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NHL Quick Shifts: Team Canada, NCAA Tourny, Heritage Classic

The Olympic Men’s Hockey tournament reaches it’s penultimate match today, with the United States taking on Finland for the bronze medal. You can check out our preview for that game here. In the meantime, here are today’s Quick Shifts.

  • The Canadian hockey teams completed a one two punch on the United States with yesterday’s victory of the US Men’s team. Shortly after the game it was reported that the Canadian Women’s team left a note of encouragement for the Canadian Men’s team in their locker room. You can see that note over at Puck Daddy. The line that really stands out is: “We are proof that every minute matters.”. As an American I was disappointed by the results, but this is just an amazing display of why hockey is an amazing sport.
  • The Michigan Hockey team is starting to slip out of the NCAA tournament picture. Last night’s upset over time win by Penn State now has the Wolverines on the NCAA tournament bubble. The first year of Big 10 conference hockey has seen some surprisingly good play from both newcomers, Penn State and Ohio State. Both of Penn State’s Big 10 wins have come against Michigan.
  • As the Olympic tournament draws to a close, speculation regarding March 5ths NHL Trade Deadline starts to increase. San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson has stated that the Sharks are going to stick to their rebuild plan and will not be moving their young assets at the deadline.
  • Remember the inundation on outdoor hockey games? While the Sochi games have provided a nice respite from the outdoor spectacles, when NHL action returns, the Heritage Classic between the Canucks and Senators will take centre stage in Canada. However, unlike the Winter Classic and the other Stadium Series games, there will be few festivities surrounding the game. No alumni game will be held, despite both teams having suitable history to do so. This is due to scheduling constraints at BC Place.

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