Saturday, February 6, 2010

Mr. Hockey calls Team Canada 'strong'

The two men known respectively as "Mr. Hockey" and "The Great One" are hopeful that Team Canada can win gold at the Vancouver Olympics, but they say it will be a tough competition.

Coaching staff set for Team Canada: reports - CBC June 23, 2009

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock will be named head coach of Canada's 2010 Olympic men's hockey team, and he'll be joined by an all-star lineup of assistants, according to several reports.

Ken Hitchcock, Lindy Ruff and Jacques Lemaire are expected to be named assistant coaches under Babcock when the coaching staff is officially announced Thursday.

Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman wouldn't confirm Babcock as his choice during a Tuesday conference call announcing Yzerman's selection to the Hockey Hall of Fame, but he did say the entire coaching staff will be revealed Thursday during a press conference in Montreal.

Babcock, 46, has been a frontrunner for the head coaching position due mostly to his success with the Wings — the team for which Yzerman played 22 seasons and now serves as vice-president and alternate governor.

He already has the support of The Great One, either way.

"Being in Detroit, such a great hockey city, he understands the scenario that [the players] are under," said Wayne Gretzky, who was speaking at an Olympic sponsorship event in Vancouver on Tuesday.

The Canadian Dream Team - CBC chooses its fantasy roster for Canada's men's hockey squad at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Night sky comes alive with 'ballet of light' - Vancouver Sun February 5, 2010

Robotically controlled beams will illuminate the sky above English Bay every night until Feb. 28

Olympic Spotlights

A ballet of lights above English Bay delights both locals and those far away. Watch the lights live on

(we can actually see these lights from our English Bay residence)

Video: Snow being trucked in for the Olympics - Video Vancouver Sun

Sunday, January 31, 2010