MONTREAL - The buildup for Canada’s game against the U.S. had started long before the two teams had taken the ice.
It began to ramp up back in the summer when both teams opened training camps in Brossard, Que., and Lake Placid, N.Y. There the focus was on Canada’s Connor McDavid, the top-ranked player for the 2015 NHL draft, and America’s Jack Eichel, the player trying to usurp him next June at the NHL entry draft.
At stake in the game was top spot in Group A of the World Junior Hockey Championship and the chance to face the underdogs from Denmark. A 5-3 victory for Canada on New Year’s Eve means the young, upstart Danes will have their hands full trying to contain an offence that came at the U.S. in wave after wave - occasionally crashing upon the crease of goalie Thatcher Demko.
The loss puts the Americans up against Russia in the other quarter-final, giving the U.S. a much more dangerous foe.
After the first period on Wednesday, it was clear that the narrative of theRead More »from McDavid vs. Eichel plays second fiddle to another Canada-U.S. world junior classic on New Year’s Eve