10:35 AM EDT, Thu May 26, 2016

Canada Slams Sweden 6-0, Will Play the United States

Canada thoroughly dominated Sweden and advanced to the semifinals on Thursday. The playoff round of the IIHF World Hockey Championship began today in Russia with four quarterfinal games underway. Canada was squaring off against Sweden who finished third in Group A. Sweden entered having lost their most recent game 4-1 to Russia. Sweden's leading scoring is Gustav Nyquist (Detroit Red Wings) who has 7 goals and an assist in 7 games. Other notable Swedes are Mikael Backlund (Calgary Flames) and Jacob Markstrom (Vancouver Canucks). Canada played Sweden at last year's tournament during the...

IIHF World Hockey Championship Tournament Update: Canada vs Sweden

Looking at where things sit after the round robin concluded yesterday. Let's just file yesterday's humbling loss to Finland in the "wake-up call" folder and move on from it. The round robin has concluded and Canada finished 2nd in Group B with a record of 6-0-0-1. Their prize from all that hard work is a date in the quarterfinals with Sweden who has earned a medal in 5 of the last 7 tournaments. Speaking of Sweden, Mikael Backlund (Calgary Flames) captained the Swedes and had 3 goals and an assist in 7 games during the round robin. After a total of 56 games being played thus far, here's a...

Community Champions: Mikael Backlund

Mikael Backlund is involved with a handful of community organizations. Calgary Flames forward Mikael Backlund has been a fan favourite since he cracked the roster in 2009. This season was by far his best in a Flames jersey scoring 21 goals and 26 assists for a total of 47 points in 82 games (Flames website). These totals are very important to Backlund as well as the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta because for every point he gets, Backlund donates $150 to the organization. That means this season Backlund donated $7,050. "I hate see young kids getting sick, or being underprivileged....