Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/28/10 at 12:51 PM ET
from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,
“You win something like this, you remember everyone you played with,” U.S. center Paul Stastny said. “It doesn’t happen too often where you get to play for a gold medal against your rival on Canadian soil, where the fans are so into it.”
For some reason, this just feels so much bigger than in 2002 when Canada won gold by beating the United States in Salt Lake City.
Maybe it’s because it’s in Canada, where the sport is sewn into the fabric of millions. Maybe it’s the fact that Canadian TV and radio has dissected every facet of these two teams. Maybe it’s because the U.S. beat the Canadians 5-3 on their home ice only seven days earlier and Canadians everywhere prayed for a black-and-blue rematch.
“Hockey is not a sport in Canada. It’s a cult. It’s a religion,” said Burke, who doubles as the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs and used to manage the Vancouver Canucks. “It’s why I love living and working in the NHL in a Canadian city.
“The Canadians view this as their game, and they view this game [Sunday] as planting a flag on a peak.”
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