These kids were fine.
Team North America, which consists of players 23 and younger, were eliminated from the World Cup Ice Hockey Championship on Thursday, but not before becoming darlings of the tournament with idle speed game that gave opponents and fans at the Air Canada Centre whiplash with each -Length of-the-ice rush.
“I do not know who came up with this young-gun team, (but) whoever did, what a great way to showcase the NHL for 10 years from now,” said Team Canada coach Mike Babcock. “This is for me one of the most exciting things about this tournament. They provided a lot of new fans.”
North America, which top young players like Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Auston Matthews, Johnny Gaudreau and Brandon Saad, finished 2-1, but fell short in his attempt to reach the semifinals when he beat the Russian team Team Finland 3-0 on Thursday to advance and join the team from Sweden in group B. a team Canada and team Europe has already secured spots in the semifinals.
“There were a lot of people … who were unsure about what our team can do it, because it was the first time it was put together,” said McDavid. “That’s perfectly understandable. But … everyone in our locker room believed in ourselves, knowing that we could do something.”
A familiar face: After being a healthy substitute in the opening game of the tournament in Finland, Teuvo Teräväinen came on strong and was arguably the best player Finns in their last two contests.
“I had the chance and the time (the Hawks), but I have to watch myself – maybe I get is not so good,” said Teräväinen. “I think it could be so much better.
“I had good times, especially winning the Stanley Cup. But I think it can really take the next step, possibly in Carolina.”
“I see how it’s quite addictive be on Instagram and Twitter for updates and stuff,” said Hjalmarsson. “But you yourself just browsing the phone while looking at stuff that does not matter too much, instead of at the moment, and talk to people face to face.
“It’s fun, especially being (Toronto) and keep track of what your family is doing and all that stuff, but I think I spend too much time on the phone and I do not like it.”