We should do more to celebrate gold

It’s been three days since our Canadian men’s hockey team ended the infamous 50-year drought and finally brought home an Olympic gold medal again.
It was a great event and I can honestly say I had—and still get—goosebumps when the Canadian faithful at the E-Center sang “O Canada” during the dying seconds of the gold-medal game Sunday afternoon against Team U.S.A. (do I even have to tell you the score?)
And after watching people across the country express their patriotism and pride in the streets, everything seemed right in the country.
Now what?
We can go back to cheering our respective National Hockey League teams (did reality set in for you as it did for me when Americans Brett Hull and Chris Chelios posed with Canadians Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shan-ahan for a “Hockeytown USA” photo right after the gold-medal game?), who got back into action last night.
We can get pumped up for the playoffs and hope maybe, just maybe, the Stanley Cup also will make its return to Canada (Go Oilers, anyone?)
Non-hockey fans who jumped on the bandwagon can go back to enjoying their first-loves, such as Rollerball and backgammon—games which certainly will be part of a Summer Olympics near you.
That won’t do for the serious Team Canada fan—you know, the ones who actually keep an eye on the Spengler Cup. We need to savour and exploit this magical moment as soon as possible. After all, legends are created by the size and stature of the mantles we make for them.
First and foremost, a national holiday must be named in honour of this event. Hey, if Queen Victoria can get her own day, why not Team Canada? I don’t think ol’ Vicky ever beat Mike Richter upstairs on a breakaway to seal the deal in the third period.
We could make this a rotating date if Canada happens to win gold four years from now. Heck, if you throw in the women’s gold-winning victory three days earlier, there are possibilities for one sweet long weekend.
Secondly, let’s dip everything the team touched in pure gold. If we’re going to wear our hearts on our sleeves, why not our ego and penchant for materialism as well.
Think about it: Joe Sakic and Jarome Iginla’s stick, Martin Brodeur’s right skate (which proved to be a game-saver off a Hull one-timer). How much would a golden bowl which held the pretzels Curtis Joseph ate during the quarter-finals against Finland go for in the open market?
The revenue alone would boost our fledging loonie, folks.
And lastly, let’s create a secondary flag but instead of red—gold, instead of white—gold. And instead of a maple leaf, a big stick of . . . gold, gold, gold, I tell ya!
I feel like a river panning prospector.
What am I trying to say here? As nice as all the celebrations and hoopla were, I think it’s (and yes, I’m generalizing here) time for Canadians to once again put on their masks of humility and grace and thank the people who played a small part in their success.
That’s right: those lovable Belorussians. Thanks for knocking out Sweden, guys.
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Stratton’s Angela Lee led her Confederation College women’s curling rink to the gold medal at the Ontario College Athletic Association playdowns over the weekend.
Her rink, consisting of third Kelli Smith, second Elizabeth Eby, and lead Alyssa Gannon, went 3-1 in round-robin play before beating Georgian College in the final.
The title was the first for Lee—a second-year accounting student at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, but the women’s program’s fourth-straight (and fifth in six years).
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Brian Glavish went 1-2 at a Squash Ontario “Gold Series” tournament in Mississauga last weekend. The 12 year-old, who travelled with a group of five Thunder Bay squashers, won his first match but lost his next two in the under-13 division.
While Glavish didn’t place in the top 10, his local club coach, Bob Tkachuk, said he gave a strong performance.
“For his first time at one of these events, I think he did very well,” said Tkachuk. “He’s certainly proud of what he did.”

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