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World Juniors Update

Wednesday, 12.27.2006 / 2:26 PM / News
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World Juniors Update
The Bruins have five prospects playing in the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Skaters, Team, G-A-P, GP
Yuri Alexandrov, Russia, 0-0-0, 1
Mikko Lehtonen, Finland, 2-0-2, 1
Brad Marchand, Canada, 1-0-1, 1
Vladimir Sobotka, Czech Republic, 1-0-1, 1

Goalie, Team, Record: W-OTW-OTL-L, GAA, SV%, GP
Tuukka Rask, Finland, record: 0-0-0-1, 4.09, .765, 1

Don Sweeney, the Bruins Director of Player Development and Assistant General Manager Jeff Gorton are hoping to send updates and impressions of what they have seen during the tourney.

In his first e mail Sweeney writes:

Overall: the Bruins draftees had a strong start to the tournament.

After a looooong travel day and a flight mix up, I arrived in Sweden in time for the 2nd game of the day (on the 26th), Russia vs Czech Republic, which Russia won 3-2. Sobotka scored one of the Czech goals and he played in all situations.

Last year’s 2nd round pick, defenseman Alexandrov, played for the winning squad, Russia. He is a steady, good skating and puck moving D-man.

Lehtonen leads the tournament in goals after the first day as he scored twice in Finland’s 4-3 upset loss vs. Belarus.

Rask was in net and it is tough to comment on his play because, as I mentioned, my flight problem kept me away from seeing the game. I know that Belarus scored a couple on the PP (one was on a 5-on-3) and they also scored shorthanded as one of the Finnish players fell, slid into Rask and the puck went in.

Team Canada got a goal from our third rounder, Marchand (he has been described as a scorer who sets the tone as he plays a highly competitive game with a bit of an edge), as Canada beat the host Swedes, 2-0, in front of a packed house.

More later from Sweden…Don S


Boxing Day in Canada, an explanation?

Bill writes "Boxing Day is the day after Christmas. And the Feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is better known as Boxing Day. The term may come from the opening of church poor boxes that day; maybe from the earthenware boxes with which boy apprentices collected money at the doors of their masters’ clients.

Nowadays, we often see, in certain families, gifts (boxes) given to those who provide services throughout the year.

’Boxing Day’ is listed in the Canada Labor Code as a holiday."

Bill notes that the info was provided by:
http://www.pch.gc.ca/progs/cpsc-ccsp/jfa-ha/boxing_e.cfm

Kyle writes that he "was told that Boxing Day in Canada is the day after Christmas -- when all the boxes and wrapping paper from all the gifts is put out on the street to be picked up."

Danny explains that "Boxing Day is an English term that started in the Middle Ages because servants had to work on Christmas Day but were given the day after off to visit with their families and, as they left their employers would give them gift boxes. Another theory is that people would drop coins into boxes posted in Churches and, on the day after Christmas, the boxes were opened and the contents given to the poor."

Now, I have heard that Boxing Day is the time when you "box" up gifts that you don’t like and bring them back to the store.

Bill’s explanation (and, by extension, Danny’s second thought) seems to be the most reasonable, but can anyone give us some closure from the land of Degrassi, Poutine and Don Cherry?

Anyone?

In any case, to my Canadian readers, here’s hoping Boxing Day was pleasant for you.

See ya tomorrow.

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