Cyclone — and proud Canadian — Vanderbeken celebrates hockey gold

AMES — Jamie Vanderbeken hasn’t had much to feel good about these last few months.

That changed Sunday when the Belleville, Ontario, native watched Canada beat the United States, 3-2, in overtime of the men’s Olympic hockey final. Vanderbeken, who is being witheld from competition and seeking a medical redshirt for next season because of a variety of injuries, was signing the Canadian national anthem walking off the practice floor Monday morning.

“I’m so proud, especially being around all Americans who don’t know anything about hockey,” he said. “We honestly care.”

Cyclone players were lifting weights Sunday during the gold medal match, and keeping one eye on the TV. 

“When I heard it was 2-2 and they tied it up I almost cried,” Vanderbeken said.

A nation — and an ISU basketball player thousands of miles away — rejoiced when Sidney Crosby scored the game-winning goal past U.S.  goalie Ryan Miller.

A loss would have been difficult for Canadians to swallow.  

“There would be a lot of depressed people,” Vanderbeken said. “It’s our game. We invented it, we mastered it and we’ve got (gold) again… You (Americans) are getting there.”

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