Canada is all set to play against Russia in gold-medal match of IIHF World Junior Championship 2015 at the Air Canada Center earlier on Monday.
It is the fourteenth time in history of the event those squads have met in WJC title match, and the 8th time since the year 1996. Russia defeated Sweden 4-1 goals in the semifinal match on Sunday while Canada defeated Slovakia 5-1.
Joshua Morrissey, the Canada defense player, told that this is very special, Russia and Canada; it is one of those top rivalries in hockey. It is always very intense. Listening the fans shouting ‘Canada’ and ‘We want Russia’ at last was quite cool. It is very inspiring.<!–more–>
Canada keeps a 7-6 lead in the championship games. However, Russia has beaten Canada in playoff round at last 4 events that even includes bronze-medal match in 2013 and 2014. Connor McDavid, the Canada forward, said that this would be very unbelievable. He dream of getting this scope and they have it in front of them. But they could not look too far ahead because we have a <a href=”http://www.iloveeverton.info”>great Russian team next</a>. This is going to be quite cool.
Joe Hicketts, the Canada defense player, told that they knew that they have to play a complete sixty minutes of hard hitting and fast-paced hockey against Russia. They anticipate them to play a fast game too. They play more of a North American-style of hockey on this NHL-sized ice. They would have to get pucks deep and hopefully withstand some of their push-backs.
It is very good news to the residents of the Queen City and the Buffalo Sabres fans. Ted Black, president of the Buffalo Sabres informed reporters on Monday that the rising stars in the field of ice hockey will be practicing in downtown Buffalo for the pre-draft scouting combine, NHL for the following two years.
The descent of the players along with their family and friends no doubt will be a great boost to the economy in the western part of New York in 2015-2016, the prestige associated with the pre-drafts is considered more valuable. Nearly 125 players and with an average between 6 and12 NHL representatives will visit Buffalo for the pre-draft procedures. This is a welcome change from the monotonous suburban Toronto where the combine had been held since 1999.
The combine is a place where different NHL teams hold individual interviews to determine fitness and skill tests that can possibly increase their value during the actual drafting process. With Buffalo making its presence felt in the hockey world, Black carries a dream of having every NHL player trained in the Western province of New York.
The HARBORcenter like the Niagara center provides visitors and athletes an all-in-one package with hotels, restaurants, and an additional training space that is off-ice. The advantage of the combine to be conducted in the tri-rink facility has its own reward as there is chance for it to grow to the maximum prosperity as is seen fit. Jody Lomeo, CEO and President, Kaleida Health said, “The combine coming to Buffalo is doing its nit in pushing the city forward. We have still not moved out of the Renaissance. The people of Buffalo have been waiting for this day since a very long time.”