Among the players on the ice, the goaltender stands out as a unique presence. Not only does he wear different equipment, play the entire game and often has peculiar mannerisms, but as the last line of defense, a goaltender can find himself singled out for both praise and blame.
This misfortune is perhaps most apparent when it comes to a goalie strapping on the pads to play for Canada. Hockey is a countrywide fever and in international competition, Canada is not just expected to do well, they're expected to win.
When it comes to the Christmas-time tradition of the World Junior Championships, Canadians are an especially impatient bunch.… read more