Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Decision Day for Stevie Y

We imagine that for a few moments on Wednesday, things will be so quiet that you could hear a puck drop later today, that as Team Canada reveals those players that will don the Maple Leaf for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

And then... we imagine will commence loud and heated discussions across the land from television panelists to bar room pontificates, everyone is going to have an opinion on who Steve Yzerman has named to the 2010 Olympic roster

The soft spoken head of Canada's Olympic hockey team will remove all the mystery as he make his roster selection's public, an event that is being treated as though some famous tablets were being delivered from a mountain top, revealing the word for the first time, such is the degree of media coverage planned.

TSN begins the debate with the live broadcast (and webcast for office dwellers who can't be near the TV) at 1:30 Newfoundland, 1:00 Atlantic, Noon Eastern, 11 Manitoba, 10 Saskatchewan/Alberta, 9 Am British Columbia, 8 Am Yukon and whatever other time dimensions may be in play wherever Canadian hockey fans live. Offering up what promises to be the same kind of angst and excitement that has marked their trade deadline scrambles and draft day dramas of the past.

From goal tending debates (which probably won't be much of one after all), through defensive pairings and on to line combinations for what is hoped to be an explosive offence, hockey fans and pundits will be devouring the list, standing at the ready to offer a Cherry like thumbs up or shake of the head worthy of Pierre MaGuire between the benches.

The countdown is on, by late Wednesday, Canadians will know who will carry the Maple Leaf into battle in February, we suspect that thought the roster will be revealed, the debate will carry forward well beyond the first game at Vancouver's GM Place.

Globe and Mail-- Decision day looms for Canada's Olympic roster
Globe and Mail-- D-Day for Canadian hockey players

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