20 years ago, Canadian hockey fans were stunned when we lost the World Cup to the United States.
And after leaving the ’98 Nagano Olympics without a medal we were left wondering whether it marked the end of our hockey dynasty.
Fast forward two decades and a bunch of Olympic, world championship and junior titles later Canada’s hockey factory is still the gold standard.
For the United States, not so much.
The Americans lost 4-2 to Canada last night in Toronto, a loss that eliminated the winless U.S. team from playoff contention at the tournament.
You can point to a variety of issues including the make up of Team USA and John Tortorella’s coaching decisions.
GM Dean Lombardi had some highly skill players on the team and added a lot of character, grit and leadership to the squad.
But they didn’t mesh well enough to win.
After two games, Team USA has scored 2 goals and has held the lead for 90 seconds.
Penguins star Phil Kessel put a cherry on top of the sundae last night, when he tweeted…
Just sitting around the house tonight w my dog. Felt like I should be doing something important, but couldn't put my finger on it.— Phil Kessel (@PKessel81) September 21, 2016
He was left off Team USA’s World Cup roster, and looking at it now, he’s probably glad.