Sunday, May 21, 2006

Sweden wins 2006 double gold

At least that appears to be the case, with the Swedes leading the Czech Republic 4-0 heading into the third period at today's World Championship gold-medal final. The tournament has, once again, been a pretty dominating performance by Team Sweden.

Unbelievably, this is the first time any country has won gold in both the World Championship and the Olympics in the same year. (Prior to 1992, the WC was not held in Olympic years — other than 1972 and '76.)

The really impressive footnote for this Swedish team is that, unlike in Turin, they won without a squad made up of NHL players. In fact, only five members of this team played in the NHL this season: Niklas Kronwall, Mikael Samuelsson, Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg and Michael Nylander.

Canada? Well, it wasn't pretty in today's bronze-medal game, a 5-0 loss to Finland, which continues this country's aversion to anything other than silver and gold in international play. Canada has just one bronze (1995) in the last 19 World Championship tournaments, and has won only two bronze medals ever at the Olympics (1956, 1968).

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