Sunday, February 28, 2010
Some thoughts on Canada's gold medal win
By Richard Durrett
First, congrats to Team Canada. The country has been pointing toward this moment for years and to do it in that building and in overtime against the United States has to be especially sweet.
Congrats, too, to Brenden Morrow. I can tell you from talking to Morrow before the team was selected and then chatting with him after he was picked to join the club that this is a very big deal to him. He knew what it meant to play on Team Canada in Vancouver for the Olympics. And with all the pressure that comes with that, Morrow played well and will wear a gold medal.
Some other thoughts:
* Sidney Crosby sure knows how to seize the moment, doesn't he? Wow. The guy is a champion and he showed it again on Sunday. His young resume now has a Stanley Cup and a gold medal.
* Kudos to former Stars general manager Doug Armstrong and former Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock, who were a part of the staff that put together Team Canada.
* Ryan Miller sure looked emotional after the game. But he was phenomenal for Team USA throughout the entire tournament. And he was great in the gold medal game, too.
* I know Marc Crawford was joking, but how great would it be to have Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf on the Stars with Morrow. I'd sure like to watch that line in the month of March with the challenge that faces the Stars.
* If the Stars get the Morrow that played like a demon around the net during the Olympics, it should be a very interesting 21 games in 40 days.
* I'd like to see if this tournament and the fact that the U.S. and Canada played such a great gold medal final, which needed overtime to decide it, will help ratings for hockey as the NHL resumes. The Stanley Cup playoffs are right around the corner and so many of these players on both sides will be in the postseason.
* The United States was the youngest team in this tournament. They played extremely well and, should the NHL continue to send players to the Olympics, they have a bright future in Olympic play.
* It was cool to hear everyone singing the National Anthem of Canada after the medals were given out. I may be biased (having lived in Montreal my final two years of high school), but I think it's a great anthem.