The 2014 Sochi Olympics wrapped up yesterday with Team Canada shutting out Team Sweden 3-0 in the men’s hockey gold medal game. It was Canada’s second straight gold in the event and 11 players on the 2014 team were also on the roster in 2010.
Many of those players were part of Canada’s “golden generation” of players who participated in the world junior tournament from 2005-2009. As James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail writes, that young core led the way for Canada in Sochi.
The Swedish team had it tough going up against the juggernaut Canadians without their top three centres: Henrik Sedin, Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Backstrom. While Sedin missed the entire tournament with an injury and Zetterberg was injured during the Games, Backstrom was scratched just before the final game due to testing positive for a banned substance. ESPN has the details.
Discussion continues to rage on about the possibility of NHL players not participating in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN interviewed NHL Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr about that issue and others.
While most of us were focused on Sochi over the past couple of weeks, the Toronto Marlies went 3-1 in four home games. The Marlies beat the Oklahoma City Barons 4-1 thanks to a big game from backup goaltender Garret Sparks yesterday afternoon. Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation has the recap.
Centre Greg McKegg had two goals in the Marlies’ win and is putting together a pretty fine AHL season with 35 points in 42 games. With Peter Holland on the team for now, that gives the Marlies a pretty solid one-two punch down the middle. Kyle Cicerella writes about both players in his latest piece.