Busy Times For Hockey Canada

Derek HarmsworthSenior Writer IApril 22, 2008

World Hockey Championship:

There is only ten days and counting before the world comes to Halifax and Quebec City for the World Hockey Championship, all part of the IIHF's 100th anniversary.  Canada, heading into the tournament as the defending champions learned earlier today that all-world goaltender Martin Brodeur will not be a part of the team.

Brodeur cited being physically and mentally drained after the grind of a long season, as well as a gruelling playoff series with the New York Rangers.

Canada will have Carolina's Cam Ward as well as Columbus' Pascal Leclaire in net during the tournament.  The two goalies will likely spend the first few games of the tournament battling it out for the number one job.

World Under 18 Championship

Canada's youngsters will compete for the Gold Medal tomorrow morning facing the tournament host, Russia.

It is expected to be a very hostile environment for the young Canadian players, with the crowd obviously very pro Russian.

The game can be seen live tomorrow morning on TSN beginning at 11 A.M. 

As a tribute to Ed Chynoweth, who was a former WHL Chairman of the board that passed away earlier this morning, the Canadian players will wear a sticker bearing the name ED on their helmets for the gold medal tilt.