This was with Benny. I was hoping he would have to wear a Team Sweden jersey on the bench but I guess it didn’t happen. - Mikael Backlund
CALGARY, AB -- Joe Colborne may have lightened Mikael Backlund’s wallet a little bit, but it was locker room attendant Ben Dumaine who made the only Swede on the Calgary Flames roster pay the biggest price.
Backlund was sporting a Hockey Canada t-shirt post-practice on Sunday, the result of a bet struck Saturday over lunch between he and Dumaine.
“This wasn’t Joe; we had some cash going” said Backlund, looking the shirt. “This was with Benny. I was hoping he would have to wear a Team Sweden jersey on the bench but I guess it didn’t happen.”
Jonathan Toews’ first period marker held up as the eventual winner after Carey Price made 24 saves to earn the shutout in the eventual 3-0 Canadian win to capture Olympic gold. Sidney Crosby added his first of the tournament late in the second period while Chris Kunitz capped the scoring in the third to give Canada their second consecutive first-place finish at the tournament.
It also gave Dumaine bragging rights over the 24-year-old native of Vasteras, SWE.
“He said if Sweden won, I’d have to wear a stinky Sweden shirt he had lying around his house for a whole week,” Dumaine detailed. “I said, ‘Okay, you can wear my Canada shirt all week’. Luckily it worked out for me. I told him he had to wear it for interviews and all the time in the room.”
A gracious winner, Dumaine made sure the Canadian garment was freshly pressed.
“I was being a nice guy,” he said. “I knew he was going to have to wear it for a week.”