VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It’ll be quiet around Rogers Arena Thursday, as it’s a day off for the World Juniors. The buzz around the tournament has also taken a hit, now that Team Canada is out.
“In days of old, everybody could count on Canada in a gold medal final. I guess some of the kids and some of the people that never had a chance to witness that were really, optimistically hoping that that was going to happen. It didn’t happen, and all of a sudden, the interest is gone.”
He thinks hockey fans should take interest in the tournament for the sport, instead of solely for a specific country. “Every single country right now is playing great hockey … You’ve got to watch some future NHLers.”
“The progression of these kids coming over from Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, Sweden … even Kazakhstan’s playing a lot better than they were 20 years ago.”
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Action at the World Juniors continues Friday with the semi-finals at Rogers Arena. Bailey says lower bowl tickets for those semi final games are going for $150 to $200, but could be much more if Canada was playing.
The gold medal games is on Saturday.