Today's guest host was Piya Chattopadhyay.
Part One of The Current
It's Monday, December 26th - Boxing Day.
Polls suggest 23 percent of Canadians plan to hit the sales today.
Currently, the other 77 percent are figuring out why they paid full price for something that's now 95 percent off.
This is The Current.
Unique pressures facing goaltenders
The World Junior Hockey Championships kick off in Edmonton today. The top under-20 players from around the world will compete for their countries in the two-week tournament. One of just 4 veterans on the Canadian squad, back for a second year, the team's starting goalie, Mark Visentin. The 19-year-old usually plays for the Niagara IceDogs. Visentin first strapped on skates at the age of 4 and two years later, at the age of 6 he had chosen the goalie position for his own Now, he's very competitive about it.
Team Canada's forwards and defencemen need to perform, some say Canada's fortunes will be made or broken on goaltending. A pressure -- Mark Visentin -- knows all about. Visentin was in goal last year, when Canada played Russia for the gold medal. A game broadcast to millions of viewers on TSN. We heard from Mark Visentin.
Russian players shouting their anthem in triumph and skating the trophy around the rink was a low point for Canadian hockey fans including both of our guests this morning. Ted Poplawski is a former goalie. He once played in the International Hockey League and back in the 70's - he minded net for the University of Alberta Golden Bears in Edmonton where he is now an assistant coach.
Jim Parcels is the author of Chances of Making it in Pro Hockey, a much-posted article and soon-to-be book about the fortunes of young hockey stars in Canada. He runs a technology company for sports teams, MRX out of Hamilton.
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