Being a tight-knit, rural hockey-oriented community, Unity welcomed the Latvian and Austrian teams with open arms. “They weren't sure what they were getting into,” said Unity resident Rick Hill, who organized the small town hockey experience for the teams.
Team Canada and the nation they play for became engulfed in silent disbelief after a championship streak lasting half a decade came to a screeching halt in Saskatoon at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Under 20 Championship on Jan. 5.
The Canadians put the high flying Swiss team in their place by a score of 6-1 on Jan. 3 in the semi-finals of the IIHF U20 tournament.
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Two things dear to Canadian hearts are hockey and drinking beer. 15,171 Saskatonians were able to combine both on New Year's Eve when Canada showed down with the United States in a game that saw Canada achieve North American dominance with a 5-4 margin.
Facing a Slovakia team with a 1-1 record on Dec. 29 at the Under-20 IIHF World Junior Championship, Team Canada faced their steepest challenge yet.
For the second round robin game in a row at the World Junior Championship in Saskatoon, Canadian goaltender Jake Allen managed to blank the opposing team in a 6-0 victory over Switzerland in Saskatoon on Dec. 28.
Back in elementary school, the dismissal bell was music to many kids' ears. Everyone rushed home to get in a few hours of fun before dinner. Street hockey was often the sport of choice. Easy to set up and take down, kids would play for hours in the heat, rain or snow, long after dark,
If Stalin were alive to discover that one of Russia's biggest national icons in the 21st century was making his fame and fortune on enemy turf in the capitalistic United States, the communist dictator's push broom moustache would undoubtedly turn grey.