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TSN Hockey's All-Time Men's Team Canada

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15.05.2020

Sr. Managing Editor of Hockey

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With TSN Hockey's All-Time 7 Project in the books, we present the All-Time Team Canada. First, the 23 players for the men's team, followed by the women's team on Tuesday.

“Henderson made a wild stab at it and fell. Here’s another shot. Right in front. Scores! Henderson has scored for Canada.”

Canada’s history in international hockey didn’t begin in 1972, it just seems that way.

There were important events and achievements over the first 50 years of global competition but it’s what has occurred over the past nearly 50 years that has captured the imagination of Canadian hockey fans.

Hockey Hall of Famer Harry (Moose) Watson scored an early era Olympic-record 36 goals in five games at the 1924 Games, but you won’t find him on TSN’s all-time team.

You will, however, find goalie Seth Martin who won a World Championship with the Trail (B.C.) Smoke Eaters in 1961 and was named best goalie in four of the five major international events in which he appeared.

Martin was considered a hockey god in the Soviet Union.

These days, goalie Carey Price is considered an international hockey god, accumulating a 10-0-0 record, 1.00 goals-against average and .965 save percentage in the 2014 Olympics and 2016 World Cup.

Picking an all-time Team Canada makes picking individual Canadian NHL all-time teams – as we have done – seem like child’s play.

While there may have been six or seven authentic candidates to fill four or five positional slots on the NHL teams, there are double digit options at virtually every position for Team Canada.

It would be exponentially more challenging if we didn’t base membership on the all-time team to performances on senior men’s competition only and not the World Junior Championship. (Sorry, Jordan Eberle.) The greatest weight is given to best-on-best competitions, but World Championship accomplishments are a key factor as well.

The nature of international........

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