Хроника Хоккея


Crosby did his job well
06.01.2004. Toronto Sun. By Terry Koshan.

HELSINKI -- Sixteen-year-old Sidney Crosby did not show up on the scoresheet in the gold-medal game yesterday, but NHL scouts think he fared well at the 2004 world junior.

 Crosby, who became the youngest player in the history of the tournament to score with a goal against Switzerland last week, had two goals and three assists in six games. He did not play a whole lot, but was on Canada's first power-play unit.

 "I think (Canada's coaching staff) did a really good job with him," Calgary Flames scouting director Tod Button said. "He did not have to be the go-to guy. He has been better than I thought he would be because this tournament is just so tough for 16-year-olds. The team must have told him about his role (earlier on) and he bought into it.

 "That says a lot about him."

 BRENT UNBENT: Tim Brent was knocked woozy by an elbow from U.S. captain Mark Stuart yesterday and missed four minutes in the second period.

 "I blacked out, but there was no way I was coming out of that game," Brent said.

 LOOKING AHEAD: The 2005 world junior tournament will be held in Grand Forks, N.D., and Thief River Falls, Minn., so the first gold medal won by the U.S. yesterday could not have been timed better.

 "Hopefully it gets as popular in the States as it is in Canada," Patrick O'Sullivan said.

 Canada will be in a pool next year with Finland, Slovakia, Sweden and Germany. The other pool will include the U.S., the Czech Republic, Russia, Switzerland and Belarus.

 AWARDS SHOW: Two Americans won IIHF directorate awards for the tournament.

 The best goaltender was Al Montoya, and Zach Parise was named the best forward.

 Sami Lepisto of Finland was the best defenceman.

 The all-star team, chosen by the media, consisted of Montoya; Lepisto and Canada's Dion Phaneuf on the blue line; and forwards Parise, Canada's Jeff Carter and Finland's Valtteri Filppula. Parise was named tournament MVP.

 EARLY FAVES: With 13 possible returnees next year, Canada already is a favourite. The line of Nigel Dawes, Anthony Stewart and Michael Richards can return intact. Dawes led the tournament in scoring with six goals and five assists, while Stewart and Parise both had five goals and six assists.

 IMPRESSED: Of five of the top prospects available for the 2004 NHL entry draft who played at the world junior -- Russian forwards Alexander Oveckin and Evgeny Malkin, Montoya and Czech goalie Marek Schwarz and Czech forward Rostislav Olesz -- Ovechkin and Montoya impressed most.

 "But whatever Ovechkin did here did not matter," one scout said. "It was a good experience for him because he got all that attention."

 ATTENDANCE: The attendance record of 242,173 set at the 2003 world junior hockey championship in Halifax won't be challenged by Helsinki.

 The 2004 tournament had a total of 176,028 heading into the final two games yesterday.

 The largest crowds at the Helsinki Arena were the 7,561 that saw Canada beat Finland 3-0 on the first day of the tournament. 
Первая страничка молодежных чемпионатов мира 2004 года
Подгруппа А - подробнее
Россия, Словакия, США, Швеция. Австрия
Подгруппа В - подробнее
Канада, Финляндия, Чехия, Швейцария, Украина
За 7-10 места - подробнее
Швейцария, Швеция, Австрия, Украина
1/4 финала - подробнее
Финляндия - Россия
Словакия - Чехия
1/2 финала - подробнее
Канада - Чехия
США - Финляндия
Финал - подробнее
За 5 место. Россия - Словакия
За 3 место. Финляндия - Чехия
За 1 место. Канада - США
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