Canada's gold run Finnished after semifinal loss, play Russia for bronze medal

Zachary Fucale reacts after a goal during the third period of their IIHF World Junior Championship...

Zachary Fucale reacts after a goal during the third period of their IIHF World Junior Championship ice hockey game in Malmo, Sweden, January 4, 2014. (REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:21 AM ET

MALMO, SWEDEN - Second-guessing, self-doubt.

Brent Sutter couldn’t spell either of them.

The coach of the Canadian junior team, the gold-medal dreams done in again with a 5-1 loss to Finland in a 2014 world junior championship semifinal Saturday at Malmo Arena, had some pointed words for those back home who have convinced themselves that there’s a hockey crisis in the homeland.

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“I get kind of sensitive to all of that and I have been for the last four years because you guys and a lot of people in our country expect us to win every year, just because we are Canadians, and rightly so,” Sutter said. “We want to portray it as our game, but the reality is, across the world, there are a lot of good national teams and there are a lot of good players in each country, and it has shown in this tournament.

“I was telling (Hockey Canada president) Bob Nicholson the other day that this is night and day from 2006 (when Sutter’s team went 6-0 in the world junior and won gold). Back then, there were three or four teams, but now there six-to-eight teams that can beat anybody on any given night. We can’t be so narrow-minded that we think there are not other great teams or players out there.”


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