I see a lot of people doubting Canadian junior hockey. I would argue we had the best team of individual skilled players. However we had far from the best team. We lost because our coach failed to properly utilize the talent he was given, and made poor decisions. For example: choosing Murphy in the first place. Starting Binnington after riding Subban all tournament. I know there is a very valid argument for doing that, but having your backup make his first start in a medal game is a mistake. Also, his line-up choices and ice time choices. Call me a homer all you want, it doesn't change the fact that Rielly was under-utilized. Spott used his 7th d-man as a top 4 guy. The fact that he did this because Murphy is his player in the OHL is so obvious it isn't funny
There is no difference between then and now when it comes to intentionally breaking the other team's star player's ankle. It is a black mark on Canadian hockey and as long as we celebrate the '72 victory as we do, it will always be relevant.
But, Canada never shows poor sportsmanship these days, right?
4-0 goal, Marchand acts like he won Olympic gold in overtime and climbs the glass:
and, let's not forget:
I'm Canadian, but I can admit Team Canada has a long, long history of being *******s on the international stage.
You realize Tavares taunted the Americans IN RESPONSE to the US taunting the Canadian bench like 10 seconds before that?
Although I don't know why I'm explaining this. Its obvious the anti-Canadian posters on here can't even tell the difference between celebratin a goal during the game and taunting an opponent after a win, so this will no doubt be lost on them as well.