Thanks to insurance costs, both Team Canada and Team USA can’t participate on ice during their respective Olympic orientation camps. That’s not stopping Team Canada from trying to get some work in, however.
As Dan Rosen of NHL.com shares, coach Mike Babcock coached two groups through drills via ball hockey. They covered up the ice at MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park and treated it like a day on the rink. Sort of.
The point to breaking out the ball hockey game was to help illustrate what Babcock wants to do on the larger ice surface they’ll deal with in Sochi. With international rinks sized at 200×100 there are methods to be addressed.
If they wanted to make this truly authentic ball hockey, however, they’d occasionally drive a car through to keep it lively.
(Photo: Dan Rosen via Twitter)