Alright, now this is more or less just a light hearted and fun thread so relax, but there has long been a theory between a friend of mine and I that Canada usually wins the World Junior with a black player. My friend and I joke and call it the important "brother quotient". This is why I subconciously don't worry about Malcolm Subban's first game vs. Germany. He'll be fine. Plus it was 9-3 for crying out loud.
Canada wins these tournaments when someone like Dale Craigwell is in there. Then there was Iginla, then Jason Doig. Then an all-white cast in 1999 during a very frigid tournament in Winnipeg where snow swept across the nation in a way I haven't seen in 15 years. We lose in overtime.
Then 2005 arrives. Shawn Belle, Anthony Stewart. Followed up by the likes of Wayne Simmonds, PK Subban, Evander Kane, etc. We win a bunch of times. Then nothing (from what I remember although I could be wrong) in 2010, 2011, 2012. We get Subban in 2013. Can this be the year we get it back? Or is our theory just a little far fetched?
I realize there are a couple years where we had someone like Anthony Stewart in 2004 and still lost but from my "studies" (I use that word loosely in this case) it is in the minority (no pun intended )
That is correct, and I remember we (my close friend and I) were a little nervous about that in a half joking type of way. Saying something along the lines of "he was our key". Well maybe it was just a silly curse but Scott Wedgewood sure made our fears become real