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Canada’s Smith says anything other than gold is a ‘failure’

Feb 12, 2014, 12:30 AM EDT

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Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith is one of Canada’s three goalies in Sochi, and with that he knows what the expectations are.

Smith tells the Coyotes’ website what he thinks of Canada’s chances are at the Olympic Games and he knows it’s gold or bust.

“The expectation is (to win) a gold medal. Anything else is a failure.” Smith said. “That pressure is fun to be a part of. I think everyone expects us to win gold. It’s gotten a lot harder over the years with how good everyone else has gotten and kind of caught up to Canada in a sense, but that makes it that much more fun.”

Those words might be blunt, but he’s not wrong.

Canada has arguably the best talent in Sochi and they are the odds on favorites to win gold. Add this along with Don Cherry saying it would be a “disaster” if Canada doesn’t win gold and you’ve got sky-high expectations.

He might not factor into whether or not Canada wins gold (he’s backing up Carey Price and Roberto Luongo), but Smith knows the stakes on the line.

  1. blomfeld - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:09 AM


    the bottom line is that Mike Smith knows what he’s talking about … in fact, about the only thing you could fault with his remarks above is that Canada’s gold medal hopes lie squarely on his shoulders alone, not those two headcases from Montreal ! The following is an excerpt from an interview which I had earlier today with my old friend Sven Bengtsson (editor in chief) at the Goteborg Posten newspaper …

    Bengtsson: comrade Blomfeld, do you really think that Mike Smith is Canada’s answer in goal ?

    Blomfeld: Ja, I believe that he is, as their other two goalies are mentally unbalanced

    Bengtsson: of course that’s true, however how can you be sure that Babcock will see that too ?

    Blomfeld: Ja, even someone like him will eventually wake up to smell the coffee !

    Bengtsson: Ha ha ha ! … that’s so true !

    Blomfeld: yes it is friend

  2. opattytheirishrover - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Quite a bit of talk like this among the teams. For as much as people talk about Mr. Smith is a crybaby and all that…I’ve enjoyed watching him play and develop the past few years. And I believe (for no other reason than my Irish intuition) Mr. Smith probably gives them a better chance than the other two to push into the finals.

    In other news, I read a cave drawing claiming that Mike Smiths totem is a coyote. What are the odds.

    Comrade Blomfeld, this day, on the eve of battle in Sochi, we are friends…but in the coming of the dawn, we shall respect, but not parlay as friends. Until the conclusion of these games. It pains me, but such is the luck of the Irish. Inshallah, and god be with me as well. Until the conclusion…

    • blomfeld - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      *** A conversation overhead today between Buford and his First Officer Patty ***

      “You know whats going to happen here in the morning? The whole damn King’s army is going to be here. They’ll move through this town, occupy these hills on the other side and when our people get here Lee will have the high ground. There will be the devil to pay! The high ground! Meade will come in slowly, cautiously. New to command. They’ll be on his back in Washington. Wire hot with messages ‘Attack! Attack!’. So he will set up a ring around these hills. And when Lee’s army is nicely entrenched behind fat rocks on the high ground, Meade will finally attack, if he can coordinate the army. Straight up the hillside, out in the open, in that gorgeous field of fire. We will charge valiantly… and be butchered valiantly! And afterwards men in tall hats and gold watch fobs will thump their chest and say what a brave charge it was. Patty, I’ve led a soldier’s life, and I’ve never seen anything as brutally clear as this.

      GO KINGS GO !!! … WE’S A COM’N FUR YA !!!! :) :) :)

  3. kclovesgaming - Feb 12, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    I have zero confidence in Luongo and Price. And even if they do play well, every shot they face I will be cringing. I’d rather have Smith in net, but he’ll more than likely be on the bench the entire tournament.

  4. opattytheirishrover - Feb 12, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    ***an excerpt from a field message intercepted from the front***

    To the valiant remains of the 1st Blomfeld infantry from O’Patty,

    You have fought well and bravely. Forever you shall have the honor of telling your kin you fought bravely this day. Pity that battles have to identify a winner, for you, brave souls, have won the battle of spirit. Your determination and valor shall forever be etched on the story books read to our children many years from now.

    And once more do I look forward to the day when we shall be comrades again…this war is bloody business. Yet, must be waged to determine the proper and rightful owner of the gold trinkets.

    Fight forever long you feel necessary friend, for when this wretched ordeal is over, glory and honor shall be yours, and we shall raise a pint of stout and sing the ballads of old soldiers.

    Peace be with you,


    • blomfeld - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:16 AM

      May it be that the commenter known as Patty soon encounters ‘additional’ lakes of expensive wine and armies of highly attractive women … inshallah !

      God speed friend, comrade Blomfeld :)

      • bsaures - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        Blomfeld Why whenever I see a article on PHT with a few comments on it half of them are just you being a annoying d bag?

  5. charlieconway96 - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    USA! USA! USA!

  6. wishingtonredslur - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    If Canada doesn’t get Gold than we would probably be inconsolable for 10 or 12 seconds.

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