Canada wins 1-0 over United States.
Victory is ours.
A country will rejoice.
I sat with Al Strachan at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Sitting nearby was Mike Brophy then with The Hockey News.
Canada scored and he kind of cheered.
Then, he quickly apologized to Al and I: “Sorry about that.”
Al said: “It’s okay to be Canadian today Mike. You don’t have to apologize.”
I will never forget that day. I will never forget the fans breaking out into Canada in the final 30 seconds so that it finished right as the buzzer sounded to signify gold.
Canada looked great in its 1-0 victory over the States in the semi-final Sunday.
The country played hard. The country played smart. In the words of coach Paul MacLean, they put the work boots on and got the job done.
A challenge lays ahead: The Swedes.
This is the opponent Daniel Alfredsson wanted. He told CBC he lived in Canada so long he’d like to see the country in the final. He’ll get his wish.
The road to gold is there for Canada. Another strong effort is needed.
Just remember Sunday: It’s okay to be Canadian.