Few countries, if any, have the connection Canada has with the sport of hockey. Which is why the expectations of its Olympic teams will spill over beyond obsession.
That Pavel Bure was named to run the Russian Olympic project has many scratching their heads.
Despite its loss in the worlds quarters, the U.S. national team has turned the generational corner successfully. Or has it?
Team USA followed up its dominance of Sweden with a lackluster tie against Ukraine. Will it come back to haunt them?
Team USA GM Don Waddell used to all but beg players to compete in the worlds. That might change after this year's tournament.
Sure, it's a dubious time for the NHL. But canceling the 2004-05 season is the best thing Gary Bettman could have done.