Steve Yzerman recently attended the World Championships in Switzerland to scout for the 2010 Olympics. With that in mind, and after some surprise performances in the first two rounds of the playoffs, the time has come to begin the goalie watch for the Games. The Canadian home ice advantage, the use of an NHL-sized ice surface and the league’s unwillingness to commit to the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia are laying the groundwork for what could be the best hockey tournament of all time. So it’s only fitting to expect the best display of goaltending. Most countries will hold summer camps and then evaluate the first half of next season before will making their final decisions but we say let the armchair quarterbacking begin! The top contenders for the gold medal will each need to make some potentially difficult decisions so Tenders Lounge will dedicate separate posts to the medal contenders. First up, the home team Canadians.
Not only are does Team Canada face the pressure of being the host country but they also need to remove the bitter taste from a 7th place finish at the 2006 Torino games.
Luongo and Brodeur were expected to reprise their roles from Torino. Will anyone push them out of the picture?
It’s one thing for Sean Avery to swing his stick or fists at an opposing goalie’s head. But even Avery wouldn’t swing at his own goalie! (he wouldn’t, would he?)
Tomas Surovoy (except for an obituary this should be the last you read of him) swung his stick at Jaroslav Halak’s head after the goalie gave up a goal in Slovakia’s game against the Czech Republic in the IIHF World Championship going on in Switzerland. Czech-Slovak games are tough enough without players turning on each other.
Watch Halak’s response after the swing. Either he is an incredibly easy going guy or he is just so stunned that he has no idea how to react. He probably thought it was a Czech player and was looking to his teammate for help! It may be tough playing in Montreal but at least there you only have to deal with the viciousness of your own fans.
And how about those announcers? Can someone who speaks Slovakian please translate for me? The tone in their voice sounds like they’re watching paint dry! Their goalie just took an axe chop to the head and they have the reaction of Eyore on a rainy day!
UPDATE: Apparently the broadcast is Finnish and not Slovakian. Would they have shown more emotion if it had been a Swedish goalie facing the axe?