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Lowetide
February 22 2014 09:27PM


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We're just a few hours away from the Olympic Gold Medal game, Canada versus Sweden in deepest Russia. The Canadians and the Swedes have been on a collision course for the entire tournament. The earthquake hits 5am Edmonton time. GO CANADA GO!

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Four years ago in Vancouver it was Sid the Kid and now we're waiting for someone to man up and deliver destiny for the Canadians. Is our nation the dominant one during the NHL-at-Olympics era? We're about to find out.

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Canada's hockey story will see another chapter written before daylight in our town. This is a new team—gone is Sakic, gone is Iginla, gone is Niedermayer, gone is Brodeur. This is the team of Toews, of Crosby, of Bergeron and Weber and Doughty and increasingly of Price.

STAYING UP MUSIC!

If you're staying up all night to watch the game, I'd suggest some kick ass rock and roll to keep you rolling. Since our American friends aren't likely in the mood, perhaps we can borrow some of their best! Love this song, and it feels like summer too!


WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

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"Win today and we walk together forever"  (Fred Shero)

There was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run. We were not bound by rail or air or blacktop or radio or television. The news came monthly instead of instantly. We were bound together by the things we had in common, coast to coast—and the song remains the same.

We are the land of the ice and snow, we are winter, we are Canada. It's our game, at the lowest levels and, today, at the very highest.

God bless you, men. We are with you and we believe in you. Giants walk among us.

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#51 Czar
February 23 2014, 09:44AM
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Forsberg was seen after the game with a roll of his commemorative stamps, whimpering in the corner,licking himself.

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#52 Rob...
February 23 2014, 09:50AM
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~Leave it to Crosby and Kunitz to finally score when it no longer mattered. Hall should have been on this team!~

Edit: 23 people are too stupid to know what the tilde character means on this site.

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#53 Mack Strong
February 23 2014, 09:51AM
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Offense wins games…Defence wins Championships and Olympic GOLD Medals!!

What a collection of character!

These guys showed how you win games….

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#54 Will
February 23 2014, 09:58AM
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That was intense. The bar was packed. I said it at the beginning of the tournament that Canada's defense would single handily win the tournament. They put on a clinic all tournament long. Also, price made shut outs look effortless. I don't think he gave up a rebound the whole time. What a performance.

Finally, to be the best you have to beat the best. And on that note I'm rather sad that Sedin and Zetterburg were out with injuries. But I'm downright pissed that Backstrom was booted from the game 20 min before for taking allergy medication.

I'm glad as hell we won, but the road Canada took to victory was nothing short of easy.

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#55 Joe
February 23 2014, 10:19AM
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Kevin Lowe will tell us all how good he is because of this gold medal. Really, he was in the back room wondering if losing this game would score a sweet draft pick for 2018.

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#56 5inatrailer
February 23 2014, 10:26AM
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Kevin Lowe was there in case anyone had a concern about winning. He is our national winning consultant.

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#57 Oiler Al
February 23 2014, 11:17AM
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Was a great win, well balanced team and balanced play. The Price Was Right.Although you have to be honest, missing key forwards made it easier for jCanada. Not saying they would not have won with Zetterberg , Barckstrom and Sedin in the line up, but would have given them a better fight.

Should have dressed Suban instead of Hamhius, just to give him a few shifts.

PS.. Is there a more embarassing momement than coaches corner. CBC spends our money to fly and accomdate this guy for two weeks, just to babble nonsense for 4 minutes a game. Time to retire Cherry he, who is totally out of touch with hockey and the world in general. ie; Peter Angelo .. who is he.

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#58 Rod from Viking
February 23 2014, 11:44AM
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gr8one wrote:

I'm Canadian but live in the U.S. so I too was stuck with NBC's coverage.

I actually thought the opposite, I was pleasantly surprised at how fair and balanced the coverage was, and well done.

I made the comment after the initial part of the pregame, after that it was very fair if not a little pro Canada. My bad.

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#59 The Real Scuba Steve
February 23 2014, 12:20PM
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5inatrailer wrote:

Kevin Lowe was there in case anyone had a concern about winning. He is our national winning consultant.

Come on, They would have won without Kevin Lowe.

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#60 Serious Gord
February 23 2014, 12:40PM
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Good to get the win.

Hate this tournament format - and the Olympics in general and I hope this is the last time any Canadian over 20 plays in them.

That said, it was a real shame that:

We didn't get to play and beat the Russians (see format complaint above)

The swedes and cda weren't 100% healthy. There will always be what ifs in Both our and swedens minds...

Finally:

The international game is sick - suffering a severe case of constipation - no flow, no scoring, little physical contact. That's worrying because the nhl is also getting a bad case of it. Face it these games were boring - especially to those who aren't followers of the game.

Rule changes are desperately needed - foremost being dramatically reducing the size of goalie equipment. If that doesn't happen they might as well change from sticks to lacrosse rackets. It needs to be easier to score from outside the dots - that will pull the defenders out and thus open up (and save) the game.

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#61 PapaMike
February 23 2014, 12:44PM
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Jeffff wrote:

I hope all you see now how Taylor Hall could not be on this team.

As much as I wanted to see Hall on the big surface, he would not have succeeded at all. There is much room to improve for him with his puck battles along the boards. This tourney was for the big boys, mentally, and Hall is not there yet. I look forward to the 2022 Olympics and Hall leads the way....

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#62 Lowe Expectations
February 23 2014, 12:49PM
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To win in today's hockey, you must have structure and discipline. This is the main reason the Oilers are such losers. And you must have both. Until the best players on the Oilers show a commitment to playing with discipline within a system, winning will elude them.

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#63 OilClog
February 23 2014, 12:53PM
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@PapaMike

Taylor Hall is an elite player, Kunitz is not. End of discussion.

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#64 Hamhuis and Selanne sandwich
February 23 2014, 01:02PM
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Winning gold in Sochi... absolutely "Price"less!

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#65 Spydyr
February 23 2014, 01:15PM
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OilClog wrote:

Taylor Hall is an elite player, Kunitz is not. End of discussion.

Taylor Hall is NOT an elite player, Yet

Fixed it for you.

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#66 Wonger
February 23 2014, 01:36PM
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OKC at Marlies 2PM Sportsnet 360 HD. Might be our last chance to watch Big Steve Macintyre on a TV. Gotta a feeling he is retiring at the end of this year! HOPE NOT! GO BIG MAC!!!!!!!!

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#67 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
February 23 2014, 01:51PM
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I'm almost scared to go back to watching the Oilers after the unreal hockey we've been treated to the last couple weeks.

Aw who am I kidding, LET'S GO OILERS!

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#68 **
February 23 2014, 02:10PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Good to get the win.

Hate this tournament format - and the Olympics in general and I hope this is the last time any Canadian over 20 plays in them.

That said, it was a real shame that:

We didn't get to play and beat the Russians (see format complaint above)

The swedes and cda weren't 100% healthy. There will always be what ifs in Both our and swedens minds...

Finally:

The international game is sick - suffering a severe case of constipation - no flow, no scoring, little physical contact. That's worrying because the nhl is also getting a bad case of it. Face it these games were boring - especially to those who aren't followers of the game.

Rule changes are desperately needed - foremost being dramatically reducing the size of goalie equipment. If that doesn't happen they might as well change from sticks to lacrosse rackets. It needs to be easier to score from outside the dots - that will pull the defenders out and thus open up (and save) the game.

Another fresh piece of t.u.r.d. brought to you by Senile Gord.

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#69 **
February 23 2014, 02:13PM
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Jeffff wrote:

Celebrating?? What are you celebrating were you on the team ?

Go cheer for your laundry.

Kindly remove yourself from this country.

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#70 **
February 23 2014, 02:16PM
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Canada's play reminded me of Spain's play in the last world cup. Might not be the most spectacular, but it is structurally sound, committed to defense, effective, frustrating to the opposing team, and wins the big price. Credit to the coaches for implementing the systems and credit to the players for putting egos aside and buying in.

A perfect game.

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#71 **
February 23 2014, 02:23PM
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Randaman wrote:

Yes we get it. In fours from now he will be there in a prominent role if the NHL participates. Can we get back to celebrating now or do you have anymore negatives to key on? The best team I have ever seen play. Babcocks system was a perfect design for this group. We'll done Canada!!

It wasn't just Babcock, coach Julien was in charge of the penalty kill and they were the best at it. The team also had some of St. Louis defensive style in it, courtesy of Ken Hitchcock. Simply put, team Canada had more Cocks in their coaching staff than anyone else.

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#72 dougie79
February 23 2014, 02:25PM
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After this tournament, Oil should be able to get Subban for cheap.

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#73 Oilerfan
February 23 2014, 02:58PM
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That was the greatest team assembled in the history of sports. If you don't agree, you hate Canada and should be imprisoned in Guantanamo and classified as a terrorist. The rest of us look forward to Taylor Nugent-Eberle winning gold for Team Canada in 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030.

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#74 dougtheslug
February 23 2014, 03:10PM
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Will wrote:

That was intense. The bar was packed. I said it at the beginning of the tournament that Canada's defense would single handily win the tournament. They put on a clinic all tournament long. Also, price made shut outs look effortless. I don't think he gave up a rebound the whole time. What a performance.

Finally, to be the best you have to beat the best. And on that note I'm rather sad that Sedin and Zetterburg were out with injuries. But I'm downright pissed that Backstrom was booted from the game 20 min before for taking allergy medication.

I'm glad as hell we won, but the road Canada took to victory was nothing short of easy.

Easy? They beat the silver medallists, the bronze medallists, and the fourth place finishers.

They were also missing a few pieces due to injury (Tavares, Stamkos). Pretty hard to assemble 23 out of 23 of your best hockey players mid season without a few nicks and bruises.

Canada would have beaten anyone, anytime, anywhere in the universe today. They were that good. There are no questions.

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#75 LoweBlow
February 23 2014, 03:13PM
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The entire Oilers should watch the Canada medal round games over & over again. Then again. Our boys need to learn about turnovers & procession.

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#76 FSD
February 23 2014, 03:53PM
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Another boring hockey game on Olympic size ice. The only thing that made this game interesting was the stakes. 1 good game hockey in all of the olympics. MEH

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#77 Ralph
February 23 2014, 04:02PM
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LoweBlow wrote:

The entire Oilers should watch the Canada medal round games over & over again. Then again. Our boys need to learn about turnovers & procession.

No one on the Oilers know how to play a 2-way game. Unless they have been traded to the Oilers.

Oilers old boy philosophy has always been lets score 1 more goal then the other team 7-6 type games. But Oilers can't score like that.

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#78 Serious Gord
February 23 2014, 04:39PM
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** wrote:

Another fresh piece of t.u.r.d. brought to you by Senile Gord.

Interesting to see the negative response (thanks for reading). Curious as to what part you disagree with: the crap game play? The suggested rule changes? Are you content with the scarcity of scoring - possibly the lowest ever this season and in the iihf it averages one goal lower per game. That's soccer-level scoring frequency.

If the nhl had games like this every time it would fold within the year. Dreadful hockey played at an uber-elite level is still dreadful hockey.

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#79 Wax Man Riley
February 23 2014, 05:22PM
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Kunitz after the game:

"See guys?!?! I contributed! I'm good! I really am!"

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#80 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
February 23 2014, 05:24PM
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@Serious Gord

There's more to the game than scoring goals. I know you know this, so I assume you're just trolling.

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#81 Anton
February 23 2014, 05:35PM
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How to play the proper defense by team Canada:

1.Dominate the puck possession.

2.Crowd the neutral zone.

3.Keep the puck out of defensive zone.

4.Take away the middle.

Only if Oilers can learn from that...

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#82 Serious Gord
February 23 2014, 05:43PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

There's more to the game than scoring goals. I know you know this, so I assume you're just trolling.

Not trolling at all. In fact there was a very lengthy debate about this very topic (45min) on bob mcowns show on Friday - debaters included john Shannon and Damian cox. Low goals are a serious issue. Sure low scoring can be entertaining if it is due to scintillating goaltending and lots of scoring opportunities. That really wasn't what we saw this morning or in most of the games.

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#83 Zamboni Driver
February 23 2014, 06:22PM
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You know what, if you're STILL on the Kunitz thing you're a complete moron. Run now. Go look in the mirror. Yes, you. Moron.

They frickin' won.

Now I get as a blind faith Oilers fan that doesn't really compute this whole "winning" thing, but they did. They were victorious.

Also Kunitz scored a fantastic goal.

So really.

Shut the hell up.

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#84 kale
February 23 2014, 07:11PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Interesting to see the negative response (thanks for reading). Curious as to what part you disagree with: the crap game play? The suggested rule changes? Are you content with the scarcity of scoring - possibly the lowest ever this season and in the iihf it averages one goal lower per game. That's soccer-level scoring frequency.

If the nhl had games like this every time it would fold within the year. Dreadful hockey played at an uber-elite level is still dreadful hockey.

I personally loved todays game and thought there was some great hockey played over the course of the Olympics. Nonetheless I could have predicted your response Gord. Have you ever written anything that was not dripping with negativity and pessimism?

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#85 Serious Gord
February 23 2014, 08:02PM
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kale wrote:

I personally loved todays game and thought there was some great hockey played over the course of the Olympics. Nonetheless I could have predicted your response Gord. Have you ever written anything that was not dripping with negativity and pessimism?

I thought they were arguably the greatest team ever assembled. I think we we're let down by the format (no meeting with the Russians) injuries and big ice big goalies.

If my flaw is demanding the best I wear it proudly.

Ps- Russian anthem in closing ceremonies may have been the best ever. Stunning.

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#86 Anton
February 24 2014, 12:20AM
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Ralph Kreuger, got fired by Oilers, win gold with Canada. A good year for him.

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#87 Anton
February 24 2014, 12:23AM
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@Anton

And hired by EPL soccer team in England. Really good year for him, so why did MacT fired him for? Even non-hockey related teams want his service, he must know a thing or two.

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#88 Spydyr
February 24 2014, 06:22AM
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Anton wrote:

Ralph Kreuger, got fired by Oilers, win gold with Canada. A good year for him.

Just another bad decision in a long, long list of bad decisions by "the brain trust".

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#89 Joy S. Lee
February 24 2014, 08:51AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Just another bad decision in a long, long list of bad decisions by "the brain trust".

You know, it's entirely possible...maybe even probable...that Ralph Krueger was hired for Team Canada on Kevin Lowe's recommendation, right?

And, that Krueger's detailed information on their opponents may have been a vital cog in the wheel...makes Lowe smarter than most of us here give him credit for.

I don't know that it happened that way, I'm just supposing on likelihood or possibility. Oilers management wants to build a great organization, and they try to be dignified, and fair, and so on, but there are a lot of moving parts to that. There is a tendency to reject anything that doesn't fit our expectation or belief. Maybe we'd be better off being a little more aware, and little less judgmental. But then, I guess I'd be promoting acceptance over this forum designed to ignite passion and controversy. And, it's ok, I'm as susceptible to getting caught up in it as anybody. But IT IS LIKELY that Lowe had a hand in Canada utilizing Krueger. And we won, at least in part due to that. Props for Lowe...imagine that...

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#90 Ian
February 24 2014, 10:00AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

I thought they were arguably the greatest team ever assembled. I think we we're let down by the format (no meeting with the Russians) injuries and big ice big goalies.

If my flaw is demanding the best I wear it proudly.

Ps- Russian anthem in closing ceremonies may have been the best ever. Stunning.

The format was set up so that we could meet the Russians in the Gold medal game, in the event both teams made it there.

We beat all of our opposition, Russia lost 2 of their 5 games.

It wasn't the format, it was Russia's inability to win.

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#91 Mustangheart
February 24 2014, 10:11AM
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Joy S. Lee wrote:

You know, it's entirely possible...maybe even probable...that Ralph Krueger was hired for Team Canada on Kevin Lowe's recommendation, right?

And, that Krueger's detailed information on their opponents may have been a vital cog in the wheel...makes Lowe smarter than most of us here give him credit for.

I don't know that it happened that way, I'm just supposing on likelihood or possibility. Oilers management wants to build a great organization, and they try to be dignified, and fair, and so on, but there are a lot of moving parts to that. There is a tendency to reject anything that doesn't fit our expectation or belief. Maybe we'd be better off being a little more aware, and little less judgmental. But then, I guess I'd be promoting acceptance over this forum designed to ignite passion and controversy. And, it's ok, I'm as susceptible to getting caught up in it as anybody. But IT IS LIKELY that Lowe had a hand in Canada utilizing Krueger. And we won, at least in part due to that. Props for Lowe...imagine that...

I could not agree more. I cannot imagine Team Canada not asking Lowe for his comments / recommendations regarding Krueger.

If you all look at the Team Canada's Gold Medal Team picture, you'll see Krueger right behind Lowe. If they did not have the respect for each other, they would have been on opposite sides of the photo. What I do find odd in the picture, "Where is Hitchcock?"

For all the Canadian athletes, you did Canada proud!! Even to compete and participate at this level, is an amazing achievement and commitment.

Well Done!! Let's hope the Oilers have a few players on the 2018 team.

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