Canadian men’s hockey team captures gold with shutout win over Sweden

“After the gold medals had all been awarded, after the players had posed for the obligatory centre-ice photograph, Jonathan Toews accepted a Canadian flag from one of their supporters in the Bolshoy arena and circled the ice – briefly – waving it back and forth. It was about as wild as the on-ice celebration ever got, the Canadians handling the aftermath of Sunday’s gold medal-winning performance over Sweden with the same quiet efficiency they used to handle all six opponents they faced en route to defending the gold medal they won back in 2010 in Vancouver.” writes Eric Duhatschek for The Globe and Mail. “Now that was a party – at home, in overtime, playing in front of a crowd that erupted when Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal. But Canada was so much in control of Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Sweden that the final period involved mostly clock-watching. It was that methodical. It was that dominating. ‘You had to do something to try and engage the fans a little bit there,’ Toews explained. ‘I’m not really the flashy guy who does those sorts of things, but I was pretty excited out there.’ History is rarely on the minds of players when they win something as significant as an Olympic gold medal. The experience is too fresh, too new and really just too much fun in the here-and-now to think about its significance or long-term impact. Ultimately, each of the most recent men’s hockey golds resonate in their own unique way.” Read the full article here. | Raymond Matt, CFP, CLU, TEP, CH    

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