Friday, February 19, 2010
The Newfoundland edge
Today’s Globe and Mail headline has it right: Canada sighs with relief after close call versus Swiss.
Team Canada pulled out a skin-of-the-teeth 3-2 shootout win over Switzerland Thursday night. But it wasn’t just relief I felt at the result; it was disbelief.
How is it that a country of hockey gods can barely squeeze by a country of hockey unknowns, mere mortals?
The answer dawned on me early this morning, much like an epiphany (or an elbow to the head).
Team Canada is missing a Newfoundlander. More specifically, Team Canada is missing Danny Cleary.
Following a January 2008 fight between then-Anaheim Duck defenceman Chris Pronger (who plays with Team Canada) and Cleary, a TSN commentator had this to say: “There’s a six-inch height difference … which Cleary makes up for by being from Newfoundland.”
Tell me we couldn't use that in the Olympics ...