When Gary Bettman broke this nation's collective heart, I found a silver lining in the clouds. I envisioned a World Championship with the best of the best going at it once more for hockey supremacy. Perhaps the Great One would build another super Team Canada. I had high hopes.
One by one, I'm reading about our superstars declining the invitation to Austria. Yesterday, I was particularly surprised to learn Vincent Lecavalier and Jose Theodore, two members of the 2004 World Cup of Hockey championship team, have said they won't compete for Canada. Others who have already said no are Mario Lemieux, Jarome Iginla and Joe Sakic. I'm wondering who will lead this team.
Perhaps this will be Joe Thornton's team. Will Martin Brodeur be between the pipes? Will Scott Niedermayer, Ed Jovanovski, Adam Foote and Rob Blake be patrolling the blue line?
It won't be the best of the best, but it will be an awesome tournament and a nice hockey fix when we need it most. Go Canada Go!
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