RPI’s Jerry D’Amigo – American Hero

Congratulations to RPI’s Jerry D’Amigo and the rest of the Team USA World Junior Championship team for winning the gold medal over Canada in an overtime thriller 6-5.  Without Jerry D’Amigo, Team USA ends up as cannon fodder for Canada and Sweden.  D’Amigo scored two goals against Sweden in the semi-finals and added another goal and an assist against Canada in the finals.

Despite D’Amigo being one of the top performers in the tournament and, dare I say it, clutch as hell, he was not named to the All Tournament Team.  Somehow just as many Americans were named to the All Tournament Team as there were fourth place Swiss (two).  I wonder what the third place Swedes think of this development.

When Jerry returns to Houston Field House in Troy, you’d better believe the USA chant is going to be loud and fantastic.  Hopefully the Canadians on the team don’t have too much of a problem with this.

For what it’s worth, D’Amigo (and Wisconsin’s Derek Stepan as well as Caps prospect and game-winning goal scorer John Carlson) were jobbed out of the MVP award by Canada’s Jordan Eberle.  At least he can take solace in a nice individual effort.

The win marks the United States first win in the World Junior Championships since 2004.  Canada had won five straight gold medals in the tournament going into tonight.  And for all of you looking for a sweet boost of American pride… Look no further than this video taken from the American locker room after the victory.  Watch this and then tell me you wouldn’t go sprinting into battle.  I dare you.

8 thoughts on “RPI’s Jerry D’Amigo – American Hero

  1. fetch9

    USA! USA! USA!

    As far as the all tourney team goes, you forgot about the “Fuck you America” corollary

  2. Jamie Favreau

    The Twitter Canadian folks did not care much for the battle cry. But they were in the locker room and they didn’t do it out in public. So for what it’s worth. I thought it was funny and fun!

  3. jen

    Well, Eberle WAS awesome. Definitely the most dangerous player for Canada in their games agasinst the US (and not that sally Taylor Hall ;) ). D’Amigo had some HUGE goals – he was great with Stepan.

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  5. Brian

    I agree with Jamie. They did it in the locker room, so there’s nothing wrong with it. I think it was great to see and I hope what the NHL Network guys said turns out to be true, that this team inspires a bunch of young American kids to want to be hockey players. These guys were great and our country should be proud that we’re now producing talent that can compete with the best the world has to offer.

    Also, from what I saw on the replays, did anyone catch that Carlson’s game-winner was a no-look shot? He froze the goalie by looking pass the entire time, including as he released it.

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  7. goon

    I think it’s funny that the Canadians are upset because the USA sang that song in the locker room , I guess it’s more appropriate and classy to boo your opponents all of the time instead, every game all tourney. You’re right Jerry D’Amigo is awesome.

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