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Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006


Responses, Part 11
Do you think the comments Gretzky made after Monday's hockey game will motivate Team Canada? Is he right when he says the whole world wants Canada to lose?

Here are responses to the above question:

Enough already of the extensive coverage being given to men's hockey in the Winter Olympics! To start with, the players are NOT Olympic athletes, but are professional hockey players. So that alone puts them in a completely different category from the Olympic athletes. And their incessant whining is so off-putting! "The rink is bigger than we're used to" and "we haven't played as a team before." And now we have the Great Whine Gretzky making comments that are ridiculous and outlandish. A conspiracy against the Canadian team for heaven sakes! Focus on the REAL Olympic athletes, the skiers, the skaters, the sledders, the curlers, and most importantly, the Canadian Women's hockey team. Now, there are real hockey players!
Marilyn Campbell

I think that Wayne Gretzky is overreacting just a little bit. I think he is a little upset that Canada isn't doing quite as good as had been predicted. I don't hear the USA complaining about unfair tactics. Maybe it's because they are undefeated. Just play the game the way we know how to play best and the results will speak for themselves.
Wally Willms

I don't believe anyone wants us to lose as much as they want their own country to win. I don't see us as a particular world villain, although I am sure it is a source of national pride for anyone who does beat Canada. As for the Hamirlik/Fleury incident, Wayne Gretzky failed to mention that Fleury had just crashed into Hasek and chose to lie on top of him for a few seconds at a rather crucial point of the game. While I think it is a good tactic to try to unnerve/distract a guy like Hasek who is known for his temper, Fleury had to expect the retribution he received. We would have done the same if one of their guys did that to Brodeur. As for rallying the team, whatever works is fine. As for tonight's game, I hear that the Finnish team is backed by none other than Osama bin Laden! At least I heard from a reliable source that he is Finnish. Go get 'em!
Bill Chambre

Gretzky has lost his mind. How can a man of Gretzky's stature and grace belt out such B.S.? I can understand if he is feeling the pressure of the whole country on his shoulders. I can understand trying to motivate his troops. But to say some of the nonsense he said in public was a joke. I doubt any of his players believe it! As an American of course I am rooting for Team U.S.A. But if we are not going to win, I will no doubt be rooting for Team Canada. I believe most Americans feel the same.
Mike

O Canada! As an American who knows a bit more about you folks than the average American - given that I was born in Buffalo, NY - I have never been able to understand the love/loathing feelings you have for us down here. I can honestly say that in my 38 years I have never come across an American who has any bad feelings about Canada or Canadians. What you will come across, however, is ignorance about your country - once again, it's not out of spite or a dislike for Canadians. I know people from the Bronx who couldn't tell you a thing about Manhattan - let alone one of our foreign neighbors. (And on that same note, to a New Yorker just crossing the Hudson into Jersey is considered a traumatic excursion to a foreign land!) So lighten up and start liking yourselves - and stop worrying about what we think of you. This is one American who thinks the world of you folks up there!
S. R. Peoples

The backlash from Wayne Gretzky's "rant" after the Canada-Czech Republic game surprises me. His words and emotion were passionate -- something the Canadian team has lacked for most of the tournament. No, he wasn't "whining"; Gretzky has every right to be passionate about his sport after living and breathing hockey for more than 30 years. As the executive responsible for putting Team Canada together, it is his job to motivate his players with that same passion. Remember, in 1972 Phil Esposito's words were met with similar backlash -- until Canada won the series.
Jason Fiorotto
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