Make that four straight gold medals for Canada at the world junior hockey championship. Sounds like the gold medal one was a good game, too.
And to get there, on Friday afternoon Team Canada bested the US 4 -1 in their semi-final game in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Yeah, I know, I just had to add that. And as a rather cool footnote, one of Canada's players, Brad Marchand, is a 19-year-old forward from Halifax. Now that's cool.
So what is it about hockey? That even if you're not particularly a fan of the sport, let Canada do well on the world stage and its ... Woo hoo!
Okay, it could be have something to do with the fact that hockey is the quintessential Canadian sport. So we figure we just should always win. As of right. But much like the old saying that "Italy invented the pizza. America perfected it.", everyone always seems to be trying to beat us at our gig. They got a lot of nerve, I tell you.
Next year the tournament heads to North America for a four-year run. The 2009 world junior hockey championship will be held in Ottawa. Canada will host it again in 2010 and 2012 and the U.S. gets it in 2011.