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After another bad year for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship (Canada came in fourth), the debate has begun. Is ice hockey in Canada at the grassroots level is to blame? Doug Maclean of Hockeycentral on Sportsnet television in Canada says it is, while others such as legendary broadcaster, Don Cherry disagrees. To Cherry, he feels it's a political issue. Cherry told the Hockeycentral panel today that he thinks it was the lack of Ontario Hockey League players on the squad. Cherry went further by saying he knew that Team Canada had no chance weeks before the tournament even started. Hockeycentral's Nick Kypreos simply put it that Canada had no passion throughout the entire tournament. Kypreos and Cherry did agree on one thing. They both didn't like what Team Canada's coach, Brent Sutter said after the tournament was over. I can't remember the exact quote, but Sutter puts the blame on the team and not himself. I quite agree with Cherry and Kypreos. You win as a team you lose as a team, that includes the coaches. I can understand why people are questioning hockey in Canada. Team Canada hasn't won the gold medal at the World Juniors since 2009 and has come home empty handed for the last two years. Canada is the defending gold medalist from the 2010 Olympics and all ready people are having some doubts about their chances in next month's Olympics in Russia. Canada's Olympic squad is going to be revealed tomorrow.

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