Slovakia 3, Canada 2. Damn.

Canada is out of the World Hockey Championships, having lost to Slovakia in the Quarter-finals.

Slovakia 3, Canada 2

Darryl Sydor (an Edmontonian from the Dallas Stars): "There's no way I'm going to ever turn down the call," said Sydor, who has played in three worlds. "There's no reason we can't win this (expletive) tournament. Maybe those guys (who said No) will learn how important it is to come here."

I'm pretty pissed off about us not winning this tournament. Check this out from today's Hockey Sportsmailer:

"Here are the members of the 2002 men's Olympic hockey team who didn't make the playoffs: Mario Lemieux, Ed Belfour, Eric Lettuce [Jim: That's Eric Lindros... they don't like him much I guess], Paul Kariya, Theo Fleury, Jarome Iginla, Ryan Smyth and Eric Brewer.

Here are the members of the 2002 men's Olympic hockey team who were ousted early in the first round: Martin Brodeur, Ed Jovanovski, Simon Gagne, Joe Nieuwendyk, Michael Peca, and Scott Niedermayer.

And here are the ones who made the trip to Sweden to help out Team Canada in the World Championship: Ryan Smyth and Eric Brewer. [Jim: Both of whom play for the Edmonton Oilers. Also note 3 other non-Olympian Oilers are playing for Canada in the worlds]

Okay, Lemieux has hip problems, and Peca was crippled by Darcy Tucker in the first round, but what about the rest of those chumps, eh? Look at Smyth: He played on a bum ankle for half the season, for the Olympics, and now for Canada again. He's every bit as inspirational as Steve Yzerman is and then some because there's no money and no Stanley Cup at the end. And Brewer is playing his way into the elite of the league. For a kid, the experience he's getting and the leadership he's gaining is going to make him one of the brightest stars in the NHL for a long long time.

So a big fat raspberry goes out to the boys who didn't play in Sweden (sorry, Jarome, we love you, but would it have hurt you to go?) and a great big smooch to the two proud Oilers who are helping Canada continue this incredible year of hockey dominance."


Written on May 8, 2002