SWITZERLAND vs. CHINA – Women’s Hockey
With the preliminary round done and the semifinals on tap for Monday, the placement qualification games take to the ice at UBC Thunderbird Arena on Saturday. The Chinese were a top four team when women’s hockey debuted at the Olympics in 1998, but haven’t finished that high since and can hope for no better than fifth in Vancouver. First, they’ll have to go through the Swiss, who will need a win to assure an improvement on their fifth-place finish from Turin 2006.
STEVE YZERMAN TRIBUTE
A 2009 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Steve Yzerman spent 20 seasons as captain of the Detroit Red Wings, retiring in 2006 as the longest-serving captain in the history of North American professional sports. A three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings (1997, 1998, 2002), Yzerman also excelled on the international stage, helping Canada win the 1984 Canada Cup and take gold at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. He has returned to the Olympics in Vancouver, serving as executive director of Team Canada.
LATVIA vs. SLOVAKIA – Men’s Hockey
The Slovaks shocked the hockey world on Thursday night, riding the hot goaltending of Jaroslav Halak to an upset victory over Russia, topping the two-time defending world champions in a shootout. Halak turned aside Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin (twice) in the shootout, while Pavol Demitra, in his home building, notched the winner in the sixth round for the Slovaks. Latvia enters at 0-2, needing a win to avoid a tough qualification round game.
COMEDY NIGHT IN CANADA WITH BRENT BUTT
His television specials quickly secured his reputation as one of the funniest people in the country, but Brent Butt was also busy creating his own TV series – a sitcom called Corner Gas. It became an instant hit with unprecedented ratings and numerous accolades including an International Emmy Award nomination, and was named “Funniest Show on TV” by TV Guide readers. Corner Gas went on to become Canada’s #1 comedy, broadcast in over 26 countries including the US and airing for six seasons. At MCHH, Butt hosts a hilarious hockey-themed comedy spectacle featuring a bevy of Canada's funniest stand-up comics.
RUSSIA vs. SLOVAKIA – Women’s Hockey
Its 18-0 tournament-opening loss to Canada aside, Slovakia has been one of the big surprises of the women’s hockey tournament in Vancouver, staying close with Sweden until late in the third period and holding a final-frame lead on the Swiss before tiring in the final 10 minutes. The Russians had expectations coming in, having beaten the Swedes in a pre-Olympic tournament in January, but they will need two wins to ensure they equal their best Olympic finish ever – they were fifth in Salt Lake City in 2002.
Canada will once again climb to the top step of the podium as Jon Montgomery receives the gold medal he won Friday night in the men’s skeleton competition at the Whistler Sliding Centre. There are a number of Saturday chances for Canada to improve its medal standing – on the slopes of Whistler Creekside, or on the ice at the Richmond Olympic Oval (long track) and Pacific Coliseum (short track).
The lead guitarist, songwriter and a founding member for both the 1960s-70s rock band The Guess Who, and the 1970s rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Randy Bachman branched out on his own and worked on side projects for a number of years before rejoining The Guess Who for reunion tours and concerts in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Randy and Fred Turner are in the final stages of completing a new Bachman & Turner CD scheduled for release in the spring of 2010; plans are also being finalized for a two-year world tour (2010-2011) under the name Bachman & Turner, which will start at the Sweden Rock Festival in June 2010.
TEAM CANADA ALUMNI
Throughout the Games, various Team Canada alumni will be making appearances at Molson Canadian Hockey House. Here’s who is going to be on hand today:
One of the greatest goaltenders of his generation, Fuhr was a part of all five Stanley Cup championships won by the Edmonton Oilers during their dynasty during the 1980s, and earned a Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender in 1988. He was a three-time member of Team Canada, winning the 19 Canada Cups and taking silver at the 1989 IIHF World Championship. Fuhr was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.
A four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montreal Canadiens, ‘Little M’ wore the red and white of Team Canada just twice, but they were two memorable moments. Mahovlich was part of the original Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series, scoring a shorthanded goal in Game 2 that is still talked about today, and helped Canada win the inaugural Canada Cup in 1976.
Known almost as much for his mustache as his playing career, McDonald went out of the game on top, scoring his final goal in his final game at the Montreal Forum in Game 6 of the 1989 Stanley Cup Final, leading the Calgary Flames to their lone Cup title. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992, McDonald won the 1976 Canada Cup with Team Canada and also wore the red and white at the 1981 IIHF World Championship in Sweden.
A Vancouver hockey icon, ‘The Steamer’ was the first Canuck to have his number retired by the team, and he still works with the Canucks as a senior advisor to the general manager. His Team Canada career included the 1978 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he won a bronze medal on a team led by a 16-year-old Wayne Gretzky, and the 1985 IIHF World Championship, where he won silver.