Back in March, I tried to wrap my head around this World Cup of Hockey. At the time, I was disappointed the NHL and NHLPA had "fiddled with the basic premise" by introducing two teams that are not countries.
In a couple of hours, I'll be tuning in to watch Canada face one of those manufactured teams in game one of the best-of-three final. Team Europe, a team we beat 4-1 in the round robin, is tasked with trying to halt Canada's 14-game win streak in best-on-best competition.
As this tournament approached, I wasn't sure if I'd get into it. My Jays are in a wildcard spot, it sure doesn't feel like the Olympics and there are those aforementioned manufactured teams that still irk me.
But I'm definitely watching. I don't think I've missed one of Canada's games, and I caught quite of bit of Team North America. It's been awfully entertaining, even though Canada's thoroughly dominated. I've enjoyed the World Cup, but I think I'd be more excited about tonight if we were facing Sweden, Russia or the United States.
Here's hoping they go back to eight countries next time. It still won't feel like the Olympics, but we'll be a great deal closer.
Go Canada, Go!