Lias Andersson threw his Silver Medal into the stands last night after Sweden lost the Gold Medal game to Canada.
Andersson was awarded his medal and promptly tossed it into the crowd.
Following the game, Andersson spoke about it and said that "the guy in the stands wanted it more than me, so I had to give it to him. (Ashmore)
He said that he grew up with a focus only on winning, adding that at this point they are losers like every other team in the tournament. (Hockey Sverige)
He said that he was proud of his team, especially for how they killed penalties, but sad after the loss. (Hockey Sverige)
TSN's Bob McKenzie tweeted after the game about Andersson and said:
- 1. It's an emotional game
- 2. They're just kids, living and learning
- 3. Lias is a fantastic kid and a great player
- 4. He could play on my team, if I had one, any time
Andersson tweeted "Thank You Sweden" following the game.
Sweden's coach said that he had no comment on what Andersson did other than to say that he gave everything he had in the tournament and was disappointed. (Hockey Sverige)
Adam Rotter: The action of throwing the medal into the stands is not something I necessarily support, but the overall idea of him only wanting to accept Gold sheds a light onto the type of competitor he is. Since being drafted by the Rangers we have heard about Andersson's hockey IQ and his compete level and, by almost all accounts, those were on display at this tournament. He wanted to win, he played through injury and made an emotional decision that, to him, made sense.
While Henrik Lundqvist hasn't done something like this, we have seen time and time again in playoffs and other big games how much of an emotional toll a loss like this can take. Lundqvist was in this exact position in 2014 when his Swedish team won Silver after losing to Canada in the Final. I'm sure Lundqvist will reach out to Lias in the short term and then spend time with him over the summer, probably be train with him and be a mentor of sorts when the two are teammates next season.