The 2018 World Junior Championships came to a dramatic end on Friday, with Canada scoring the winning goal with under two minutes left in the gold medal game. It was a tough pill to swallow for Sweden, who suffered their first loss of the tournament at the worst possible time.
It was particularly emotional for Sweden’s captain, Lias Andersson, who is a New York Rangers draft pick.
Andersson wanted nothing to do with the silver medal, and he proved it. The 19-year-old centre actually threw his medal into the crowd seconds after receiving it.
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
Talk about a souvenir.
Even better, it turns out this guy – who was wearing two USA jerseys – was a closet Sweden fan.
reddit user u/JiggediJao just uploaded a different angle and it's hilarious. pic.twitter.com/rSSNsg40sC
— Flintor (@TheFlintor) January 6, 2018
Sweden put forth a valiant effort, outshooting Canada 36-28, but came up just short of their first gold medal at this tournament since 2012.