On New Year's Eve, all Sweden's star goalie wanted to do was Dansk, Dansk, Dansk.
Following the world junior championship host's white-knuckle 3-2 win over Russia, goalie Oscar Dansk was certainly living in the moment, because why not? The 19-year-old had just stopped 10-of-11 Russian third-period shots, many from close range, to seal the victory that clinched first place for Sweden in its round-robin group. So why not thrill the home country fans at the Malmo Arena with some dance moves?
The game is supposed to be fun. On top of that, 2013 began with two Swedish goalies, Anton Forsberg and Sebastian Idoff, getting widespread attention for entertaining fans by dancing after a game. So why not send the year out in the same fashion?
Essentially, Dansk was doubly obliged to entertain, firstly as a Swede and secondly as a goalie for the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters. His predecessor with the Otters, Ramis Sadikov, was also quite a showman after victories. Sadikov once climbed on top of the net so his teammates could push him around the ice like he was on a throne.
Now you know the rest of the story. Time will tell if Dansk has tempted fate as far as the rest of the tournament goes.
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