Wow, it's been a loooooooong time since I last had the time to sit down and write one of these. Unfortunately it will be extremely brief...
For a lot of hockey fans, Boxing Day through the New Year holiday is considered sacred, especially for Canadians. It's the most magical time of year when the best of the best from around the world come together to fight for World Junior Hockey supremacy. Canada's quest for a 6th straight gold medal (a country record) should be an enormous pull for fans to want to watch the games. This year they're being held in Regina and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - a place known for it's insane CFL fans (Sask. Roughriders) and having a sea of green at every game. A lot of great hockey players were born in Sask too. But the real kicker is that Hockey Canada decided to dedicate one of its jerseys this year to the rabid fans of Sask by making it green. I'm not a huge fan of the green jerseys but I can get over it.
What REALLY concerns me though is the lack of appreciation the fans of Saskatchewan are showing for the tournament thus far. Even today as I watch Canada drum Latvia, there are plenty of empty seats around the arena and the normal insanity of the crowd is really more of a dull snore. I just have to say that I'm appalled at the lack of support, excitement, and appreciation the fans here are showing and I hope the tournament directors decide never to bring this wonderful event back here.
Btw, I'm from Victoria, BC and am living in Esterhazy, SK (about two hours from Regina) and let me tell you, if I had ANY money at all - literally - I'd be at every game I could get my hands on.
Shame on Saskatchewan, but GO CANADA GO!!!!