Todd Muller is a hockey dad through and through.
At 6 o’clock in the morning, the brother of well known NHL player and coach Kirk Muller is at the rink for his son’s practice.
This is the Greater Kingston Triple A Minor Bantam team — 13 year old competitive hockey players who, after watching the Canada-U.S Gold medal game, hit the ice early with a little extra motivation.
“The kids were all up late last night pretty well like all of Canada watching that great game.
It gives them incentive to be one of those players like last night. They’re out there early today working hard, hopefully the stars of Canada in the future.”
The game was a roller coaster of emotion.
But Team USA capped a late rally by winning the game in a sudden-death shoot out.
Former NHL-er and World Junior player Alan McCauley, who was on hand at morning practice, says he knows all too well how it feels to lose out on a gold medal.
Alan McCauley/ Former NHL Player:
“I’m sure they’ll appreciate their silver medal down the road but probably this morning there’s a bitter taste in their mouth that they walked away with a silver medal instead of gold.”
These boys agree that while the game was exciting to watch– seeing Canada lose in a shoot out was beyond disappointing.
“I’m not personally a fan of shoot-outs.
It’s not fair in my opinion but once it was there I knew the game was going to end soon because the U.S. has a lot of good players that would capitalize in a shoot out.”
“I thought that we should have won that game. Props to the States for winning it I guess.”
But there may be a silver lining to the tough loss in front of a Canadian crowd… It will inspire a new generation to work hard to bring home the gold.
Clip- Chad Muller
“One day I hope, I hope I’ll get out there and try to win that medal.”
Jonna Smple, CKWS News Kingston