks hat trick by Anaheim's Corey Perry on opening night, Calgary's Mayson Raymond and Carolina's Jiri Tlusty kept the magic rolling through the weekend with their own tricks from the hat. Tampa Bay Lightning Captain Steven Stamkos started this week off with a hat trick Monday night vs the Montreal Canadiens. This wasn't Stamkos's 1st hat trick nor will it be his last at this rate. In Stamkos' 60 goal season a few years back recorded two hat tricks. If you youtube 'Stamkos hat trick' there is no shortage.
Where does the term Hat Trick come from? In all of my research it always comes back to a cricket game played in 1858. Three wickets were taken by a player, a fund was started and a hat was purchased for the player. The NHL can be thanked for making the term popular in modern day sports. Fans often throw a hat onto the ice when a hat trick is accomplished. Legends will go on forever about when the term was first used during a game and how the throwing of the hats started so we can leave that part a mystery.
The 2nd hat trick this week was Tyler Seguin's Tuesday night vs the Columbus Blue Jackets. Three goals scored and all assisted by Jamie Benn. Which leads me to my next fun fact……. the Gordie Howe Hat Trick!
The Gordie Howe Hat Trick is a goal, an assist and a fight by the same player in a single game. This type of hat trick got its name after the famous Gordie Howe who played for the Detroit Red Wings from 1946 all the way to 1971. He gained popularity for his ability to light up the score board and drop the gloves to throw a few knuckle sandwiches.
Tuesday night Jamie Benn, Captain of the Dallas Stars scored a goal, assisted all 3 of Tyler Seguin's goals and then fought Blue Jacket, Nick Foligno. Don't know who Jamie Benn is? Well according to Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane, Benn is the most underrated player in the NHL. A power forward who plays left wing, Benn is the guy you want on your team for his scoring ability and willingness to drop the gloves. However, if you watch a Dallas Stars game you may be seeing double Benn on the ice. Jamie's older brother Jordie Benn also plays for the Stars. Jordie plays defense and wears #24 while Jamie is #14.
And that hockey fans is a brief history of the Hat Trick and the Gordie Howe Hat Trick. Above you can watch Steven Stamkos' hat trick while below I have included Tyler Seguin's hat trick and Jamie Benn's goal and fight! Until next time!
Fiftteen games last night means every single team in the NHL played! Let's talk about Radim Vrbata-Sedin and what David Legwand accidentally did in Nashville the other night.
Happy Thanksgiving Good Lookin Hockey Fans! Yes it is true, here in Canada it is a long weekend and the NHL didn't disappoint. Yesterday EVERY single team in the league played. Three games were shutouts, three ended in a shootout, and one ended in overtime.
Here are the final scores for all games played yesterday:
The Washington Capitals shutout the Boston Bruins 4-0
The Pittsburgh Penguins beat Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2
The Detroit Red Wings beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2
The Ottawa Senators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in the shootout
The New Jersey Devils beat the Florida Panthers with a whopping 5-1 final. This game put former Vancouver Canucks tandem goalie team Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo against each other. Cory is netminder for the Devils while Lou now mans the pipes in Florida
The Calgary Flames lost to the St. Louis Blues 4-1
The Columbus Blus Jackets beat the New York Rangers 5-2
The Philadelphia Flyers lost to the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in the shootout
The New York Islanders beat the Carolina Hurricane 4-3
The Nashville Predators beat the Dallas Stars 4-1
The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-2. It was a 2-2 game at the end of the 2nd period and the Blackhawks went on to score 4 goals in the 3rd. It was their veterans lighting up the score board. Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa all scored in the 3rd
The Arizona Coyotes beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in overtime
The Minnesota Wild shut the door on the Colorado Avalanche 3-0
The Vancouver Canucks beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 in the shootout thanks to Chris Higgins and Ryan Miller
And finally the San Jose Sharks beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-0
Below I have uploaded two videos. The 1st is Radim Vrbabta's goal last night. Vrbata now has two goals in two games. Fans here in British Columbia are starting to call him the "3rd twin" or "Radim Vrbata-Sedin" Only two other players in Canuck history have been able to play so effectively with the twins. The 1st being Anson Carter and the 2nd is Alex Burrows.
The next is a video of Ottawa Senator, David Legwand. A little fun fact: Legwand was the 1st player ever drafted by the Nashville Predators back in 1998. He played his entire career with the club until last year when he had a brief stint with the Detroit Red Wings and then signed with the Senators this past summer. As luck would have it Ottawa's 1st game of the season was against the Preds in Nashville. Legwand had a penalty called on him and went to the penalty box. After playing 956 games with the Preds (1/2 of those being in that arena) he accidentally skated into the wrong penalty box! It was a quick fix when he realized and went to the visiting team's box instead.
Until next time hockey fans! Everyone in Canada enjoy your turkey and everyone else, enjoy your Sunday!
"Miller Time" in Calgary for the WIN, P.K. scores a beauty of a goal and the LA Kings raise their Stanley Cup Banner! Four games down, only 1,226 to go!
And so it begins…… the 1st night of NHL hockey for the 2014-15 season is over. As in true hockey fashion we had suspense, skill and all around fun.
The Montreal Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 with a game winning goal by Tomas Plekanec. The Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 with late goal by Chris Kelly. The Vancouver Canucks had Miller in net while the Calgary Flames had Hiller net (confusing much) "Miller Time" ended up winning with 23 saves and an exciting end of the 3rd period empty net goal by Henrik Sedin for a 4-2 final. And finally even though the Los Angeles Kings had a beautiful ceremony celebrating their Stanley Cup win last year the San Jose Sharks beat them 4-0.
Watching the games last night there were a few things I wanted to show you Good Lookin Hockey Fans….
1) Is the goal by P.K. Subban. It is one of those goals were you can see it unfolding on the ice, a suspenseful moment and then it happens! I am such a sucker for a great goal.
2) Is the goal by newly acquired Canuck Radim Vrbata. To the naked eye, this was a goal from the beginning. Puck in the back of the net… what more do you need? But here is the thing, there are a number of reasons a ref will wave off a goal much like he did last night. At first sight the ref thought Vrbata hit the puck in with his stick above the cross bar. That would be why he waved it off. You cannot high stick a puck into the net. "Upon further review" to quote the ref and after reviewing the goal at head office it was indeed hit into the net by the shaft of Vrbata's stick below the cross bar, which means no high sticking so it counted! Thank goodness it did because it ended up being the game winning goal!
3) Finally Henrik Sedin's empty net goal with only seconds left in the 3rd period. Again to the naked eye.. puck in net….. goal. But no. Look closely and it appears Henrik is going to tap the puck into the net with his foot. A no no when scoring. A player cannot knowingly kick the puck in the net. Henrik knowing every rule in the book and having some incredibly hand eye coordination taps the puck over the goal line with his stick at the last second and the goal counts! It was such a beauty of an empty net goal even the TV commentators got excited!
Above I have loaded Subban's goal, and below you can check out both Vrbata and Henrik Sedin's goals. Plus I have found the Los Angeles Kings ceremony raising their Stanley Cup Banner to the rafters! Of course it is a much see. It is Hollywood and we all know Hollywood knows how to put on a show! Enjoy!
Hello Hockey Fans! It is true, dust off your favourite team's jersey, break out the foam finger and get ready to make some noise! Puck drops at 7:00pm EST Wednesday October 8th to start the season.
There are 4 games tomorrow night
• The Montreal Canadiens vs the Toronto Maple Leafs
• The Philadelphia Flyers vs the Boston Bruins
• The Vancouver Canucks vs the Calgary Flames
• And finally the San Jose Sharks vs the reigning Stanley Cup Champions the Los Angeles Kings
I few quick things to remember:
There are 82 games a season. A team gets 2 points for a win in regulation and the losing team gets none. If a game goes in overtime the winning team still gets 2 points and losing team gets 1.
Let's talk about goalies for a minute. It is going to be strange for some New Jersey Devils fans this season. After 21 years watching Martin Brodeur help the team with 3 Stanley Cups, surpass Patrick Roy for all time wins in regulation and be awarded 4 Veniza Trophies, Cory Schneider will the official #1 net minder for the team.
"It's Miller Time" has officially moved coasts. The former Buffalo Sabres goalie and brief St. Louis #1 (19 games last season after he was traded) Ryan Miller couldn't have picked a better time to join the Vancouver Canucks during their "rebuild phase". Personally I can't wait to see what Miller does between the pipes with the west coast breeze blowing through his hair.
Roberto Luongo will be starting his 1st full season with the Florida Panthers. After spending 8 years with the Vancouver Canucks Lou will be joining his old team, the team the originally dealt him to Vancovuer.
The Los Angeles can be relied on for a familiar face stopping shots for their team. Jonathan Quick will be back. Quick has helped the Kings win 2 Stanley Cups in 3 years! The team joined the league in 1967 and after a 45 year dry spell the picked up Cups in the 2012 and 2014 seasons!
Teams to have the same goalie return:
• Henrik Lundqvist is between the pipes for the New York Rangers
• Antti Niemi will stop shots for the San Jose Sharks
• James Reimer laces up for the Toronto Maple Leafs
• Canadian Cutie Carey Price suits up for the Montreal Canadiens
Those are just a few of the big names returning to their beloved hockey teams.
That is it for now Hockey Fans, over and out.
So apparently Canada won GOLD, Luongo is back in Florida as a Panther, Miller is in St.Louis with Ott, Stamkos is Captain of the Lightning because Martin St. Louis was traded to the New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan, my my my the NHL sure moves fast!
Hello Beloved Hockey Fans! How is everyone? I know I have been MIA from the hockey world for the last month or so but I have a really really good excuse…… I had been cast as Marky in Janet Feindel's play "A Particular Class of Women" a production put on by Vancouver's up and coming ALL women theatre company Never You Mind Productions. It was one of the best experiences thus far in my life. For 6 weeks we packed theatres all over Metro Vancouver. Now that I have rested, I am back, but wow, pump. the. brakes…… a few weeks away from hockey and my my my how things have changed! I could write for days about NHL hockey but I thought the most efficient way to let you ladies (and men) know the important stuff, was if I did the old bullet point technique.
1) Canada WON GOLD at the 2014 Olympics! I had a show Saturday night and a matinee on the Sunday so I was in no place to stay up all night to watch the game. I was however woken up at about 7:00am pacific standard time to car horns, cow bells and cheering as Canada beat Sweden 3-0! Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz all lit up the score board during the game while Carey Price made 24 saves. I heard a lot of my fellow Canadians talking about the game but possibly the best story about this game was a friend of mine who is currently living in Whistler. He is from Germany and came down to Vancouver for the weekend. His bus back to Whistler was 8:00am Sunday. As he made his way to the bus depot in downtown Vancouver early Sunday morning he said he could hear screaming, and all of a sudden cow bells and cheering all over the city, Canada had just won gold and my German friend got to experience what Canada's game is all about. Needless to say when he told me the story I got goosebumps.
2) Shortly before the Canadian Men won gold the Women did. In what was arguably the best hockey game of the 2014 Sochi Olympics! For the 5th time in Olympic history (keep in mind this is the 5th time Women's hockey has been in the Olympics, it was only introduced in 1998) Team Canada and Team USA met up in the Gold medal game. For most of the game it looked like Team USA was going to win for the first time since 1998 with a 2 goal lead for most of the game. Canada mounted an epic comeback late in the 3rd period. With 3 and 1/2 minutes left in the 3rd Brianne Jenner scored to make it 2-1, then with less then a minute left and an empty Canadian net it was a tie game, with Marie-Philip Poulin netting the equalizing goal. Then Canada's Marie-Philip Poulin scored again, the winner in overtime and Canada got to cheer as loud as they could. For the next few days everybody and I mean everybody was talking about this game. Congrats Team Canada!
3) Before the NHL deadline came the Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis Blues made headlines when they swapped goalies! Ryan Miller, one of the most popular faces of the Buffalo organization, was traded to St. Louis for Jaroslav Halak. St. Louis also got gritty Steve Ott while Buffao got Chris Stewart and a few other players. But don't get to comfortable….. Halak had just enough time to enjoy a cup of coffee before he was sent to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Michael Neuvirth. Miller's record since joining the Blues is 7-2-1, while Halak is 4-2-1 in Washington.
4) Another BIG goalie trade was the wild, wacky, much talked about, supposed to happen last year, where is Schneider when you need him (oh right they traded him too) palm trees and sandy beaches trade of Roberto Luongo back to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jacob Markstrom. This rumour of Lou going back to Florida was no secret but it looked like Vancouver would keep the goalie after they dealt Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils during the draft pick last year. Not the case, Lou was sent to Florida, Eddie Lack became Vancouver's new #1 and Tim Thomas had to deal with the fact he was being replaced by the goalie he beat in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. In 2011 Tim Thomas was the goalie for the Stanley Cup winning Boston Bruins but don't worry Thomas and Lou barely had a cup of coffee together let alone a practice before Thomas was sent to the Dallas Stars to back up Kari Lehtonen. Sometimes I feel like the wonderful world of NHL hockey has more back stories then the soap "Days of Our Lives" I can barely keep up.
5) Eye for an Eye? Good question. Another headliner during the NHL trade deadline was Tampa Bay Lightning Captain Martin St. Louis being traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for their Captain Ryan Callahan. With this trade Steven Stamkos became the new Captain for the Lightning and the Rangers have yet to pick a new Captain. They are listing Brad Richards, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal as Alternate Captains but nobody is wearing the "C".
This is probably all of the recap you need for now! Next post expect to hear about the NHL standings for the playoffs! With this new wild card division thing I myself need a recap! Enjoy!
Where have I been? Outdoor series, Torts suspended, Lain's goal, the Olympics and A Particular Class of Women!
Hello Hockey Fans! How are all of you? I know I have been MIA from hockey for a while. Not that I haven't been paying attention…… oh, I have been. The game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks outdoors at Dodgers Stadium in LA could not have been more fun to watch with everyone from movie stars to KISS performing to The Great One Wayne Gretzky on hand! The Ducks won 3-0. Who would have ever thought an outdoor ice hockey game would happen in Lala Land?
At least the outdoor games at Yankees Stadium in New York you can see the coaches breath on the benches. It is cold in the east! The New York Rangers took on the New Jersey Devils winning 7-3 and then beat the New York Islanders 2-1 in their battle during the Outdoor Stadium Series.
Then you have the epic fight between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames, which had 8 players kicked out of the game including Kellan Lain 2 seconds in! It was Lain's first NHL game. After the first period Torts heads to the visiting teams locker room, Flames players and security try to keep Torts out. What follows is a lot of heat and a Canucks win 3-2 in the shootout with Chris Higgins scoring in the 5th round. Over 200 minutes in penalties and possibly the best quote ever post game from Tom Sestito "Torts told us they were starting there idiots over there so we had to match that". Torts got a 15 day suspension from the league and Kellan Lain went on the score his 1st NHL goal in his 2nd game a few nights later in Edmonton. Now if the whole line matching thing confuses you, and you don't understand why Torts did what he did, well it works like this. Since the Flames were the visiting team they had to submit their starting lineup to the NHL first. The Canucks then get to pick what line they are going to send out to match it. Usually the Sedins plus a winger start a game but I suppose Torts didn't want to risk putting the Sedins out vs the 4th line grinders from the Flames. So as a push back Torts threw out his 4th line (including Lain). You could say there is an unspoken rule between players "don't go after the stars including Crosby, Sedins, Ovechkin" and anyone in that category but you can't always depend on that in the heat of the moment. So Torts kept the Sedins on the bench. I am not saying what either team did was right or wrong but it made for some heated ice time and who knows what will happen next time these teams meet up!
Besides NHL hockey you have maybe the 2nd best hockey in the world……... the Olympics just around the corner. Total 12 teams are competing in the Men's Tournament:
I know I don't usually talk about Women's hockey but it can be pretty epic during the Olympics with a great rivalry between Canada and the USA. There are two pools in Women's hockey, check out these countries, a few surprised me!
Germany and Japan! In women's hockey! How amazing! There are going to be two different rinks that games are played on, in Sochi, only 300 meters apart! Hockey Heaven for you fans. Keep in mind rosters are made up of 25 players, with 20 skaters dressing for a game and 2 goaltenders. Plus ice surface is different during international competation. The players will be skating on ice that is 60 meters by 30 meters. Games start February 8th and wrap up February 23rd! Good Luck to all of the countries!
Now that I have finally been able to catch everyone up here in the hockey world, let's talk about where I have been. I was cast in a play back in December and rehearsals started in the New Year. It is called "A Particular Class of Women" by Canadian Janet Feindel. Inspired by a 1985 court case, after a stripper was raped and took her attacker to court the judge said to her "you come from a particular class of women, whose job it is to promote lust" The play is a series of 8 monologues by different dancers over the course of an evening. I saw the production back on October and knew right then and there I had to be involved. I went in and auditioned when they were recasting a few roles, booked it and the rest is history. It has been a crazy wild ride so far and I can't wait for opening night next week. If you are in the Vancouver area please come! You can get tickets at http://www.neveryoumindproductions.com Enjoy the show! X
Below check out a few videos 1) Gretzky dropping the puck at Dodgers Stadium, Vancouver and Calgary's brawl and Kellan Lain's 1st NHL goal. Besides the goal my favourite part of the video is Canuck #6 Yannik Weber grabbing the puck from the net so Lain can keep it. A true hockey tradition! Video 4 is an Episode of Hockey Talk with Courtney where I explain "home ice advantage" and line matching.
Hello Everyone! Happy Holidays! Where has the time gone? There is a lot going on in the wonderful world of hockey and tis the season for World Juniors! Before I get started on the Top 5 things you need to know about WJC, I want to share a fantastic goal scored the other night.
A close friend of mine and my editor Ricky is a huge Buffalo Sabres fan. Threw thick and thin Ricky has stood by his team. It hasn't always been easy for him the last couple of years but Ricky talks about the all the changes going on in Buffalo with a smile on his face. This year Ricky was invited to my family's house for Christmas. When we picked him up from the ferry terminal he couldn't wait to share the news, his team had given him an early Christmas gift. The goal was credited to Sabre Mark Pysyk but it was thanks to Mike Smith, goalie for the Coyotes, and a puck literally down his pants that sounded the winning goal. Ricky this one is for you!
Now on to the World Juniors…… what are the World Juniors?
Top 5 Things you need to know about the World Juniors!
1) The World Junior Championships or WJC for short is an international hockey tournament held each year.
2) Founded in 1977, Russia and Canada have collected the most gold medals. Canada has recorded 15 gold medal wins while the Soviet Union/Russia has won 13 times.
3) How do they decide which teams make it into the tournament? The top 10 teams make it in and usually consist of Canada, the USA, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Norway.
4) In the 1970s the Soviet Union dominated winning for straight gold medals. Canada was the next country with a winning streak. Between 1993-1997 Canada was atop the podium every single year and they repeated the 5 year gold medal streak again between 2005-2009.
5) Since 2009 Canada hasn't won gold but other countries have surfaced as forces in the hockey world. The USA has collected gold twice, in 2010 and 2013. Russia won in 2011 their first time with goal since 2003 and Sweden won in 2012!
Check back over the course of the next week and I will keep you updated on everything WJC! Canada beat Germany this morning 7-2. Anthony Mantha scored 3 goals for Canada. The official record between Canada and Germany in this tournament is 12-0. Next up in Norway and Russia
Hockey Talk with Courtney