"Anybody can be the guy to score the winning goal for the team and be the hero. We had a lot of guys not reaching their potential before this game -- that's Mika. Saving his best game when we needed it the most … he was really good today." -- Sweden coach Roger Ronnberg
If you've waited for something for 31 years, what's another ten minutes, right? Maybe the fact that the final of the 2012 World Junior Championship went into overtime just made the wait and the victory even sweeter. Maybe Sweden had to get to a couple of finals in 2008 and 2009 and lose.
Or maybe the 2012 team was just one special bunch of players.
A special bunch, just like the guys on the 1981 gold-medal winning team – Lars Eriksson, Peter Åslin, Håkan Nordin, Patrik Sundström, Roger Hägglund, Jan Erixon, Jan Ingman, Peter Sundsträm, Jens Öhling, Mikael Thelven, Michael Granstedt, Peter Andersson, Martin Pettersson, Anders Björklund, Anders Jonsson, Peter Madach, Peter Nilsson, Robert Nordmark, Ove Pettersson, and Dan Nicklasson.