Leafs coach jokes that Antropov illness related to Kazakhstan’s 15-0 loss

TORONTO – A sickness forced Nik Antropov to skip practice Monday but Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson wonders if his Kazakhstani forward was ill over something else.

“He was sick, and I think he was more sick from that 15-0 drubbing Kazakhstan took,” Wilson said facetiously. “He might have owed some guys some money and he just decided not to come and hope they forgot.

“It wouldn’t shock me.”

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Wilson, of course, was referring to Kazakhstan’s devastating loss to Canada at the world junior hockey championship Sunday.

An American, Wilson said he wouldn’t show his face if the United States suffered a similar humiliation.

“I tell you, if the U.S. loses to Canada 15-0 you’ll probably see (assistants) Tim Hunter, Rob Zettler and Keith Acton run the bench one night,” he said. “I’d be hiding under a rock.”