You have to read it to believe it, if you can get through it. Here's Hockey Canada president and CEO Tom Renney explaining away Team Canada's poor performance at the world junior hockey championship, from a Toronto Sun article yesterday.
Here's some key excerpts, with commentary by Blogovich, in italics, to save you some time:
“We’re not happy with our situation obviously. We’re not happy with where we finished,” said Renney. “This is a competition like any at the world level that will expose deficiencies in teams throughout the course of the competition and also eliminate some of the things that are real good about a federation, ours included. The fact of the matter is we came up short and we have to sit back and evaluate why and come up with solutions and not point fingers.” 'eliminate some of the things that are real good about a federation…" er, what?
“If you look at the evolution of the competition, success at world championships is pretty unique, no question,” said Renney. “You want to be on the podium. You want to be in the hunt for a medal every single time, if not winning. We’ll never apologize for that pursuit, which is why as much as anything that bothers us today. This is something we wanted. We always will, we always have. But the bottom line is other countries are getting better. Case in point, Russia, which is a favourite to win this thing, had a real hard game against Denmark yesterday.” aside from the last two sentences, complete bafflegab.
“There is a point in time where that transfer of responsibility goes from the coach to the player and that’s the beauty of this event,” said Renney. “We’re talking about teenagers that have to cope and deal with situations in the spontaneity of hockey that sometimes work against you and sometimes don’t. The bottom line is the coaching staff did an excellent job. (oh, stop, you're killing me!) At the end of the day, our special teams needed to maybe perform a little bit better. When you’re save percentage is under .900, everybody knows that it’s going to be tough to win.” so he says that about save percentage, then goes on to say he wasn't paying attention to the goaltending!!!!
“At the end of the day, I was paying more attention to the way we were playing than the goaltending, to be honest with you," Renney said. "And I was more concerned with the discipline of our team (uh, coaching???) and making sure we could keep a real good power play off the ice by the nature of how we played collectively. (uh, coaching????) As much as we lost that game, we certainly could have won it if we had a little bit more maturity as a group. (again, uh, coaching???) But that’s the nature of the teenaged player.”
Bottom line, Canada's performance came down to two issues: lack of discipline (that's on the coaches; players showing lack of discipline should have been benched, no matter what Renney says) and sub-par goaltending. End of story.
But now that Finland won the event, in overtime over Russia on Tuesday, no doubt Renney and others will spin the poor performance as one that was not that bad considering Canada lost to the eventual champions.