On a day when some Canadians were debating the jazzification of their national anthem at the Opening Ceremonies and a band of one-size-fits-all protesters were mussing the pretty face Vancouver was hoping to show to the world, the truly connective threads that united the Olympic host country were the ligaments around the left ankle of
The rangy Anaheim Ducks center skated on Saturday and was scheduled to test his ankle again on Sunday. With 23-man Olympic rosters set to be finalized on Monday, Team Canada would soon need to decide whether to stick with the presumptive second-line center behind
The issue is hardly a trivial one in Canada given the results in four years ago in Turin, when the Canadians were shut out three times -- including once by Switzerland -- and finished a teeth-gnashing/garment-rending seventh. At orientation camp last August, assistant coach
This speaks, of course, to the hockey ethos. Unlike athletes in other sports (see Vonn, Lindsey), hockey players don't broadcast their injuries. (And if they did, they certainly wouldn't ask
If Yzerman applied his own rules to himself in 2002, he would not have been part of the team that won the gold medal and ended Canada's 50-year Olympic championship drought. Yzerman could barely walk at the time. He was in bone-on-bone pain. After his second Olympic tournament and the 2002 Stanley Cup victory a few months later, he had an osteotomy, an operation that generally is performed on the elderly to forestall a knee replacement, that would force him to miss 66 games the following season. Yzerman had two goals and six points in the 2002 Olympics, a force on the ice and an inspiration off it. Like
Maybe it isn't right. But it is hockey.