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If you watched how they played against Slovakia and the Czech Republic, it may have been a little bit of a stretch to suggest that the Canadian junior team had what it took to make it to the semi-finals. Luckily for the red and white, a win against the Americans on New Years eve meant the team would avoid the red-hot Russians in the quarter’s, resulting in a seemingly easy win over the Swiss on Thursday. Finland, on the other hand, almost fell to the Czech’s in the first elimination game of the tournament, falling behind by two goals at one point before eventually taking the victory. Finland was incredible against Canada on Saturday, scoring four goals to move on to the World Junior finals for the first time since 2001 after taking down the Canadians 5-1.


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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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2 Responses

  1. Kelly

    In my opinion, I think agents coach the juniors without even being on the bench! I saw no team game out there! A lot of individual efforts, god bless there talent, however, Wayne Gretsky himself could never win a game by himself as gifted as he was. Our game has been infected as a marketing machine for prospective stars and “team Canada” has lost its way to the rink! I don’t know if there’s anyway to stop really? The pressure these kids feel to perform and deliver is immense! The world also loves the game of hockey! Russian, Chechyslovakian, Scandernavian teams have been developing there games for years.
    But, for those that play the team game! Go Canada Go!


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