Friday, April 13, 2007

2007 World Hockey Championship
Canada adds seven to its roster

Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman added seven more names to his roster for the world hockey championship that begins a little more than a week from now in Moscow.

Joining Eric Brewer, Dwayne Roloson, Rick Nash, Shane Doan and Mike Cammalleri are a quartet of Hurricanes in Cam Ward, Eric Staal, Justin Williams and Mike Commodore, as well as Barret Jackman (as predicted), Jamal Mayers and Jason Chimera.

When I was in Washington last weekend, I had a chance to talk about the tournament a little bit with the Capitals who were heading over. The most excited player, by far, was Alex Ovechkin, who is going to get a chance to showcase his skills in his hometown in a big-ticket international tournament for the first time. Fellow Russian, Alex Semin, will be joining him on the team.

Other Capitals I confirmed as going include captain Chris Clark, Brian Pothier (both USA), Milan Jurcina (Slovakia) and Jiri Novotny (Czech Republic). I'm not sure about Olaf Kolzig playing for Germany, however.

Pothier said it was his first time ever playing for his country, which is hard to believe given some of the motley crews the Americans send to some of these tournaments.

The nine countries rounding out the field this year (minus the obvious seven) include: Austria, Belarus, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Switzerland and the Ukraine.

The 2008 tournament will take place in Halifax and Quebec City.

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At 7:33 p.m., April 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ukraine is the name of an independent country. There are only two groups of countries which require the (an article) in English:

1. Those with plural names such as the United States.
2. Countries that have names with adjectival or compound forms which require the article, such as the United Kingdom.

At 7:55 p.m., April 13, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

We have a Googler: Ukraine or the Ukraine?

It's funny there's been so much written about this.

At 8:34 p.m., April 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous should know better. Never, ever restrict yourself to the rules when dealing with the English Language.


At 9:06 p.m., April 13, 2007, Blogger PPP said...

Either way, it is certainly not weak so best to follow their wishes and drop the 'the'.

At 9:16 p.m., April 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ppp is a Seinfeld fan... Ukraine not weak!

At 10:36 p.m., April 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hockey players with Ukrainian blood:
Mike Bossy
Dale Hawerchuk
Eddie Shack
Terry Sawchuk
Jordin Tootoo
Wayne Gretzky
Dave Andreychuk
Peter Bondra
Turk Broda
Anton Babchuk
Ruslan Fedotenko
Dmitri Khristich
Alexei Ponikarovsky
Denis Shvidki
Oleg Tverdovsky
Sergei Varlamov
Vitaly Vishnevsky
Nikolai Zherdev
Alexei Zhitnik
John Bucyk

We also have Mike Ditka.

At 12:45 a.m., April 14, 2007, Blogger Reagen Sulewski said...

I beg to differ on Gretzky. He's a Pole, not Ukranian.

At 3:37 a.m., April 14, 2007, Blogger Doogie said...

They also protest that in their own language (and its sister language, Russian), you should use the preposition "v" (in) rather than "na" (on). Apparently, the origin of the name is in a term meaning "borderlands" or "hinterlands." Hence, on the borderlands.

It makes sense to me, anyway.

At 3:44 a.m., April 14, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

Gretzky's always said his paternal grandparents came to Canada from White Russia, which we call Belarus (or Byelorussia).

Don't know about his mom's side though.

At 12:44 p.m., April 14, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

So... I'm guessing from the comments that no one gives a rat's ass that Pothier's playing in the world championships.


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