Canada hockey loss a positive: Triano

By MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency


Olympic veteran and Toronto Raptors head coach Jay Triano says Canada loss to the United States might be a good thing. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)


Having played in three summer Olympics and been behind the bench for a fourth, Toronto Raptors head coach Jay Triano knows a thing or two about Olympic tournaments.

He’s clearly more comfortable talking basketball than hockey, but take it from him — one loss in the preliminary portion of a tournament is nothing to lose your head over.

“It’s perfect,” Triano said when asked about the position the Canadian men’s hockey team is in after losing to the Americans 5-3 Sunday. “Really it’s good. This team has to come together and they get an extra game to do it now, right? If they’re going to be really good they’re going to have to beat all the teams anyway. So give them an extra game, let them play together one more full game and they’re going to be fine.”

Asked about how everyone in the country was behaving like it was a national disaster that our Olympic hopefuls had lost one game, Triano replied simply: “Not everyone. I think it’s perfect. I think it’s just setting the stage.”


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