...as evidenced by this photo of the Capitals defenseman and British Columbia native, with a jubilant Alex Ovechkin in the backround, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex this morning.
The nature of the bet between Alex Ovechkin and Karl Alzner was simple. “If Canada win, I’ll practice with a Canadian jersey,” Ovechkin explained, “And if Russia win he’s going to skate with the Russia jersey – it was pretty money.”
As everyone well knows by now, Russia defeated Canada, 6-5, in an electrifying game Tuesday in the world junior championship semifinals, which meant there was a Russia jersey waiting in Alzner’s stall at KCI for practice.
Canada nearly completed a comeback in the contest before ultimately losing, and it didn’t make for a relaxing viewing experience.
“I was so upset when it all went down, not necessarily because of the tournament and because Canada wasn’t going to wear gold but I had to wear that jersey — that’s something that I would never normally do,” Alzner said. “I was standing up for pretty much half of that third period, in a restaurant, watching that game, just walking around pacing.”
Much to the dismay of Alzner, a former captain of the Canadian junior team, he wasn’t going to get away with wearing the jersey for only a few minutes.
“The coaches didn’t really help me out at all,” Alzner said. “I asked I could just wear it for the first couple drills and they said, ‘Hey, whatever the bet is, you have to do it.’ It sucked.”
Said Ovechkin: “Too bad not lots of people were there today. I’m glad they won, I don’t want to wear the Canadian jersey. It was good.”
Russia faces Sweden tonight at 8 p.m. (NHLN), so don’t be surprised if Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson are involved in another round of betting. Canada plays Finland at 3:30 p.m. for the bronze.