s wrecked the 1998 Tour. "The real problem was, the sport was on life
Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:53 pm
MONTREAL - Keeping up with the pace and playing solid two-way hockey will count for more than scoring goals at the Super Subway Series, says the head coach of Canadas team for the World Junior Hockey Championship. Stephen Gostkowski Jersey .Benoit Groulx considers the six game series that pits Canadas major junior leagues against a visiting team from Russia as prime chance to evaluate players and decide who will be invited to the team selection camp.First of all, were going to face a very good Russian team, Groulx said Monday. Its an opportunity for our guys to show us how they can adapt to that level and the style of hockey we want to play.Its not about showcasing themselves by scoring goals or only playing one way. Its about playing our style. Its a great opportunity for us to see who can adapt to that level of hockey.There is extra attention on the Canadian team, and its star attraction Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters, with the world juniors to be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Montreal and Toronto. Canada has not won gold since 2009 in Ottawa.The Subway Series has an all-star team from the Western Hockey League facing the Russian national juniors Nov. 10 in Saskatoon and the following night in Brandon, Man.The Ontario Hockey League stars play them Nov. 13 in Peterborough and Nov. 17 in Kingston, while the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League faces the Russians Nov. 18 in Bathurst, N.B. and Nov. 20 in Rimouski, Que.The games will go a long way toward deciding which players, and how many, will be invited to the selection camp Dec. 11-15 at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto.We want to have a competitive camp, said Groulx. Well see after the Subway Series how it plays out.There were 41 players at a summer evaluation camp in Montreal, but some of them are likely to be kept by the NHL teams that drafted them. Aaron Ekblad, the first overall pick in June, is doing well with the Florida Panthers while 2013 third-overall pick Jonathan Drouin may stick with the Tampa Bay Lightning, although he was recently demoted to the fourth line.The Canadian team that finished fourth at the world juniors in Malmo, Sweden in January, had 11 players eligible to return this year, including Ekblad, Drouin and the 17-year-old McDavid, a favourite to go first overall in the 2015 NHL draft.Others are goalie Zach Fucale of the Halifax Mooseheads, defencemen Chris Bigras of the Owen Sound Attack and Josh Morressey of the Prince Albert Raiders and forwards Frederik Gauthier of the Rimouski Oceanic, Bo Horvat of the London Knights, Curtis Lazar of the Edmonton Oil Kings, Nic Petan of the Portland Winterhawks and Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice.Reinhart was sent back to junior by the Buffalo Sabres last week. Horvat was injured in an NHL pre-season game with the Vancouver Canucks. He returned on the weekend from an AHL conditioning stint, but it is not known if the Vancouver Canucks will keep him or return him to London. The Ottawa Senators have the same decision to make on Lazar.Some NHL clubs may opt to keep a junior age player, but then loan him out for the world juniors if they feel that is best for his development.Groulx isnt worrying about which NHL players will be available until he has to.Were watching everybody, but mostly our guys in junior hockey, he said. Thats the one we focus on because we know well get the best players out of our three leagues.Well wait and address the situation when the time comes. Everythings in play now. Its too early to tell exactly whats going to happen.Some high draft picks will be in the running, including fourth overall pick Sam Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs, fifth overall Michael Dal Colle of the Oshawa Generals, sixth pick Jake Vertanen of the Calgary Hitmen, and seventh pick Haydn Fleury of the Red Deer Rebels.Right-winger Emile Poirier of Groulxs Gatineau Olympiques may also have a shot, as would Guelph Storm forward Robby Fabbri and rearguard Darnell Nurse of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.The Canadian team hopes to play what Groulx called the tight checking style used by Canada to win gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.Groulx attended a news conference at which Martin Raymond, who has been announced Oct. 15 would be an assistant coach, was made available to the media.Raymond, a former Tampa Bay assistant who now coaches the Drummondville Voltigeurs, will act as advance scout to help in game planning and be the spotter from the pressbox during games.Its different but also exciting, said Raymond, who coached Canadas under-18 squad to a gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka tournament in the Czech Republic in August. Its fun to watch what the Swedes do and then watch the Slovaks and the U.S., all different styles.Its part of coaching I really enjoy.Tournament organizers also announced a series of ticket mini packages to help spur lagging sales in Montreal, where Canada will play its preliminary round games before moving to Toronto for the knockout games.Canada opens the tournament Dec. 26 against Slovakia at the Bell Centre. David Harris Jersey . Although Olivetti, a qualifier, had 13 aces, he failed to force a single break-point chance on Gasquets serve and lost his own three times. Gasquet next plays third-seeded Jerzy Janowicz of Poland, who won had 18 aces in a 6-2, 6-4 win against seventh-seeded Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France. Donald Trump Jersey . The Raptors have been outscored 88-66 in the opening quarter over a three-game span to begin the month of February. Their most recent loss, 109-101 in Sacramento on Wednesday, was eerily similar to Saturdays defeat at the hands of the Trail Blazers. http://www.shoptheofficialpatriots.com/Elite-Duron-Harmon-Patriots-Jersey/ . Doug Fister allowed two runs over seven innings and Washington hit three solo homers in a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.Lance Armstrong claims former International Cycling Union president Hein Verbruggen instigated a coverup of his doping at the 1999 Tour de France. Armstrong told Britains Daily Mail newspaper in an interview published Monday that Verbruggen insisted "weve got to come up with something" to explain his positive tests for a banned corticosteroid. Cyclings governing body, the UCI, appeared to ignore its own anti-doping rules when it accepted Armstrongs backdated prescription for a cream to treat saddle sores. That allowed Armstrong to continue in the race and he went on to win the first of his seven Tours, helping revive the sport after doping scandals wrecked the 1998 Tour. "The real problem was, the sport was on life support," Armstrong was quoted telling the newspaper. "And Hein just said, This is a real problem for me, this is the knockout punch for our sport ... so weve got to come up with something. So we backdated the prescription." Though Armstrong has acknowledged the prescription excuse in a television interview with Oprah Winfrey, he had not previously linked Verbruggen or other UCI officials with a coverup. Verbruggen, who served as UCI president until 2005, did not respond to phone messages on Monday. The Dutch official, who is still listed by the UCI as its honorary president, has long denied any collusion with Armstrong despite widespread claims the American rider was protected. Verbruggen was granted honorary membership by the IOC in 2008 after 12 years service, and will complete his duties as chairman of the Olympic Broadcasting Service after the Sochi Winter Games in February. The IOC responded cautiously to Armstrongs allegations. "It is hard to give any credibility to the claims of a cyclist who appears to have misled the world for decades," the Olympic body said in a statement Monday. Eric Rowe Jersey. . "That said, the UCI is currently working on plans to investigate the matter more thoroughly and we await proper considered outcomes from this investigation rather than on rumour and accusation." Armstrong spoke out while the UCI is in the process of creating an independent commission that will examine alleged official collusion, and he is expected to be the star witness. Armstrong, who is seeking a reduction in his lifetime ban, told the Daily Mail that he would reveal details of how the UCI operated. "I have no loyalty toward them," he said. "In the proper forum Ill tell everyone what they want to know. Im not going to lie to protect these guys. I hate them. They threw me under the bus." In October 2012, the UCI decided not to challenge a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency verdict to strip Armstrong of his Tour titles and ban him for life. Verbruggens successor, Pat McQuaid, said the disgraced rider deserved to be forgotten by the sport. The UCI has been led since September by British official Brian Cookson, who defeated McQuaid in a presidential election where the Armstrong case and cyclings doping past were central issues. In a statement Monday, the UCI said its commission would "invite individuals to provide evidence." "We would urge all those involved to come forward and help the Commission in its work in the best interests of the sport of cycling," the governing body said. "This investigation is essential to the well-being of cycling in fully understanding the doping culture of the past, the role of the UCI at that time and helping us all to move forward to a clean and healthy future." Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '