Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: National Pride Overflowing on Magical Sunday

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: National Pride Overflowing on Magical Sunday

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Editorial Exchange: National pride overflowing on magical Sunday

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An editorial from the Charlottetown Guardian, published Feb. 24:

Team Canada repeated as Olympic gold medal champions in men's hockey on Sunday and in the process unleashed a tidal wave of pride among the nation's population. We Canadians take our hockey very seriously and it seems we are never more proud and united than when we are being successful in hockey.

Millions of Canadians were up early Sunday to watch the gold medal game between Canada and Sweden. It was a comfortable 8 a.m. start time on the East Coast (8:30 a.m. in Newfoundland), but 4 a.m. on the West Coast.?

But the actual time didn't matter in the sense that Canadians, wherever they were, weren't going to miss the opportunity to witness another historic moment in our nation's sports history.

In terms of drama, Sunday's 3-0 victory wasn't a nailbiter by any means; unlike the heart-stopping overtime win by Canada's women's team last Thursday.

But expectations were high for the much-hyped Canadian men and so the tension was high.

Early in the first period, with both teams still feeling each other out, a Swedish shot hit the left post behind goalie Carey Price. He quickly looked behind himself and gobbled up the loose puck that was dangerously close to being in the net. The goaltender and Team Canada, indeed all Canadians, dodged a bullet. From there things just kept getting better.

NHL superstars Jonathan Toews (first period), Sidney Crosby (second period) and Chris Kunitz (third period) provided the scoring for Canada. Mr. Crosby's goal was highlight reel material. The Cole Harbour, N.S., native roared in on a breakaway and cleverly deked the Swedish goalie before squeezing the puck into the net.

Mr. Crosby, the Team Canada captain who is a frequent visitor to Prince Edward Island in the summer, is a class act both as a player and a person. …

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