AUTHOR’S NOTE—I wrote this article yesterday, so please ignore any reference to the article being published at about 5:00 on Monday.
Yes. That is all I have to say.
Why might that be? It’s because the golden goal was scored yesterday afternoon, at almost this exact same time. It’s because Sidney Crosby finally managed to get by the stubborn defence of the United States, and score what was probably the second most important goal of Canadian Hockey History.
It almost seemed too perfect. Two natural rivals in Canada and the USA, battling it out in the Gold Medal game of the 2010 Winter Olympics, with Zach Parise sending the game to Overtime with just seconds to spare, and then the Golden Boy, the Kid, Sidney Crosby, ending the marathon.
It almost seemed scripted. How could that possibly happen? The United States hadn’t been trailing in any game at these 2010 Olympics before this game. They even defeated both the Canadians, and the feisty Finns handily. Well, they beat the Canadians the first time the two teams met…
The Men’s Ice Hockey Gold Medal wasn’t the only victory that came that day at Canada Hockey Place in Vancouver. It was also a victory for the Canadian Government’s Own the Podium program. That win over the USA 3-2 in Overtime, put this year’s Canadian Olympic Team alone at the top, for most gold medals ever won at the Winter Olympics with 14 of them.
It was truly an amazing game by both teams, and without the star-studded Canadians, and the speedy and determined Americans, this game never would’ve happened. For that, I thank both teams, and their organizers.
However, sadly, this could be the last time that we have the best-in-the-world play each other at the Olympics. Yes, the NHL and the IIHF have different visions for the future of the NHL in the Olympics, and commissioner of the National Hockey League, Gary Bettman, doesn’t seem too happy and optimistic about the NHL returning for the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia.
Now, I think I speak for almost all Canadians, Americans, and hockey fans alike, if the NHL didn’t go to those games in Sochi, just because of the BoG’s selfishness.. that would really suck.
So while we hope for Gary to do something right for a change and let the NHL return to the Games in 4 years from now, we have the rest of the NHL Season to look forward to!
Games resume tonight, when a classic rivalry between the Colorado Avalanche and the Detroit Red Wings kick off the race for the playoffs. For the Wings, they’ll need everything they can muster to douse the Avs, and the rest of the League in order to keep their 18 year playoff streak alive.
What a great Olympic Tournament this has been, and what a great NHL Season to look forward to. Thanks for reading… and drop a comment below if you feel like expressing your own opinion.