Fans love to hate U.S.

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- The U.S. team, the favourites to win the world junior before the tournament started, were booed throughout their opener on Monday night, an 11-2 whipping of Norway.

No surprise for forward Rob Schremp of the London Knights, who realizes Canadian fans know the U.S. is a roadblock to a potential gold medal for Canada.

"I don't blame them," Schremp said. "When it's in the States, I don't think very many Americans are cheering for Canadians.

"It's not strange."

Chris Bourque, son of NHL legend Ray Bourque, and Phil Kessel, the odds-on choice to be the first pick overall in the 2006 NHL entry draft, ran roughshod over Norway.

Bourque had five goals and Kessel had five assists.

Evgeni Malkin, who will play for Russia in the Olympics in February, had a goal and an assist as Russia beat Sweden 5-1 on Monday night.

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Darryl Sutter recently said his brother, Brent, should be hired to coach Canada's world juniors every year. What does Brent, who coached Canada to its first gold last winter since 1997, think?

"I am doing what I am doing for this year and I will worry about whatever happens later on," Brent Sutter said.

Sutter said it's not his problem if the players see him, as it was put to him, as a son of a (rhymes with witch).

"I really don't care," Sutter said.

"I am not always going to be the nicest guy in the world, but I care very deeply about my players. As a coach, you have to provide proper direction and leadership. You have to remind players to never take anything personally."

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Mimico native David Bolland is trying to win gold after helping the Knights win the Memorial Cup in May.

"Last year we had guys on our defence who were just ridiculous," Bolland said. "If you didn't get back, you could just hang out by the blue line and (the puck) would get there. But we have a young defence this year."


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