That’s Five Canada
Total Pro Sports – Team Canada captured its fifth straight gold medal at last night’s World Junior Hockey Championship against the said to be and experts pick to win it all, The Swedes. Canada won 5-1 in a convincing victory in front of a record crowd on Monday night.
The city of Ottawa generated $51 million during the World Junior Hockey Championship. This is not surprising considering tickets were selling for $700 a pop last night. There was 20,380 tickets sold, a single game record for the WJHC, we’ll let you do the math.
All of the players for team Canada did their part and contributed any way they could, especially goalie, Dustin Tokarski. Dustin stopped 39 of 40 shots in the win, saving his best performance for last. Tokarski was asked about coming up big during the championship game, he had this to say.
It’s all about battling, people can put you down and say you’re not good enough but if you believe in yourself you can do anything,” said the 2008 Memorial Cup MVP.
John Tavares had another stellar game, proving that he is worthy of the 1st overall selection in this year’s NHL entry draft. His counter part, Victor Hedman, had a not so stellar game. Inevitably, he will be picked second to Tavares because of his poor performance. Experts say that he was playing at only 75 percent, while others believe that he was perfectly healthy.
With Canada’s dominance in this tournament over the last 10 years (10 finals appearances, 5 golds), it will be interesting to see how other National Programs respond in building stronger junior teams.