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Updated: 2018-02-25T10:37:10.531-06:00


We're Better Than This


We lost. Germany beat Canada this morning by a 4-3 score in men's ice hockey at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games, and we'll return home with no gold medals in either hockey event. Combine this with no medals in the men's and women's curling events, and there are people calling for reviews of all sporting programs in this country from tykes to professionals. While it's disappointing to see our athletes fall short of their intended goals, are we really a country that needs to examine our sporting roots when we've enjoyed a ton of success while other countries tried to make up ground on us? Have we become so entitled to thinking the gold medal is ours without having to compete with the world's best that we now question the very making of our elite athletes?I know that most of these comments are said in the heat of the moment while people are emotional, but we're better than this, Canada. Yes, it sucks for the Canadian men's hockey team who will still compete for medal. Yes, it sucked for the Canadian women's ice hockey team who still won a medal. Yes, it sucks for Kevin Koe whose men's curling squad fell short in the bronze medal game. And yes, it sucks for Rachel Homan and her women's curling squad as they missed the medal round altogether. Those unquestionably are surprising results in sports we usually do extremely well in, but to call for referendums on these sports is about as un-Canadian as anything I can conceive.Our success in the early-1990s in women's hockey where we were heads and shoulders above the United States led to their program investing good money into their game. With the announcement that women's hockey would be a medal event at the Nagano Olympics in 1998, USA Hockey really focused on developing elite athletes to compete with Canada. Canada had defeated the United States in four straight World Championships leading up to the 1998 Olympics with scores of 5-2 in 1990, 8-0 in 1992, 6-3 in 1994, and a 4-3 overtime win in 1997. Note that last score as it was the best showing of any team against Canada in a World Championship to that date.By having a country invest in its top-level program, USA Hockey proved that they could close the gap when that money was invested in coaching and athletes. The 1997 IIHF Women's World Championship served as the qualifying tournament for the 1998 Nagano Olympics, so the investment into USA Hockey's women's program would benefit USA's already-elite players such as Cammi Granato, Shelley Looney, Karen Bye, and Erin Whitten. Instead of having a handful of elite players, USA Hockey would begin churning out more and more elite players for future international events.Yes, the Americans won a game in 1998 when they were arguably not the best team on paper. That, however, is why they play the games, and USA Hockey's investment into the women's program would be bolstered by a gold medal victory over Canada in Nagano. Thousands of girls and young women sat up and took notice of that exceptional team who defeated a giant in the sport, and this upset really laid the groundwork for a number of initiatives, programs, and teams to be started in the United States.In other words, upsets are great for the respective sport in which they are seen.It may have taken the United States another twenty years to duplicate the success of that 1998 team, but not one person on the planet can say that the US didn't close the gap on Hockey Canada over the last two decades. Some may even say that Hockey USA may have surpassed Hockey Canada's women's program with the success they've had over the last decade at various IIHF events, but no one can deny that Hockey USA is Canada's biggest rival.Had 1998 not happened, would names like Hilary Knight, Brianna Decker, Maddie Rooney, and Cayla Barnes be household names today? I don't have a crystal ball to say yes or no, but I'd lean towards the latter.Upsets inspire programs and people. Everyone cheers for the underdog when they meet with a juggernaut. There's a reason why people talk about upsets in mythical terms in sports, and it's because upsets advance progr[...]

Then Hockey Show - Episode 283


The Hockey Show, Canada's only campus-produced radio show that strictly talks hockey, is back tonight, but I'm afraid it'll just be me on the microphone unless I can come up with a co-host scenario pretty quickly. Beans, it seems, has turned his home into ground zero for the ebola virus or the bubonic plague or some incurable disease that has encompassed his entire family including himself. In knowing Beans, I didn't think biochemistry was his specialty, but apparently the high-grade medical laboratory garage he owns is a good place for storing such stuff. As a result, I'm the one-man gang tonight on The Hockey Show, so buckle up because we've got a lot to discuss!Did you stay up and watch the Canada-USA gold medal game in women's hockey? Did you make it to the end? If you did, you may be feeling a little sleepy too since everything wrapped up around 2am. Tonight, I will go over the Canada-USA women's game in terms of what happened, where things went well and went wrong, and vent a little about how shootouts to determine medal winners is anti-sports. We'll look at Finland's bronze medal victory over the Olympic Athletes from Russia where Venla Hovi claimed her second Olympic medal, and we'll go over the men's tournament which resumes tomorrow. In the second-half of the show, we'll talk about the Milwaukee Admirals and Manitoba Moose having some fun on the ice, the Manitoba Bisons men's and women's teams and what their statuses are, the Jets finishing off their ten-game homestand before heading out on the road, and whatever else may come up in the hour I get to broadcast tonight for as long as I can stay awake!So how do I tune in to the world's greatest radio show about hockey, you ask? We suggest that you download the UMFM app on your phone or tablet. It's the easiest and most convenient way to listen to any of UMFM's great shows any time of the day, so go get it! Just follow this link on your iDevice or this link for your Android device and get the UMFM app! It's never been easier to tune into The Hockey Show or UMFM! Download the UMFM app today, and don't miss any of our great programming or shows! Of course, you can do the radio thing at 101.5 on the FM dial and you can always listen online via the UMFM website!If you prefer social media, we try to remain up-to-speed there as well! Email all show questions and comments to! Tweet me anytime with questions you may have by hitting me up at @TeebzHBIC on Twitter. You can also post some stuff to Facebook if you use the "Like" feature, and I always have crazy stuff posted there that doesn't make it to the blog or show.Tonight, Teebz and possibly a co-host will go over the results of the Olympic tournament, talk Bisons, chat Moose, discuss the Jets winning and losing, and more on The Hockey Show found only on 101.5 UMFM and on the UMFM app!PODCAST: February 22, 2018: Episode 283Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice![...]

End Of The On-Ice Interview?


That, folks, is what a bronze medal hug looks like. Venla Hovi and Team Finland earned the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic bronze medal in women's ice hockey today with a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Olympic Athletes from Russia, and this writer's favorite Finn played a part in that victory today! Before we get to playing said part, I have to admit that the Finns played one helluva tournament. They may have fallen short on their goal of bumping one of Canada or the US out of the gold medal, but they still come home with hardware - an incredible achievement for all the players and staff at the games and for the entire country of Finland!

Finland got things started early when Minnamari Tuominen backhanded the puck from the top of the point and Petra Nieminen redirected her shot past Nadezhda Morozova while on the power-play for the 1-0 just 2:21 into the game!
The Telekom Sport crew members who took the worst of the collision seemed to be ok if just a little shaken up, but how crazy is it that the ice resurfacing machine driver almost backed-up over three people accidentally? What makes this even worse is that this happened after the game had concluded! Couldn't the ice crew have waited for a couple of minutes until all the players and television crews were safely off the ice?

Loibl, for what it's worth, nine goals and 16 points on the season for the last-place Tigers. The 21 year-old does have some solid moves, though, when it comes to avoiding ice resurfacing machines. I'm not certain that will get him any MVP votes, but it will get him a spot on HBIC. Well done, Stefan!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!