As Karl Alzner watched Canada’s furious comeback against Russia in the world junior championship semifinals Tuesday night, he was pulling hard for his country – but more because of a bet with Alex Ovechkin. The loser would have to wear the jersey of the winner’s team.
Russia held Canada off to win 6-5.
“I was so upset when it all went down,” Alzner said. “Not necessarily because … Canada wasn’t going to win gold, but I had to wear that jersey.”
Alzner made good on the bet by wearing a white and red Russia sweater for Thursday’s practice, much to his chagrin and Ovechkin’s joy.
“It was pretty funny,” Ovechkin said. “And it’s too bad not lots of people was there today.”
Ovechkin also won a bottle of wine as part of the bet, made between two Capitals players who served as captains at the world junior tournament.
Alzner was none too happy about the whole situation.
“Yes, it was the worst morning of my life,” Alzner said with a bit of hyperbole. “But I’m a man of my word and that was the bet that me and Ovi had made so I had to wear the jersey. … So, yeah it sucked.”
He tried to get out of it after a couple drills but said coaches made him keep it on the entire time.
“I didn’t know what the bet was,” coach Dale Hunter said. “So got to go with the bet.”
Hunter admitted he probably wouldn’t have made a bet like that, but it may not be the end of it, as Russia and Sweden play for the gold medal Thursday night.