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U.S. hockey invites 67-year-old Canadian to play in Sochi Games

- January 2nd, 2014
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Team USA officials meant to invite Ryan Kesler to compete with them in Sochi, but instead got an interesting response. (QMI Agency)

The U.S. national hockey team shocked a 67-year-old man with an Olympic hockey invite Wednesday.

It was quite the surprise, seeing as he’s also a Canadian.

In naming their Olympic roster ahead of the 2014 Sochi Games, U.S. team officials sent text messages to NHLers named to the team.

Problem is, American staffers had no idea Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler, who will appear at his second Olympics, had changed his cell number.

So, when they tried to contact him, U.S. management received an interesting reply.

“I’m a 67 year old Canadian in Vancouver, I’d be happy to play for you,” the man’s text reply said, according to TSN’s Gord Miller.

“I think Canada would be even happier if I played for you.”

Even more funny was that the text misstep likely made Kesler — at least briefly — think his invite got lost in the mail.

Check out Team USA’s actual roster, minus the elderly.

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3 comments

  1. Aegis | January 2, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Why do people still insist on sending text messages for important events/information?

  2. proud Canadian | January 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I have to presume that the brass at USA hockey doesn’t have the balls to make a phone call. I guess a society that OK’s dumping a partner by text shows it’s class in this manner.What if he had just texted back that he would be there. What a furor that would have caused when Kessler didn’t get the message.

  3. Amused Brit | January 6, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    @Proud Canadian: don’t think balls have anything to do with it. More like they don’t give a puck!

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