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Maple Leaf coach shows ungraciousness to Team Canada Olympic Win

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Compiled by Iain Mackenzie
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Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson talked on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 about his experience as coach of Team USA during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

PHOTO – Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson talked on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 about his experience as coach of Team USA during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics (CP).
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It is one thing for Ron Wilson to express misgivings wbout a Team USA loss while in front of American reporters and in the U.S., but, to express such a chorus of negativity in Canada while being head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs arguably lacks class.

Clearly, Ron Wilson congratulating both Team USA and Team Canada on a game well played was too much to ask for.

“Ron Wilson could have pointed to the eye-opening television ratings. He could have talked about how a young group overcame its inexperience to challenge for a gold medal, and how the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team he coached might finally have lit the flame of interest in its home country.”

“But he did not.”

On his first day back to work at his regular job as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Wilson opted against highlighting the positives in the U.S. team’s unexpected march to the championship game at the Vancouver Olympics. He suggested the 3-2 overtime loss to Canada on Sunday, which has generated a considerable buzz on both sides of the border, was just that — a loss.

“In our business, it’s about winning the whole thing, and not putting it into perspective,” Wilson told reporters Tuesday. “You don’t think in terms of anything but winning the whole thing. In five years, no one’s going to give a damn. It’s who won. I mean, we know that.”

He also fired a salvo at the Canadian media for what he framed as an attack on goaltender Martin Brodeur. The 37-year-old began the tournament as the starting goalie, but ceded the job to Roberto Luongo after Canada fell to the U.S. in the preliminary round.

“The biggest surprise to me was how everybody threw Marty Brodeur — the greatest goalie in the history of the game — under the bus and backed over him,” Wilson said. “That’s the greatest goalie who’s ever played, and it kind of almost tarnished his career on one night.

“He didn’t have a good night, but part of that had to do with how well we pressured him.”

Perhaps Mr. Wilson is still upset that his team faced Roberto Luongo?  Brodeur’s lacklustre and careless goaltending against Team USA was definitely not what Team Canada needed.

Was this apparent lack of graciousness directed by current Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke who was in charge of the U.S Olympic Hockey Team?

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Written by thecanadianheadlines

March 3, 2010 at 12:33 am

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