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Team Canada emphasizes new blood, not retreading 2010

Aug 25, 2013, 5:58 PM EDT

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Team Canada’s management team and coaching staff emphasized a variety of factors from dealing with a larger ice surface and learning from struggles in 2006. If there was one factor that towered over the rest, it was this: it’s about the present, not the past … even if it means leaving behind guys who were on that gold medal-winning team in 2010.

“What happened in 2010 … that’s over with. This is a new opportunity,” Head coach Mike Babcock said, via TSN’s Mark Masters. “We’ll be a younger group.”

Babcock noted the obvious on Sunday: that guys like Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger won’t be around this time. Even so, he (also somewhat obviously) expects the team to be loaded with championship-level players.

He did note that, like his Detroit Red Wings teams, he has no issues playing centers at the wing. Babcock insisted that he wants to get the best players out there.

One tie-breaker could very well be speed, however, as everyone from Babcock to Kevin Lowe and Ken Hitchcock emphasized how important it was to compile a team with a lot of skating ability.

Still, GM Steve Yzerman said that isn’t the only factor, as the team won’t just consist of the “14 fastest forwards and eight fastest defensemen,” as the Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno reports.

  1. sampulls - Aug 25, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Lets face it. The real competition is to see who will win silver, cause Canada already has the gold locked up.

    • themagicman1223 - Aug 25, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      I’m canadian but I don’t agree with this, hockey is such an unpredictable sport that anything can happen. Of course Canada has the most talented team, but we are not locked to win the gold.

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        2014 team not as strong as 2010 , soooo

    • bettwoman - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:42 AM

      Yeah especially since they had 3 goalies last time… of which blew it to usa in the tournament. The other of which never saw ice time and walked out in his shoes on a rubber mat to receive a gold medal and a third who cried after not being traded and is currently already on the doubt by an nhl not national team. Maybe Nabokov will pull the old oh yeah I was born in Kazakhstan but play for any team, say Canada and help them win :p nah but in all seriousness I look forward to the entire Olympics. Sweden Finland Russia Canada usa, all filled with talent

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 25, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    I’m thinking a repeate of the 2010 results.

  3. robertsds - Aug 25, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    They won in ot hardly a mandate

  4. kingsforever - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    In OT sure…but did you watch the gameplay? Puck never left the Americans’ zone

    • bettwoman - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      Um they did lose to america in the Olympics as well……and then only won in OT…..

  5. jonkchar - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    @kingsforever had the Team USA defense not screwed up on I think it was the second goal, the game very well could have ended differently

  6. fredericton101 - Aug 26, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    It’s really quite simple…..Canada Gold and USA Silver…..the way it usually is!

  7. 19to77 - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Much has been said about goaltending concerns and how well Canada can match up in net to the Finns or Americans.

    And yet remarkably little has been said about how other teams will respond to being buried in line after line after line of All-Stars.

  8. badintent - Aug 28, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    New blood ? Is that like the Blood Canadian Dr. Galea brought( some red Blood platelets and HGH) into the States only to get busted ? Sorry Tiger Woods , you didn’t get your treatment. Stick to the Adderall

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