Jonathan Toews isn't used to losing, particularly in international competition, but when Canada was defeated by the United States in the gold medal game at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, the Chicago Blackhawks captain found himself on the wrong side of a wager with teammate Patrick Kane.
Toews, who hails from Winnipeg, begrudgingly wore one of Kane's United States Olympic jerseys Sunday to settle the bet with the Buffalo native.
Toews has defeated Kane three times en route to gold medals in international competition, in the semifinal of the 2007 World Junior Championship and twice in the Olympics (2010, 2014). Toews' Team Canada also defeated Kane's Team USA 4-2 in the preliminary round at the World Cup of Hockey 2016.
But even with all that recent success, seeing Toews in red, white and blue was traumatic for Canadians.
Toews clearly did not enjoy donning the stars and stripes but his confidence in his country's junior-hockey prowess has not waned.
Kane has been a big winner by putting his faith in the U.S. team. Besides the victory against Toews, he won a $500 bet with Blackhawks linemate Artemi Panarin for the United States' semifinal victory against Russia.
Kane wasn't the only American to cash in on a World Juniors wager. Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews was also victorious in a bet against coach Mike Babcock.