If you want to make a chic top pick for the 2016 World Cup and believe that Sweden’s not exciting enough, maybe you’re going to tab North America.
They might not be able to pull the “No one believes in us” routine, though.
“It would be stupid to disregard a team like that,” Toews said. “I think they’re going to come out flying, there’s no pressure on them. … They’re going to make you worry about their offensive weapons every time they have the puck. There’s nobody you can take lightly, and especially them I would say.”
Let’s not kid ourselves, though. Both teams are deeply talented, and Canada has plenty of guys who are still in their prime. Doughty, for instance, is somehow just 26 despite already compiling a Hall of Fame-worthy resume.
Canada and North America are separated into different groups, so here’s hoping we get to see them face off.