Police believe the act was intentional 5 minutes ago Shedding game rust key for Canadian team in defending world junior men's hockey gold A Canadian team lacking game legs opens defence of its world junior men's hockey title Saturday in Edmonton.
The host team kicks off its preliminary round against Germany at Rogers Place. Canada has played one game against an opponent — Wednesday's pre-tournament win over Russia — since selection camp started Nov.
Canadian captain Kirby Dach injured his right wrist in the third period of that game and won't be able to play in the tournament. Germany will be minus nine players Saturday.
Three Germans can return to the tournament Sunday and amrysville five Tuesday barring more positive tests. The 46 players invited to Canada's selection camp went into quarantine mid-camp after two players tested positive for the virus, so four exhibition games against university teams were cancelled. An extended quarantine for Sweden upon arrival in Canada wiped out a pre-tournament game between the two countries.
Of the 25 players on Canada's roster, 20 haven't played any games in months because the pandemic postponed the start of their leagues this season.
John's N. Regardless of how many games we've played, I think our practices will set us up well for the highest level of competition we've played in a long time. We're resilient.
We never quit. We stay with it. We never stop.
You need that to perform in a championship. All games are without fans to avoid the spread of the virus. The world juniors are such a large stage and we know the country's behind us, regardless of having fans or not.
The Canadians start with back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday against the Germans and Slovakia, respectively. Canada versus Switzerland on Tuesday and a New Year's Eve matchup with the Finns complete the preliminary round for the host country.
Six players are veterans of the championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic, where Canada scored three goals in the third period to down Russia for gold. A lack of warmup games made marysvllle a starting goaltender difficult, particularly because Devon Levi, Taylor Gauthier and Dylan Garand haven't ly played in the tournament.
Levi, of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que. Tourigny indicated prior to the exhibition game the job is Levi's to lose.
It's definitely the biggest dressing room I've ever been in. The lounge kind of looks like a hotel lobby. The riom tub and cold tub are really nice.
It's crazy to be in there and it's super-cool. Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press 5 minutes ago.