Nathan Denette/ Canadian Press
Not everyone was happy after Canada beat Sweden 3-1 in the World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game on Friday.
After getting his Silver Medal, Swedish Captain, Lias Andersson, threw the medal into the crowd.
(It might hard to see but look at the top right corner of the screen)
Lias Andersson gets his silver medal presented to him. Andersson takes it off and throws it into the stands! Emotions hitting the brink! pic.twitter.com/v8tmoqJDxa
— NHL Daily 365 (@NHLDaily365) January 6, 2018
BEFORE YOU REACT! here’s the reason why Andersson did it
Lias Andersson said he tossed the medal into the stands because “the fans wanted it more.” He cited losing in final of U-18 and U-17 as part of his frustration
— Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdon) January 6, 2018
Twitter WENT OFF but surprisingly, in support of Andersson:
I would take Lias Andersson on my team anyday. I played with his dad in Nashville. One of the kindest people ever. Love that he showed some passion.
"If you're not first your last."
— Corey Hirsch (@CoreyHirsch) January 6, 2018
so what if lias andersson did that? yeah he shouldn’t have thrown the medal over the glass but if i put myself or one of y’all in that situation you’d be emotional like he is. stop bashing him he’s not even 20
— tony 🇬🇱 (@prunedjoos) January 6, 2018
•Doesn’t want a prize for failure
•Captain of his team
•Plays with actual passion, and gives everything he has to the game. Isn’t just a goon.
•Exclusively wants to win
Someone explain what is immature about this…
— ↗ Promoted (@SIim_Skjeidy) January 6, 2018
You still had your nay-sayers though:
Lias Andersson of Sweden, you are an embarrassment to hockey, sport, and your country, captain of your team and chucking your silver medal into the crowd, you’ve got a lot of growing up to do bud, you’re lucky someone got that back to you #WJHC2018
— Ethan Horne (@Ethania7) January 6, 2018
Lias Andersson for biggest coward of 2018. You’ve been given the opportunity of a lifetime to play in a tournament that every kid dreams of playing in, and you throw your silver medal into the stands? Grow up.
— Bray (@bprokopchuk4) January 6, 2018
I’m fine with what Andersson did. If I’m on a team, I want to play for a Captain who won’t settle for anything less than the best.
I don’t see the disrespect in what he did. It’s not like he threw the medal to the ground when he got it or tossed it in the garbage.
It was in the heat of the moment. Also, he’s lost in big games in the past so I’m sure THIS loss, opened some old wounds.
Let me know your stance on this.
Joey – Weekend Annnouncer on Fresh Radio