I am not a huge reality TV fan, actually I don't watch any of the shows. But one show caught my attention and I made sure to spend two hours this morning to watch CBC's latest entry in the reatlity TV universe - "Making the Cut"
. As you can guess, this reality TV show is about an opportunity for regular guys and girls to make it to the NHL. Big hockey names like Mike Keenan and Scotty Bowman are involved with the "Making the Cut" as coaches, along with Jack Birch as the general manager. The first episode was a 2 hour show going over the initial tryouts that took place in Hailifax, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnepeg, Calgary and Vancouver.
The World Cup of hockey will be staying in Canada. The Canadian hockey team defeated Finland 3-2 to win its first World Cup/Canada Cup since 1991. The game which was played at the Air Canada Center in Toronto was mostly a defensive affair, where the Canadians were barely able to eek out a victory. The marquee match up was in goal with Martin Brodeur returning after sustaning a wrist injury to face Flames star goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
The stage is set for a memorable World Cup hockey final. Last week the Finnish squad took on team USA in Minneapolis. The Americans were first to score as Doug Weight netted a on a sweet pass from Scott Gomez. The score stayed at 1-0 for USA until the beginning of the third period. Finland tied the game five minutes into the third when Florida's Olli Jokinen slammed home a long rebound in the slot. Saku Koivu then took advantage of a defensive lapse by the Americans for the go ahead goal with only three minutes to go in the game. The Finns managed to survive a last minute flurry and eliminated the defending champions for a berth in the finals.