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Thread: Canada wins the Spengler Cup
12-31-2012, 11:13 AM #1
Canada wins the Spengler Cup
I'm not sure how many people got up at 6 a.m. to watch this one, but it was a dominating performance by Canada. Entertaining, fast-moving hockey on the big ice, with some of our Euro-based NHLers like Ryan Smyth, Patrice Bergeron, Matt Duchene, Devan Dubnyk, Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza all having great tournaments. And the play of John Tavares all tournament long was incredible - I'd like to see how his NHL game has matured even since last season.
They thumped a pretty good Davos team that included Joe Thornton, Pat Kane and a lot of skilled forwards. Great hockey, even if it will never get the attention afforded to the World Juniors. Great job by a bunch of guys who are always proud to represent their country.
12-31-2012, 11:41 AM #2
Watched a few games of it; Schneider looked pretty good in net for Fribourg, even in a 5-1 loss against Canada. Most of the goals scored in this tournament were of highlight real calibre too. It was phenomenal to watch, even without the big name NHLers. It's one of the best tournaments to watch (minus the ads all over the place).
12-31-2012, 12:06 PM #3
I saw the first period great job by the canucks. what was the final score?
12-31-2012, 12:11 PM #4
12-31-2012, 12:26 PM #5
Congrats to them - it's a very under-appreciated tournament that always gets second billing from a lot of fans. It did have a lot more star power to it this year, so hopefully the added profile will carry over to future years. yay Canada!
01-02-2013, 12:33 PM #6
I have not read a story written about this anywhere...... but I'm pretty sure that with this win, Ryan Smyth becomes the only player to have Gold medals from the World Junior Championship, World Championship, World/Canada Cup, Olympics, and Spengler..... though based on its nature, maybe a little iffy to call the Spengler a truely 'international' tourney.
01-02-2013, 12:40 PM #7
01-02-2013, 12:47 PM #8
Too bad Toews didn't play on this Spengler team, he could have joined Bergeron on that list!
01-02-2013, 02:43 PM #9
Yeah, I was looking at the international tournaments only (i.e. no Stanley, Calder, or Memorial Cups).
Again - I don't know that you can really call the Spengler an international touranments. It's club teams from several European Leagues, and a 'Team Canada'.
When you look at just international tournaments, it is Smyth that now has the most unique ones. Bergeron never had the oppertunity for a World Cup (or Canada Cup).
Best I can tell, the only other players to have won WJC, WC, World Cup (or Canada Cup) and Olympic Gold are:
Smyth would be the only guy from that list to have also won a Spengler Cup - though I suspect the others..... and winning a Stanley Cup.... are just happy with their careers.
There's talk of brining back the World Cup every other year.... Bergeron may still get his chance at that one yet.
01-02-2013, 09:04 PM #10
My problem with the Spengler Cup is that with only 3 teams per division Canada was able to go 1 win and 1 OTL and get a bye to the semis. Then win the semi and final and they are Champions. Too short of a tournament but still entertaining and the players and fans care about it.
The tournament should add a team from the top Finnish and Swedish leagues and expand that way. I heard rumors that the tournament is considering adding an AHL team to it if a deal can be made.