Two games into the 2012 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship and Team Canada is sitting pretty. Two wins, four lines that are clicking and two goalies battling for that coveted starting role.
Many pundits predicted Team Canada would lack the scoring depth necessary to snap a two-year gold medal drought. Others wondered if our national team would have a true #1 goaltender that could handle the intense pressure of performing on home ice in front of 17,000 hungry fans. Of course, it’s still to early to put those questions to bed but it’s fair to say head coach Don Hay has an indication of the potential this team holds.
We welcomed Sportsnet Radio Network’s Andrew Walker to Thursday’s BT for some insight into where Team Canada goes from here. Does the returning netminder (Visentin) get honours ahead of the one (Wedgewood) who just shut out the Czechs? Does Mark Stone have a legitimate shot at setting a tournament goal scoring record? What should Edmonton Oil Kings fans make of Mark Pysyk’s limited role?
Click on the video below for Walker’s full interview. Check out his blog (updated throughout the WJC tournament) here. If you’re checking out the games at Rexall Place (especially Team Canada’s upcoming doozie on New Year’s Eve against the USA) be sure to arrive early! The atmosphere is truly something special. If you’re not lucky enough to watch the game in person, be sure to check out the Molson Hockey House just across the street at the Edmonton Expo Centre. The organizers have done an incredible job creating an atmosphere that just reeks of Canadiana.
Go Canada Go!