Road To Gold (eBook)
The Untold Story Of Canada At The World Juniors
de Mark Spector
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From bestselling author Mark Spector comes the behind-the-scenes story of the Canadian World Junior program's journey from obscurity to the international powerhouse that it is today.On the world junior hockey stage today, Canada is known as the team to beat. They hold the record for the most gold medals won (seventeen since the tournament's inception), their games draws millions of fans each year, and the tournament serves as a showcase for each year's best talent. But things weren't always so rosy. For years, Canada languished in obscurity at the World Juniors. Wearing the red-and-white wasn't a mark of honour but merely a sideshow to the players, owners resented the interruption to their league operations, and Canada was an afterthought at the tournament. Canada was supposed to be better at hockey than any nation on earthhow could the team languish in such obscurity? So, the team set out on a reclamation mission. The Program of Excellence was born, and with it, a new hope for hockey's future in Canada. No more would Canada be content with merely showing up. Instead, each year, the country would send its best talentfrom Gretzky to Lemieux to Crosby to McDavidto reclaim its spot at the top of the hockey world. Tracing the owner disputes, off-ice antics, and riveting on-ice action of nearly forty years at the World Juniorsand full of inside stories from hockey greatsthis is hockey history as you've never seen it before. Funny, smart, and clear-eyed, Mark Spector traces the remarkable rise of the Canadian World Junior program and shows how the World Juniors created not just a new team, but a new dream for the sport.