Archive for 2010 Olympics

Matchups

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2010 by davepoleck

Another great thing about this best on best tournament is some of the individual matchups of current NHL teammates that we will be able to see. I cannot even imagine the intensity. For many of these situations, these players are more than just teammates during the season. They are like brothers; they play together, room together, eat together, win and lose together. Then all of a sudden, for a two week period right in the middle of their brotherhood’s united push for the playoffs, they are ripped off of their teams and put right up against the guys that they play with all year round.

On top of personal gratification and the egotisical joy that one player would get from beating his NHL teammate, they are also fighting for their own country and all of the fans watching at home. Talk about added pressure. This intensity and competition is the kind of stuff that could alter their friendships. Although the Wings did go on to win the Cup in 2002, that must been pretty damn tough for Brett Hull and Chris Chelios to lose to their fellow Red Wings on American soil.

Obviously, some of these will not materialize due to the round robin format, but they are still fun to think about: Continue reading

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Martin Out…_______ In

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 1, 2010 by davepoleck

Paul Martin will not be playing for Team USA at the upcoming Olympics due to a slowly healing broken forearm. There is still no word on who will be replacing him, but I would guess it would be one of Ron Hainsey or RyanWhitney. My guess is Ryan Whitney. He has had a tough year but hasn’t had much support in Anaheim. He is playing huge minutes though, and getting some support around him would let him get back to what he did in Pittsburgh.

Team Finland 2010

Posted in Predictions with tags , , on November 24, 2009 by davepoleck

Alright here are my choices for Team Finland in the 2010 Olympics: Continue reading

Team USA 2010

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , on November 23, 2009 by davepoleck

Alright here is who I think will be on the USA Men’s Olympic Team in February. Continue reading

Spotlight Stealers

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on November 4, 2009 by davepoleck

Good job Team Canada!

One day after the Americans announce that they will release their 2010 Winter Olympics roster on January 1, 2010, the Canadians figured they would beat them to the punch by announcing their team on New Years Eve. But this is not the spotlight that my title is referring to.

It is the fact that this announcement will come right in the middle of the World Junior Tournament. Christmas time is really the only point in the calendar year when junior hockey gets even close to as much attention as the NHL does in our country. The WJHCs have become such an awesome holiday season event where fans get to watch the next wave of NHL superstars show their skills on the grand stage.

But instead of letting the Juniors have their yearly time in the national spotlight, Hockey Canada decided it would rather one up Team USA.

This is proving the already evident misuse of the OHL system in our country. But that discussion is for another time. If you really want to hear some other good hockey arguments, pick up “McCown’s Law: The 100 Greatest Hockey Arguments”. It is really one of the best books ….ever.

And although this really pissed me off, I will probably post my Team Canada predictions within the next day or two.

Advantage Brodeur?

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by davepoleck

With the eyes of Team Canada’s decision makers all over Roberto Luongo on Tuesday night, he dropped the ball. The Vancouver Canucks hosted the struggling Detroit Red Wings last night, which gave Luongo a chance to showcase his skill to Team Canada’s executive director, Steve Yzerman, and head coach, Mike Babcock.

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