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A Fine Way to Spend New Year’s Eve: WJC 2010

Friends with extra tickets are the best.  On December 31st, 2010, I will be crossing the border into western New York to attend my first WJC tournament ever.  I grew up watching Team Canada win five straight in the 90s and Paul Romanuk’s ecstatic and lyrical call of “The Drive for Five is Alive!” is forever seared into my memory.  The start of the World Juniors is a boxing day tradition for me and it has always been my favourite hockey tournament to watch ever since I was a kid.  The purity of the tournament is untouched and untainted by professional money and every single one of these kids play their hearts out for the passion of the game and the pride of their country.  No one dogs it in this tournament and no one has to have their arm twisted to pull on their country’s sweater.

While I won’t have the pleasure of seeing Team Canada, I have the good fortune to witness two great hockey nations square off.  I’ve always had a huge amount of respect for Finnish hockey (probably because their style of play so closely resembles the North American game) and Slovakia has been strong for years.  I’m always anxious to see Canada do well, but the ever shrinking gap between Canada, Russia and the rest of the world is part of what makes this tournament so great.  It’s really anyone’s tournament and that makes it all the more exciting.  No doubt about it in my books, this is hockey at its finest and purest.

I can't think of a better way to cap off 2010...


December 14, 2010 at 1:02 AM 6 comments

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