By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency
Canada failed to make the medal round in each of the last two World Hockey Championships and finds itself in a pickle going into this tournament, too, having dropped from No. 1 to No. 5 in the world rankings, after winning gold at Vancouver 2010.
Finland is ranked No. 1, Sweden 2, Russia 3 and the Czech Republic 4, with the Americans a few points back of Canada in sixth.
Thus Hockey Canada put Steve Yzerman and his Sochi 2014 Olympic management team together early and they challenged Canadaís top available young stars to come here to win gold, and get the No. 1 seeding with all the scheduling, dressing room, practice time, etc. advantages back.
Seems kind of trivial, compared to what some of the other counties are here dealing with this year.
If Canada missed the medal round for a third straight year Ė well, lets not go there yet.
This is the best team Canada has brought to the world championships since the lockout year and maybe any year before that.
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