There are of course many rivalries at the World Championships to explore every spring, the Russians and Czechs, Czechs and Slovaks, Finns and Swedes come to mind as matches that always seem to bring out the passions of both players and fans alike.
Of course there's the Russians and the Canadians, or Russia v USA, a match that always catches the imagination whenever those nations collide on the ice.
But of late, on the western side of the Atlantic ocean, there's one rivalry that seems to really bring out the emotions, it's the continental feud between the USA and Canada, clashes that over the years have provided for some of the most interesting and hard hitting of hockey, squads that while respectful of each other at times seem to bring out the nasty, owing mainly to a shared understanding of the game as it is played in North America.
Not for the faint of heart, these match ups usually feature some hard hits, the occasional cheap shot and more than a few shots, some of them even on the net.
So, with that preamble Europe, we introduce you to Team Canada and the USA, in just their second game of the tournament both squads jump on the ice with both skates, if they're not ready to play by the time this second game is done, then perhaps they may wish to just hop on a plane an head for home.
Such is the intensity that any Canada / USA game provides.
Both winners in their debut at the IIHF Championships, game two could give one of these squads the momentum to move forward towards that gold medal.
May 5-- Team Canada 4 vs USA 5
Canada has 1 win and 1 OT loss in the tournament so far
Previews and Reviews
IIHF Recap-- Jack Johnson wins it in overtime
Edmonton Sun-- Canada loses to U. S. at the worlds
Globe and Mail-- Canada falls to U. S. in overtime at World Hockey Championships
National Post-- Canada falls to U. S. in Overtime at hockey worlds
IIHF Features page
Edmonton Sun-- Team Canada adds teen defenceman
TSN-- Team Canada faces USA at World Hockey Championship
National Post-- Canada optimistic Alex Burrows will be back