Cameron responds to post-game comments by Sweden's Ronnberg

Saturday, 01.01.2011 / 10:55 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / 2011 World Junior Championship Blog

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Cameron responds to post-game comments by Sweden's Ronnberg
If you missed the post-game comments made by Swedish National Junior coach Roger Ronnberg following his team's thrilling shooting victory over Canada on Friday, here's a refresher:

"I think, actually, we had some tougher games against the Czechs and the Russians, but I'm really proud coaching this team and they showed their character today, bouncing back all the time."

It was right around this time every reporter within the media center did the following -- (:-o)

It certainly wasn't expected and, actually, Canada coach Dave Cameron kind of turned to his left, ever so gently, to stare at the opposing coach as if to say, "What did you say?" You had to be there.

Anyway, the comments certainly agitated Cameron. He was asked to respond to Ronnberg's post-game take on his team and took the bait -- hook, line and sinker.

"I'll answer that in two parts, is that fair?" he told the media Saturday morning. "The first part is, they beat us. He's the king of the mountain right now and he can say what he wants.

"The second part is I wish part of this tournament was a shinny game between coaches, with no media."

Heck, it almost makes you want a rematch. It could happen, too, if Canada wins two more games and Sweden just one. "This isn't a time for games," Cameron said. "They're a very good team.

"He can say what he wants about his team. We're not going to do that, or I hope we're not going to do that. My message to my players is regardless of what happens in this tournament, stay humble. There's more than one good team here. Let your work on the ice do all your talking."

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