Islanders eliminated by Dartmouth Subways
PORT HOOD — The Cape Breton West Islanders were eliminated in Game 4 of their best-of-five quarter-final series with the Dartmouth Subways at the Al MacInnis Sports Centre, Sunday. was Jarrett Martell, on the power play.
In goal, Cameron Poirier posted the win and Kyle Ferdinand shouldered the loss. VANCOUVER – Both Steve Yzerman and Bob Nicholson are in agreement NHLers should remain in the next Olympic Games in four years time, but both could be excused if their focus is not on Sochi, Russia, but first this little matter here in Vancouver.
Yzerman, the Canadian Olympic hockey team’s general manager for the 2010 Vancouver Games, and Nicholson, Hockey Canada’s president, staged their first news conference along with other Canadian hockey team officials Saturday. It’s in advance of Canada’s first game of this year’s edition of the Olympics, Tuesday night against Norway.
“How important is this tournament?” Yzerman asked. “ Well, in terms of hockey, it’s extremely to us.
“ We’re here to win. It’s always about winning. Ever since you played minor hockey tournaments, you played to win. In the NHL, you play in the playoffs year in and year out to win.
“ The expectations are no different here, only it’s on a much bigger scale.”
But Canada isn’t alone in that regard. As Yzerman noted, there’ll be no parade mapped out in Moscow if the highly-regarded Russians and their lethal offence don’t return home with gold.
“ The expectation in Russia is to win gold. The expectation in Sweden is gold. And whether they want to admit it or not, the U.S. is in this to win gold. We all play to win gold.”
The Canadian players arrived in Vancouver, Sunday, and today will practice as a team for the first time. Canada, naturally, enters the tournament a top-flight contender, despite its disappointing — disastrous perhaps? — seventh-place showing four years ago in Torino, Italy. In 2002, Canada won gold in Salt Lake City, following a fourth-place showing in Nagano, Japan, in 1998, the first year the NHL elected to suspend its schedule and allow its players to compete in the Games.
Yzerman and Co. selected the 2010 roster Dec. 30 and since then there’s been bountiful banter on which players were selected, or more to the point, who was left off.
Since that big announcement during the World Junior Tournament in Saskatoon, Tampa Bay Lightning sniper Martin St. Louis, who toiled for Canada in Torino but was left off the year’s roster, has exploded with 27 points in 20 games. Jay Bouwmeester, a Calgary Flames defenceman with vast international experience — including Torino — was also left off the roster in favour of 20-year-old Los