CNNSI.com Winter Olympics 2002 Ice Hockey Winter Olympics 2002 Ice Hockey


 

Lucky loonie

Buried coin proves to be golden for Canadian teams

Posted: Monday February 25, 2002 2:04 PM

By Eric Francis, SLAM! Sports

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- Even though it can't buy much down here, the Canadian dollar proved to be worth its weight in gold yesterday.

The value of the loonie rose sharply following yesterday's gold-medal game when Wayne Gretzky revealed a dollar coin had been secretly imbedded at center ice for good luck.

"The people who made the ice here [at the E Center] are from Canada and before the tournament they buried a loonie under the ice," beamed Gretzky, pulling the coveted coin out of his pocket.

"We dug it out after the game and we're going to present it to the Hockey Hall of Fame. We got two medals out of it, so it's pretty special."

Salt Lake Organizing officials hired ice technician Dan Craig and the two Zamboni drivers from Edmonton.

SkyReach Centre, home of the Oilers, is known for having one of the best ice surfaces in the NHL, and Craig's crew was brought on board to ensure the large, Olympic-sized ice was up to the highest standards for the tourney.

They placed the loonie deep at center ice, spurring several players from the Canadian women's team to get on their hands and knees to look at the good luck charm following their gold medal win.

"I hope they don't get fired," laughed Gretzky of his SkyReach pals.

More hockey from SlamSports    


 
Related information
Stories
Canada beats USA 5-2 to win gold medal
Canada erupts in honking, cheering pride over gold medal
Brodeur fills father's bronze footsteps with Canadian gold
CNNSI.com's Darren Eliot: Canada gives golden performance
Gretzky's magic again brings glory to Canada
SI's Kostya Kennedy: Fleury worthy of golden celebration
Late addition Iginla steals show in biggest game
Multimedia
Visit Video Plus for the latest audio and video
Search our site Watch CNN/SI 24 hours a day
Sports Illustrated and CNN have combined to form a 24 hour sports news and information channel. To receive CNN/SI at your home call your cable operator or DirecTV.

 


 
CNNSI