In Canada, your either born with skates on – or have an innate ability to sense when vulcanized rubber is near.
Only problem is, the rest of the world is catching up with the country that has once dominates their sport.
Currently the CHL only allows two “import” players on the rosters of the teams in its member leagues. After a meeting with Hockey Canada – they’re looking to restrict that more by not allowing any goaltenders from outside of North America.
Does that fix the problem? I don’t think so. But it might help them restock their pool of potential star goalies. Off the top of your head, consider this – how may goalies can you think of that will start for Team Canada in the Sochi Olympics?
Martin Brodeur is aging, Robert Luongo is, despite being a gold medalist – a basket case. Marc-Andre Fleury has lost the full graces of the hockey world this season, and is not living up to the hype that a number one draft pick should have.
I think Team Canada is overthinking this slightly. If you are looking at goaltenders that are “starting” in the National Hockey League, sure the product is declining. But for the shorter tournaments – do you really need a starting goaltender?
Despite a drop in his numbers this year – Brian Elliot posted career high numbers last season in a backup role, with a 1.56 goals against and a .940 save percentage.
The top four Canadian born goaltenders this season? Topping the list is Carey Price from the Montreal Canadiens; followed by Devan Dubynk of the Edmonton Oilers. Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes. All had similar goals against this year, right around 2.5. None of them were good enough to qualify for the Vezina Trophy – which is guaranteed to go to a European goaltender. Corey Crawford shares the William Jennings trophy with fellow Canadian Ray Emery.
Is it really necessary to start a ban on European goalies? Or his Hockey Canada having a knee jerk reaction to the rest of the world embracing the greatest sport in the world?