Gonna need stronger refs. Don't get me wrong I'm worried as hell about our D/G situation but the adaptability shown to play to the hand they've been dealt could come in handy against the Russians and Americans. In the past a 5 minute major would end the big hits and Canada would go into a shell and other teams could dominate us with their skill. Canada is still throwing the hits and they're not crying to the refs when the calls go against them.
They've obviously gotta throw hits, that's part of hockey.
If Candian players keep getting suspended, maybe it's time to stop blaming the refs, and start looking at the way this team is playing. Every player wants to make the big hit, but it doesn't do the team any good if it costs them a 5 minute penalty.
Again this is international hockey, not North American. The way they're calling it should not surprise anyone. Welcome to the World Juniors.