Feb 232014
 
Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune.

Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune.

I’m overflowing with emotion.  This simple game with two sticks, a net, a round rubber disc and some ice can fill my heart with joy or break it so easily it’s breathtaking. And today it filled my heart with joy – and gold.

  • I kept calling them the “Soft Swedes” because in my opinion most of these guys aren’t incredibly physical on their NHL teams. But apparently playing for your country brings out the hip check in you. According to NBC before the game Babcock showed Team Canada a picture of Alfredsson hitting a player and said, “When does he do that? Never. I’m his coach.” And in my opinion the Swedes were more physical than us. But we didn’t need to be physical. We needed to be smart and in control – and we were. I feel bad for Lundqvist because he was doing his best possible and his team did nothing to help him out.
  • Apparently, Nicklas Backstrom was banned for using an illegal allergy medication. If that’s true, it’s really sad. How hard is it to make sure these guys know what they can and can’t take? I don’t think he would have made a big enough difference for the Swedish team  to change the outcome but still, it’s unfortunate.
  • If you’re whining that a player from your favorite NHL team didn’t get ice time in the final game, you’re missing the point. It’s not about your local team. It’s about your NATIONAL team. PK Subban, Dan Hamhuis, Roberto Luongo, all did something to help get us this far. They earned their medals and it shouldn’t matter at what point they touched the ice. Now shut up and enjoy the gold and respect the choices that got us here.
  • Is anyone else sad that now these guys are going to have to go back to being ‘enemies’? I’m sad that I’m going to have to go back to hating Patrice Bergeron and cursing Jonathan Toews. But how great is it to see them all together, arms around each other, singing the national anthem? Just last season, Duncan Keith knocked out Jeff Carter’s teeth and today they’re hugging on the ice. All for the love of our great country. I’m tearing up, you guys…
  • I’m not going to lie; it’s not easy being a Canadian in America during the Olympics. I miss CBC coverage and even Don Cherry. I was cheering in my apartment at 4 a.m. and not hearing a bunch of other people in the neighbourhood cheering too. I can’t go dance in the street… well, I can but they might call the cops or immigration. But the victory is still sweet my friends. No matter where you live hold your head up high and wave that Maple Leaf. I’ll be at the beach in Malibu today and I’ll be wearing my Team Canada T-shirt. I hope you are rocking the red, white and GOLD no matter where you are too!

Where are you going to celebrate? What was your favorite moment of the tournament? Tell us!

  • Lucy Harrison

    Again Victoria you expressed my own sentiments as well. It was so joyful to see them all singing the anthem with their arms round each other. It was nice to be able to cheer for Toews and others I usually don’t like. Celebrating in the snow here in Vancouver – when it started yesterday I told myself it was a good omen for Team Canada – the prairie girl coming out in me lol! I so love this game!

  • Victoria

    Thanks Lucy! I think the snow was a good omen too! I’m kinda jealous actually. Snow seems perfect on a golden hockey day!

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