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28 February 2010

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James McKenzie-Smith

Dear Sir,

I, for one, thank you for your congratulations, but I did not have anything to do with it. I am also not in the habit of basking in the reflected glory of anybody, let alone the glory of a bunch of overpaid, infantile egomaniacs who beat another bunch of overpaid, infantile egomaniacs, so their victory means precisely nothing to me.

Frankly, I was hoping that the Finns, or Swiss, or Jamaicans, or someone else, would win the whole tournament. Hockey steals way too much of the limelight around here, and I would like to have seen some of it spread around to the dedicated sportsmen who toil away in anomymity, partaking in obscure sports for a shot at 53rd position.

Best regards,

James McKenzie-Smith

Grimgrin

It very easily could have gone the other way. The American team deserves a lot of credit for rallying in the third period and taking it to overtime.

Charles I

Yes, you are a well bred gentleman and host.

Thankyou.

Fraser

That was one awesome game. Granted, I wanted Canada to win, but both teams were outstanding.

FB Ali

Graciously said, Pat.

Though no expert on the game, I thought the US team played better than ours did!

Castellio

It's interesting to flush out the canucks on the thread. In any case, as a Canadian with an American wife I did find myself supporting the gritty Slovaks.

But, I do want to add that I think Canadian-American relations of genuine interest and an area of some fundamental confusions.

Castellio

Off topic (or is it on topic?), was very interested in the article called "Is Another Israel-Iran 'Proxy War' Looming?" at http://www.raceforiran.com/

William R. Cumming

Sic Transit Gloria!

Medicine Man

@FB Ali - I would say that the American team played more consistantly than the Canadian. It was a very tight match defensively overall.

I'm actually quite impressed with Finland. 5m population and a world class men's and woman's hockey team. Interesting that the same three countries won medals in both events.

Russ Wagenfeld

One of the best games I have ever seen. I too thought the US could have won. Hockey is partly a game of inches and lucky breaks as well as skill and hard work. With respect to NHL players, the ones I have known are down to earth unaffected guys who are happy to be paid to play a game they love.

confusedponderer

Medicine Man,
s for the Finns, they have skates for feet, and they have vodka in their blood. A lot of it. Probably that's what keeps them working at sub zero temperatures.

Bobby Murray

Blame this one on the hockey gods. If they weren't so busy hob nobbing with Don Cherry about their respective tailors...
All kidding aside, congratulations, Canada. Perthaps the stigma of "American born" in regards to ice hockey means considerably less now. And to our US team, hold your heads up, you did us proud.

wsam

It was a great game.

Canada out-shot the US by a significant margin, usually an indicator of who 'played better'.

Yonge Street in Toronto was packed last night.

The real question is what is wrong with Canada's alpine skiing program.

Where are our Bodie Miller's?

Got A Watch

Congratulations to the US tea for a well played game.

I thought the American players exhibited a lot of class while waiting around to get the Silver medals presented.

The expressions betrayed their disappointment (nobody looked happy to get a silver), but it must be difficult to stand there while the crowd goes crazy and opposing players celebrate.

Patrick Lang

GAW

How would the Canadian team and fans have looked if it had gone the other way? pl

Jan Fladeboe

On the other hand, check this letter written by the parents of wounded Canadian solier. Micheal Yon, who has a great blog on Afghanistan, posted a picture of the soldier being attended by a USAF nurse aboard a medivac. As one can see, they and others are truly grateful to the US.

Dear Michael Yon,


Today we were sent your story of February 14, 2010. The “unknown” Canadian is our son Danny. He is a 23-year-old soldier from Vancouver, Canada.


Your photographs were extraordinary and have impacted so many people here in Canada. There has been an outpouring of affection for the Americans who helped Danny in his moment of need. For that, we thank you for recording these acts of kindness into history.


Danny's injuries were the result of an explosion on February 12, 2010. Four Canadian soldiers were injured and tragically one Canadian soldier was killed. Within 20 minutes of the explosion, Danny was airlifted by helicopter to Kandahar. Upon arrival he received emergency surgery that saved his life and prepared him for the flight to Bagram that you were on.


After landing in Bagram, Danny was again airlifted by a US transport aircraft to the US Army run Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. There he underwent additional surgery that closed up his wounds. Once stabilized, the Canadian government dispatched a Challenger jet to bring him home. This afternoon in Vancouver, the shrapnel that did all the damage to him was finally removed. Danny is now recovering in hospital.


This was Danny's second tour of duty in Afghanistan and his platoon on this tour has had heavy causalities and injuries. Physically, Danny will overcome his injuries. He also has the support of his family, his friends and his community to deal with the emotional side of this war. Our hearts go out to those families who have had the loss of a soldier or who have had to deal with greater injuries.


Danny and his whole family are very grateful, and are actually overwhelmed, by the support he received while in US care. The Canadian military have also been wonderful. It is our intention to personally thank everyone who worked so hard to save Danny's life. We have already made contact with Major Deborah "Lucy" Lehker to thank her.


Sincerely,


Jim & Holly

Got A Watch

Well, our team would have probably behaved much the same, looking disappointed. Most are veterans of NHL playoffs and international tournaments.

The fans would probably mostly just leave, the medal ceremony was long. Some would stay. US fans in the building would be cheering, you probably would not notice most Canadian fans slinking towards the exits.

If you are asking me if Canadian fans would boo a winning US team, probably some would.

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