Over the weekend, Canada won the U-18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament for the fifth straight year. The team went 3-0 in the preliminary round and defeated the Czech Republic in the semifinal and Finland in the gold medal game to win the tournament for the 17th time since it began in 1991 as the Phoenix Cup.
Before Canada and Sweden met in the preliminary round last Tuesday, Sweden video coach Adam Andersson tried to tape the Canadian team's practice, as they do with all future opponents. As Andersson was filming, he claims Canada's video coach tried blocking his shot and one of their coaches tried shooting pucks toward him from the ice. When Andersson left the camera on a tripod, he returned to find it had disappeared.
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After approaching a pair of people in the stands, Andersson got his camera back, sans battery, from none other than former NHLer Tie Domi.
Domi was attending the tournament to watch his son, Max, play. The younger Domi netted two goals and two assists in a 7-5 Canada win over Sweden. When Andersson checked his footage later, he saw the face of Domi unscrewing the camera from the tripod.
Hlinka is an international tournament where all the trainings are open. Canada's problem is that they lack the experience from tournaments in Europe. We will take up Canada's behavior in Congress in September. Canada must follow the rules that exist, says Tommy Boustedt, national team manager.
Given Domi's penchant for standing up for teammates and himself during his NHL career, it's no surprise that he'd make the transition from hockey playing tough guy to tough guy hockey dad.
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