After the 2014 NHL Winter Classic ended on New Year's Day, USA Hockey announced its roster for this year's Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Players were informed that they made the team via text messages. The problem with that is, there is no way to confirm that the right person has been told, as USA Hockey found out on Wednesday.
The Vancouver Canucks' Ryan Kesler made the team, but there was a mix-up in getting him the message. Kesler had changed his number, which meant that USA Hockey officials did not have the correct number.
That's where this story takes an awesome turn. Instead of texting Kesler, officials texted a 67-year-old Canadian, via TSN's Gord Miller:
Before announcing the roster for the Olympic Team, USA Hockey sent text messages to players in the mix saying they would be contacted...— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) January 1, 2014
...but Ryan Kesler had changed his #. The guy who has it now said "I'm a 67 year old Canadian in Vancouver, I'd be happy to play for you."— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) January 1, 2014
And he added: "I think Canada would be even happier if I played for you." The USA Hockey guys had a good laugh.— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) January 1, 2014
There's so much to laugh about with this situation. This will serve as a lesson moving forward, but it gives everyone a good chuckle.
Kesler was also a part of the 2010 Olympic team.
Hat tip to Yahoo! Sports' Greg Wyshynski for the find.