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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
It’s not the Hope Diamond, but the Crosby Reebok could still fetch a handsome reward for the person who has the stick used to score the golden goal for Canada in men’s hockey at the Winter Olympics last Sunday.
The stick Crosby flung in the air is missing, presumably snaffled by someone with access to the ice or dressing rooms at Hockey Canada Place in Vancouver.
While Hockey Canada searches diligently for the historic artifact, private collectors are salivating at the prospect the stick may somehow come into the market. Brian Logie is an historian of sticks who maintains one of the top private stick collections in his London, Ont., home.
from Peter Adler at the Cult of Hockey,
So, where were you when Sidney Crosby scored the gold medal-winning goal against the Americans? Eh?
When this kind of question was first asked following the November 22, 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy, it made sense to a degree. The victim, after all, was the United States of America’s 35th president, and his premature death did have a bit of an impact on the rest of the world.
But no, Canada’s sports commentators, and even political pundits, now wax sentimentally how the Olympic games in Vancouver have changed Canada. Often, they don’t even bother to add that the change was for the better. That, they assume, is taken for granted.
Let us put the entire matter into context. Canadians, and their children, and their grandchildren even, are now stuck with a debt that won’t be paid off in less than 30 years. Now, that is a legacy if there ever was one.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN, S
idney Crosby’s gear has gone missing.
The man who scored Canada’s Golden Goal to win Olympic gold in Vancouver returned home without the stick and gloves he used to score them. Maybe his helmet, too, although we’re not quite sure on that just yet.
The good news is he did get his mouthguard back.
As soon as Crosby scored the game-winning goal in overtime, Crosby’s helmet, gloves, stick and mouthguard all ended up on the ice at the national celebration began. Actually, one of this gloves ended up in the end zone mesh netting above the glass.
When all was said and done, and the yard sale was cleaned up, it was believed both of Crosby’s gloves, including the one in the mesh, were put in a bin in the Team Canada dressing room area, as well as his stick.
“The biggest surprise to me is how everybody threw Marty Brodeur, the greatest goalie in the history of the game, under the bus and backed over him, and forward, backward, forward, backward. It’s the greatest goalie that’s ever played and it almost tarnished his career on one night. He didn’t have a good night, but part of that had to do with how well we pressured them.”
-Team USA Coach Ron Wilson. More Olympics talk from James Mirtle at the Globe and Mail.
“I don’t want to talk about it. It happened. I feel sorry, but it was an emotional moment for me. I don’t want to say something bad or do something bad, but this happened. Let’s forget about it and move forward.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics,
A modest prediction now that the 2010 Winter Olympic men’s hockey tournament is in the books: Four years from now, in Sochi, the NHL will be back with full participation - even if commissioner Gary Bettman is publicly dragging his heels over making a commitment now.
It isn’t just because the NHL got its preferred final either. Canada against the United States for the gold medal guaranteed fabulous television ratings and garnered interest in the sport across North America. (NBC even televised it live on the West Coast. That’s progress.)
Remember, Bettman is two things primarily: a lawyer and a skilled negotiator. It was his ability to craft deals that ultimately got him the job in the first place.
As a negotiator, Bettman is not about to give anything away he could potentially use as a chip - not with new collective bargaining agreement talks coming in 2012.
added 6:14am on 3/2/10, A few comments about a misleading headline and I agree, sorry for the confusion. I changed the headline to stop the confusion.
“It was a great day for hockey,” blared the headline across the top of Monday morning’s Lawrence (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune, and we couldn’t agree more.
The passion so evident in the players and fans at Canada Hockey Place spilled onto the front pages of newspapers across the continent Monday.
“Has your heart stopped pounding?” asked Bucky Gleason in the Buffalo News. “The hockey gods were kind enough to bless the gold medal game with overtime, bonus action in a classic matchup between the two superpowers. It merely added more drama, more intensity and more passion to what could go into the books as the most entertaining game in Olympic history. Or hockey history. Where does this one rank? Up there. Way up there.”
“I swear there was an anxious moment Sunday, during one of the greatest hockey games ever played, when hearts in both countries beat as one, at about 125 nervous thumps per minute,” Mark Kiszla wrote in the Denver Post.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
...Nabokov, as usual, wasn’t ducking questions. He took responsibility — but didn’t want to let himself be defined by one game and at one point noted he was in the nets when Russia won the 2008 World Championships.
Here’s the transcript of our one-on-one conversation:
Q: Do you feel added pressure to show people that’s not who you are as a goalie?
“I don’t think one game makes you this or that – whatever it is, a loss or a win. Your whole career makes you who you are. You always want to prove that you’re playing well, but games like that happen. What is different this game from what happened to us against Chicago, you know what I mean?
via a John Buccigross tweet,
NBC earned a 17.6 overnight Nielsen rating for Sunday’s Canada-U.S. Gold Medal men’s hockey game.
via Russia Today,
President Dmitry Medvedev has vowed to make sure Russia’s Olympic team learns a bitter lesson from Vancouver, where it had one of its worst performances in the history of the winter games.
Medvedev said the Olympic Games revealed flaws in the training system which must be addressed before Sochi 2014.
“Taking into consideration all that happened in Vancouver, we have to change our methods of training drastically. We’ve been living on Soviet resources for a long time, but it’s over now. We do make a huge investment in sport, but money’s not everything. Those responsible for preparing Russian athletes for the Olympics have to make a brave decision and resign. And if they don’t, we’ll help them to do it. But the most important thing now is the preparation for the 2014 Olympics,” Medvedev said.
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