Still tired after walking off the airplane at the Edmonton International Airport yesterday, hometown forward Tyler Ennis says he’s still thrilled as his fellow Canadian juniors took gold in an exciting and emotional hockey tournament in Ottawa.
The 19-year-old winger only spent a few hours with family in Edmonton yesterday, as he laced up his skates for his Medicine Hat Tigers at Rexall Place last night against the Oil Kings.
And that’s after not getting much sleep from all the celebrating as Canada beat Sweden 5-1 on Monday night for its fifth straight world junior gold medal.
“It was awesome, especially being in Ottawa — the fans were crazy,” he said. “It was a pretty emotional night and it was the best time ever to have it happen for the fifth time in a row in Ottawa.”
Ennis says communicating to his fellow players was a difficult task as loud fans packed into the rink every game, especially in Canada’s final tilt against Sweden.
“You couldn’t hear the ref blow the whistle a lot of times, it was so loud,” said Ennis. “There was so many people painted in red and white.”
As the flags were raised for the national anthem after the game Monday night, Ennis says he was thinking about growing up in Edmonton playing hockey.
“When I listen to the national anthem, it just gives me chills right now,” said Ennis.