Olympics: How much can Canada do without NHL players?
by SEAD DEDOVIC | VIEW 1191
Canada is one of the best countries when it comes to hockey. They are almost always favorites and have big goals. However, this time they are missing NHL players, so the question is how far they can go. Sean Burke also had something to say about the current team “If Canada is going to the Olympics with NHL players, they’re going into the tournament as the favourites.
And everybody knows that,” said Sean Burke, who had Doan’s job four years ago at the 2018 Olympics, as quoted by ottawacitizen “But this particular tournament you just don’t know because they don’t know the other teams well enough”.
In his opinion, the Russians have the best chances, as they are favorites not only asking Burke, but also among many fans
“The Russians are the favourites, because of the nature of the tournament and because a lot of those guys have played together,” said Burke.
“They’re definitely the favourites”.
Unknown players and advantages
Despite the fact that mostly unknown players play in the team of Canada, Burke believes that they have the necessary quality “Looking at the lineup, it looks like a really great lineup,” said Burke.
“They’ve done a really great job of putting this team together”. Doan believes that the biggest advantage of their team is togetherness, and putting Canada as a priority “When push comes to shove, it really comes down to the heart of Canadian players,” said Doan.
“I know that sounds cliché-ish, but it’s that ability to kind of set your ego aside and it’s not about you." "You’ll hear us probably say that a few times: it’s not about you. This is about Team Canada.
Over the years, the reputation that has been set aside by the NHL players that have been willing to do that, it trickles down to everybody and everyone’s expected to do the same thing. “Now, that’s kind of a vague answer to it, but I think that’s probably our biggest strength”.