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Canada benefits from controversial call to defeat United States



For Team USA it was, “O Say Can You See We Got Jobbed.”

With no video replay in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup Team Canada escaped with a last-gasp goal by Dylan Cozens that shouldn’t have counted because the clock showed 0:00 on TSN’s feed before the puck had beaten goalie Dylan Wolf, then Josh Williams won it 1:44 into overtime in a wild and wacky 6-5 piece of entertainment Friday night.

So, Canada, who’ve won the under 18 summer championship nine of the last 10 years and 21 out of 27 live to fight another day against Sweden in Saturday’s gold-medal final while the Yanks lost a game they should have won on a hat-trick by Nick Robertson and a third-period goal by Luke Toporowski before Cozens fired a shot past Wolf

While it could have been Woe Canada for the home side, the Americans were singing the sad song and the ending clouded what was a fantastic hockey game on both sides with miscues, misfires, high-fives and brilliant plays.

Hockey Canada president Tom Renney definitely felt for the Americans.

The zebras huddled after the Cozens goal, and counted it, feeling it had beat the buzzer, with no TV look at it, although they didn’t count the first Robertson goal that was in and out and moved the water bottle until they talked it over and reversed the non-call. It was very hard to see the bottle bobbling to the naked eye.

“The bottom line is before the tournament it was decided there would be no video review because the three buildings (Red Deer, Rogers Place and the Downtown Community Rink) we were using, all don’t have that capacity,” said the former Oilers coach Renney.

“Last time I was facing this much media I was getting fired,” he laughed.

“It was decided and signed off on by all the teams for consistency and fairness that the officials would make the call on the ice. It seems like there was a discrepancy in terms of the end of the game and the call that was made but we’re not criticizing officials here,” said Renney, who must have felt like former NHL head of officials Bryan Lewis, trying to explain the explainable when the NHL allowed Brett Hull’s toe-in-the-crease Stanley Cup winner in 1999.

“If I’m the U.S. squad, I’m looking at this with a bit of a jaundiced eye as to what they have to do to win a hockey game. If I’m the U.S. squad, I’m scratching my head. They are owed some type of explanation and I’ll go and talk to them next,” said Renney.

Canadian coach Andre Tourigny admitted the ending would have left his team sour.

“If it had been us we’d have been frustrated for sure,” said Tourigny.
“It was a really tight call, and the rules are the rules.”

Tourigny picked the right guy Cozens on the last shift of the third.

“He was one of our best players today … lots of reasons to put him out there,” he said.

American coach Cory Laylin was heart-broken for his kids, who lost it when Williams got his second of the night, hammering a shot home as he came off the bench in overtime.

“It’s hard for the guys, they battled valiantly. I think they deserved better,” said Laylin. “I’m proud of how they handled it, it’s such an emotional time.”

Laylin knew there was no video replay in the tournament, but how did they count the first Robertson goal then after originally not allowing it?

“That’s a good point. That was my argument as well.”

The Americans led 3-2 after the first with American forward Aaron Huglen scoring on a lacrosse shot, flipping the puck onto his blade and casually back-handing it past Canadian goalie Nolan Maier.

“I’ve haven’t seen a lacrosse goal in a long time,” said Winnipeg Jets’ GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.

Alexix Lafreniere, Jamieson Rees and Xavier Parent had the other Canadian goals.


In a wild finish after a sleepy first 40 minutes, Swedish centre Karl Henriksson lifted his underdog club into the gold-medal game in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup with a goal with 45 seconds left Friday to defeat Russia 2-1.

After Russian winger Vasili Podkolzin went end-to-end, splitting the Swedish defence and back-handing a shot by goalie Hugo Alnefelt with 114 seconds to play, Henriksson stunned the favoured Russians in the last minute.

His 20-footer beat Russian goalie Yaroslav Askarov on the short side with the netminder too deep in his net because Henriksson had faked like he was going to pass.

The Swedes broke the scoreless tie on a power play 40-footer by one of the tournament’s best defencemen Philip Broberg six minutes into the third and looked like they might blank the Russians who had scored 18 goals in their three wins in Red Deer to top their pool before the probable top 10 2019 pick Podkolzin scored the goal of the tournament.

“No goals in the first, no goals in the second … and we knew then we were in a good position,” said Swedish coach Magnus Havelid. “Lucky (winning) goal maybe but it was our night.

“We didn’t have the power in our legs and we needed our heads. Sometimes you need a plan B, and you follow it.

“Maybe it was an ugly win for the group but we’re in the finals.”

Neither team had much gas in the tank because it was their fourth game in five days in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup with a fifth in six nights in the gold medal game upcoming Saturday.


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Leafs' Morgan Rielly marvels at Kings' Drew Doughty's ability to eat up minutes




Morgan Rielly doesn’t have the Los Angeles Kings’ schedule memorized.

Still, there’s a habit the Maple Leafs defenceman has fallen into each time the Kings play.

“I check his minutes after every one of their games and they are always 25 and north,” Rielly said on Monday.

“You want to be one of those guys who plays those kind of minutes. Not everybody is capable of doing that. He is certainly a guy who works hard and he is a great skater and he is able to get up and down the ice all night. Seems like he never gets tired.”

The player in question, of course, is Kings defenceman Drew Doughty, a player who has drawn the admiration of players across the NHL since his rookie season of 2008-09, just months after he was chosen second overall by the Kings.

If it seems like Doughty doesn’t take a shift off, it’s because he never really has: Through 775 career NHL games before the Kings and Leafs clashed at Scotiabank Arena on Monday night, the London, Ont., native averaged 26 minutes, 16 seconds a game, putting him among the NHL’s leaders in that span.

Doughty, who won the Norris Trophy in 2016, was atop the NHL at 27 minutes, 22 seconds prior to Monday, and in his previous 10 NHL seasons, has finished in the top 10 six times.

Does the 28-year-old Doughty spend much time pondering how it is that he is able to play with the kind of stamina that eludes the majority of NHL defencemen?

“I think I’m just lucky to have a good brain for the game,” Doughty said. “A lot of guys exude a lot of energy when they are on the ice. I’m able to be well-positioned, therefore I don’t need to give out as much energy as other guys. I think that’s the key.”

Fine, but how critical is rest?

“I don’t want to rest,” Doughty said. “I want to go out there, I want to play 30 minutes every night. I get tired, I do. But if I get my rest in between games on days off, they keep me off the ice and just throw me in the gym and stuff like that, I recover pretty quick.

“Rest is important, but resting mentally is more important than anything.”

Rielly was averaging 21 minutes, 15 seconds a game through the Leafs’ first six games; his career high for a season came in 2015-16, when he came in at 23 minutes, 14 seconds.

As Rielly makes the necessary steps to becoming a complete defenceman, he marvels at what Doughty consistently has done.

“For sure,” Rielly said. “And the difference between 23 minutes and 26 minutes might just be three minutes, but really, that’s a lot. It’s really impressive. (Doughty) is probably one of my favourite players in the league and a guy I really look up to.”

For Rielly and fellow Leafs defenceman Travis Dermott, what’s important now is staying committed to growth and development each day, while keeping in mind the broader view. Dermott is a few years behind Rielly, but Dermott is on the way to becoming a sharp top-four defenceman, one capable of getting tough minutes when he gets that tap from coach Mike Babcock.

“A big part of it is being strong mentally and really understanding that there is a bigger picture,” Rielly said. “You want to do everything right now. I do, and I’m sure (Dermott) does, but it’s tough.”

The end result, in a perfect world, would be attaining the kind of status that Doughty has with the Kings, even if the minutes played aren’t equalled.

“The goal is that when you get into your prime years, you want to be able to play in all situations,” Rielly said. “You want to have the trust of the coaching staff, you want to be able to play huge minutes and be a big part of a winning team.”

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Kenya's Only Hockey Team Comes To Canada To Play First-Ever Game




Being part of an ice hockey team in Africa poses some challenges, as one can probably imagine.

Outdoor rinks are out of the picture, thanks to the weather. Indoor rinks are very hard to come by — there’s only one in all of East and Central Africa. Finding hockey skates and sticks is likely a hassle, if not impossible.

But for Kenya’s only hockey team, the problem was less so logistic, and more so very basic: they didn’t have anyone to play against.

Tim Hortons

A member of the Kenya Ice Lions walks through the streets of Nairobi with a hockey stick.

Despite holding twice-weekly practices at a 1,400-square-metre rink at the Panari Sky Center Hotel in Nairobi, the Kenya Ice Lions had never played a proper game. Instead, it was inter-team drills and shinny.

That is, until Tim Hortons came along.

The Canadian coffee chain heard about the Ice Lions and decided to bring 12 team members to Canada to play their first real hockey game.

Tim Hortons

The Ice Lions all decked out in their new gear and personalized jerseys.

The team was outfitted with new skates, sticks, protective equipment, and personalized jerseys.

Before they took to the ice, however, they were surprised with a double-double addition to the roster. To help stack the team a bit, Tim Hortons added Nova Scotia hockey phenoms Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon. (Crosby is the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins and MacKinnon is an alternate captain for the Colorado Avalanche, for those not up-to-speed on NHL superstars.)

In the video, one of the Kenyan players can be seen stroking Crosby’s face. “Is it you?” he asks, in disbelief.

“It is a dream to not only have the chance to play in Canada, but to play—for the first time—in full gear alongside two of the greatest players of the game,” said Benard Azegere, captain of the Kenya Ice Lions, in a statement.

“When we first started playing in Kenya, we didn’t even have full equipment, but now not only do we have that, we can say we’ve played a real game with some All-Star teammates.”

Watch the full video of the Ice Lions’ trip to Canada. Be sure to grab a few tissues, though, as it’s a tearjerker!

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Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon skate with players from Kenya in new Tim Hortons ad




HALIFAX—Cole Harbour’s hockey stardom double-double are back in another Tim Hortons promotional video that will get the heart strings brewing.

The lengthy online ad posted Monday by the famous coffee company introduces the world to what is called Kenya’s only hockey team, players who are eventually brought to Toronto where they are introduced to Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche.

Sitting inside a dressing room, the players are soon greeted by Crosby and MacKinnon — both hockey stars from Cole Harbour, N.S. — who are in full uniform like the players from Kenya.

“Sidney … seeing him come through the dressing room door in full gear — I feel like I’m in heaven,” says one of the players in the ad.

“Is this true?” asks another player as he rubs Crosby’s face.

“It’s me, it’s me,” No. 87 bashfully replies.

From there, the players take the ice for a scrimmage game — with MacKinnon and Crosby serving as teammates.

“That’s the best part about the game — how it reaches so many people, places like Kenya where you wouldn’t even think there was any ice,” Crosby later says in the three minute and 20-second ad.

“To meet people from different places and to share the game that we love to play, I think I had just as much fun as any of those guys did today.”

Since early Monday, a Twitter post showcasing the ad has been retweeted more than 700 times and liked more than 1,300 times.

This is the latest work by Crosby and MacKinnon for Tim Hortons. Their work for the coffee brand is best remembered for the time they took over drive-thru duties at a Halifax location back in 2015.

Philip Croucher is a reporter and StarMetro bureau chief based in Halifax. Follow him on Twitter: @philip_croucher

Philip Croucher is a reporter and StarMetro bureau chief based in Halifax. Follow him on Twitter: @philip_croucher

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