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The Canadian crease conundrum

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09:14 AM ET 12.22 | The crease is crowded for Team Canada as it heads into the World Junior Championship. Two games into his exhibition schedule, it looks like Dave Cameron is not going to get his Christmas wish. Last week, the head coach of the Canadian team said he hoped either Mark Visentin or Olivier Roy would make his decision easy when it came to the No. 1 goaltender for the world junior hockey championship. ... Well, with one goal allowed in two games, Cameron and his assistant coaches still have a tough decision in front of them unless something drastic happens Thursday night when the Canadians finish their exhibition series in Kitchener, Ont., against Finland.

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December 22, 2010  10:46 AM ET

The Americans have something like 8 guys returning from last years Champ Team-we need this kind of goalie problem if we hope to knock em off.I did not see game 1 but last nite Roy (aside from a couple nasty rebounds) looked real solid.

December 22, 2010  10:51 AM ET

One word, Battle Royale!

December 22, 2010  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Americans have something like 8 guys returning from last years Champ Team-we need this kind of goalie problem if we hope to knock em off.I did not see game 1 but last nite Roy (aside from a couple nasty rebounds) looked real solid.

I say start the least qualified one!! ;)

December 22, 2010  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I say start the least qualified one!! ;)

We respectfully decline your biased option LGP ! :)

December 22, 2010  11:03 AM ET

Looks like another solid pick by the Oilers:-)


!!##@!@!#@!!@##$!!&*&%^!!! SON of A !!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 22, 2010  11:11 AM ET

Its the nature of the beast that they have a goalie issue. If you collect the best players, you'er bound to have competitions for roles. Visentin looked good against the Swiss, but it was the Swiss. Roy looked good last night against a real team, so you gotta expect he has the inside edge. Wouldn't be surprised if we see Visentin get a chance against the Fins so the coaches can see what he's like against real competition. In the end though, it'll be just fine, because you can always go to the other guy if the chosen #1 falters.

December 22, 2010  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

We respectfully decline your biased option LGP ! :)

C'mon! What the hell, take a chance!! Why not just grab some goalie off the streets? I mean, everybody up there plays right? :D

December 22, 2010  11:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

C'mon! What the hell, take a chance!! Why not just grab some goalie off the streets? I mean, everybody up there plays right? :D

except my Flames :-(

December 22, 2010  11:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

C'mon! What the hell, take a chance!! Why not just grab some goalie off the streets? I mean, everybody up there plays right? :D

The latest stats show that only 1 in 6 boys play hockey in Canada and that the US will soon have more kids playing hockey than the Great White North.

December 22, 2010  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

except my Flames :-(

Sorry about that. Maybe they'll perform a Christmas miracle.

December 22, 2010  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

The latest stats show that only 1 in 6 boys play hockey in Canada and that the US will soon have more kids playing hockey than the Great White North.

In fairness though, there are a lot more people in the US. I'm sure that per capita, more males in Canada play hocky than here.

December 22, 2010  11:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I say start the least qualified one!! ;)

We did that in '03 & '04 and only took silver. If you don't want to look it up his initials are MAF.

December 22, 2010  11:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

We did that in '03 & '04 and only took silver. If you don't want to look it up his initials are MAF.

Nice! To be fair, he had a little help from Braydon Coburn one year...

December 22, 2010  01:14 PM ET

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December 22, 2010  01:16 PM ET
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I didn't get a Go Oilers Go out of that.

Stop looking Whaler :-)

December 22, 2010  02:02 PM ET

For the record the "Canadian Crease Conundrum" is like when yer togue has an uneven line in it eh !

December 22, 2010  03:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

The latest stats show that only 1 in 6 boys play hockey in Canada and that the US will soon have more kids playing hockey than the Great White North.

That may be true but the US has something like one hundred times the population. So on a per capita basis that argument just doesn't fly.

December 22, 2010  04:04 PM ET

And also (not meaning to beat a dead horse here) but its organized hockey that you are talking about. Lets not count out the thousands of kids all over Canada that play in the streets. Even I remember playing in the streets and having to yell "car!" and then we stopped play and moved the nets. Its a culture thing. Its like the US and baseball, I don't quite get it but....I'm Canadian. The states do have a really good program started in both hockey and soccer. If that continues, they will be a true force in both sports.

December 22, 2010  04:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Americans have something like 8 guys returning from last years Champ Team-we need this kind of goalie problem if we hope to knock em off.I did not see game 1 but last nite Roy (aside from a couple nasty rebounds) looked real solid.

Yes he did. The best part of him.........is that he is in nooooo way related to Patty, so that is great for me, as I won't cheer on anyone from that family regardless of situation.

I thought Canada was very lucky last night. Those Swedish kids are big, and tough this year. Canada did play a really good in front of Roy, and I pray it keeps up, but I have faith!!!! GOLD FOR THE CANADIANS!!!!!

 
December 22, 2010  04:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#22):

And also (not meaning to beat a dead horse here) but its organized hockey that you are talking about. Lets not count out the thousands of kids all over Canada that play in the streets. Even I remember playing in the streets and having to yell "car!" and then we stopped play and moved the nets. Its a culture thing. Its like the US and baseball, I don't quite get it but....I'm Canadian. The states do have a really good program started in both hockey and soccer. If that continues, they will be a true force in both sports.

Agree. They have stepped up with hockey big time! They act like they don't care......right after Crosby scores the winner! HA! They care more than they let on in the U.S, at least as far as the WJC, and Olympics are concerned.(IMO)

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