Monday, January 7, 2008

Alfredsson the Canuck

Daniel Alfredsson made good on a bet today when he donned a white Team Canada jersey after Canada beat Sweden for the WJHC gold medal.

Looks just like MY jersey!

Not unexpectedly, Alfie's teammates had a few comments about his performance in practice.

“I thought his heart looked big today. He backchecked harder and did a lot of the little things. Definitely, the jersey rubbed off on him a little bit," said Jason Spezza with a laugh.

“There was a little extra grit in there, maybe,” added Ray Emery.

“He’s got an Olympic gold medal (in Torino, Italy, in 2006),” said Dany Heatley. “Nobody else in here has one. He’s got one for Sweden, maybe he can trade countries and help us win one.”

"There is no chance," said Alfredsson.



Some more post-WJHC news: TSN is reporting that the gold medal game on Saturday drew an audience of 2.22 million viewers (which peaked at over 3 million as OT began). This was the fourth most watched program on TSN EVER, and the second most watched program in Canada this week (behind Desperate Housewives...what the frig?).

The most watched sporting event in Canadian history? The men's gold medal hockey game at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics between Canada and the US. Over 10 million people watched that game (or about 33% of the nation's population), and thankfully the Canucks won, otherwise we would have had 10 million people rioting in the streets from St. John's, Newfoundland to Victoria, BC.

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