Twitter Reaction: Canada’s bronze in men’s hockey feels good as gold

Chris Kelly and Andrew Ebbett had two goals apiece to help Canada defeat the Czech Republic and earn a bronze medal in Pyeongchang.

It’s usually considered a disappointment when Canada wins a non-gold medal at an international hockey tournament.

That wasn’t the case at Pyeongchang 2018, though, as Canada’s men’s team — a group of journeymen, NHL castoffs and misfits from around the hockey world — was all smiles after avenging a preliminary-round loss to the Czech Republic and winning bronze on the penultimate day of the Games.

It had been 50 years since the last time Canada’s men’s hockey team won Olympic bronze. Canada had taken home gold in three of the past four Winter Games and hadn’t played for bronze since 1998 in Nagano, Japan when it fell to Finland.

Saturday’s game had plenty of chances at both ends of the ice but it was Canada’s veterans that proved to be the difference.

Derek Roy, of 738 regular-season NHL contests, finished the tournament with seven points in six games and chipped in with a key goal in the first period.

Andrew Ebbett, the epitome of a journeyman who has played on 13 teams across three leagues in the past 12 years, had a pair of goals including this nifty tip-in.

Chris Kelly, Canada’s 37-year-old captain in what might have been be the final hockey game of his career, also had two and scored what ended up being the game-winner.

It seemed every time Canada scored to extend its lead the Czechs would fire back only seconds later, yet the Canadians held on for a 6-4 victory.

Here is some more reaction to Canada winning bronze.

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