Sometimes a rookie scores, sometimes they don't

Jeff Veillette
December 09 2016 09:56AM

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I think we can all agree that today's National Hockey League is one essentially run by its young talent. The game is getting faster and more systems reliant, meaning that those with the quickest skilled reflexes to break through holes are the ones that are reaping the rewards.

But in a season of youth, only one name matters.

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POSTGAME: Europe puts up a good fight, but Canada comes out on top

Jeff Veillette
September 29 2016 11:56PM

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Nobody expected Team Europe to get as far as they did. Pockets of players had played together before, on their own international teams, on professional teams, but there was never much of a chemistry building period for this group. That didn't matter, though, as they took a shorter warm-up camp than most, with a rougher start than all, and turned it into a Cinderella run all the way to the World Cup of Hockey Final.

There wasn't much of a shot given to them there, either. Nobody thought they stood a chance against Canada, the odds-on favourite from start to finish. To the surprise of many, they put up a very good fight. Ultimately, though, the Red and White hockey giant proved just too powerful to break through, even for a game.

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Team Canada sweeps, wins 2016 World Cup of Hockey

Jeff Veillette
September 29 2016 08:47PM

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Well, that does it. With another commanding win over Team Europe, the Canadians have flexed their muscles again and won the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, sweeping the final series in two games.

I actually wrote this post seven hours before puck drop and scheduled it to publish at the approximate time that the game will end (and, uhh, accidentally published at one point, meaning you might be having some deja vu), so there aren't any details of what actually happened in tonight's game in this post yet (check back soon), but based on how the rest of the tournament has gone, I will guess the following has happened:

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WCOH Final 2: Canada vs. Europe

Jeff Veillette
September 29 2016 10:33AM

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This time, there's something on the line. Tonight, Team Canada will have a chance to put Team Europe behind them and get a chance to win their second consecutive World Cup of Hockey. Granted, it's been twelve years since the last one and only two players have returned for this tournament, but run with me here; we need something to get excited about. 

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Canada wins Game 1 of World Cup Final

Jeff Veillette
September 27 2016 11:51PM

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Look, I'm not going to bore you with a lot of details here, because this game probably already did a pretty damn good job of boring you with its action. Or lack thereof, rather. Team Canada cruised it's way to an easy 3-1 victory in front of a half-full and nearly entirely indifferent Air Canada Centre, setting itself up for a game that actually matters on Thursday night. 

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