Sanderson, a member of the Whitby Dunlops (pictured), died while engaged in the unfortunately time-honoured exercise of dropping the gloves - his helmet fell off as his head hit the ice when he was wrestled down. So, here's our country, pretending that the future of hockey is in ship shape, having to deal at the same time with the fact that fighting continues to kill its players - and the game.
In fact, what we can learn from the world tourney - and international hockey, in general - is that the game rocks when it isn't plagued by moronic fights that drag down the tempo and the reputation of the game.
But machismo continues to fuel what could be a beautiful game. It seems that no amount of excess can get hockey authorities to change their tune. Sean Avery, the former New York Ranger pest traded to Dallas this season, was someone whose vicious antics - including ramming goalies, and pestering them (specifically Devils goalie Martin Brodeur) in ways so offensive they had to invent a new rule to prevent them - were considered wholly appropriate.
It wasn't until he badmouthed his former girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert that Dallas gave Avery the boot. The incident convinced the Stars management that he had some "issues."
Now, normally I'd cheer when a hockey team comes to a woman's defense - especially in the wake of the upsetting acquittal of hockey coach David Frost, at the expense of the courageous women who testified against him - but I find it depressing that a relatively benign comment made by a player about his ex- should be the catalyst for getting the boot when Avery's on-ice stupidity should have been enough to get him the old heave-ho.
But this is the country where hockey coaches have sometimes Rasputin-like control over their charges - Frost, according to witness statements, pushed his players around literally and figuratively - where Don Cherry still rules and is considered a hero for championing hockey violence and where Todd Bertuzzi can attack a hockey player in the course of a game, paralyzing him as a result, and then get rewarded with a spot on Canada's 2006 Olympic hockey team.
Only in Canada, you say? Yes, unfortunately.