Dustin Boyd was waiting to pounce.
And when the time was right, he struck.
When he overheard a conversations between fellow Flames forward Eric Nystrom and a reporter regarding Tuesday’s world juniors final between Canada and the U.S., Boyd was anticipating the words.
Nystrom, an American, originally stated he’s not a gambling man, so he didn’t figure to make any bets over the match.
However, he relented and said, “I’m not a huge gambler, but I might throw down a wager with a couple of guys.”
Boyd immediately jumped in with the words: “How much?”
Nystrom’s reply was dinner, which prompted Boyd to remind him he owes a meal already from a baseball pool.
“All right. We’ll be able to cancel it out after the U.S. wins,” Nystrom replied.
The world junior tournament holds a special place in the hearts of many NHLers, and for good reason. Boyd is one of several Flames to have won gold (Canada, 2006).
Nystrom skated in a pair of tournaments for the U.S., placing fifth in 2002 and fourth in 2003.
Most of them follow the tournament closely when they can, so when it gets down to the final, their interest really piques.
Unfortunately, the Flames won’t be able to follow what happens until they’re finished Tuesday’s game against the Predators in Nashville.
“Yeah, it’s too bad we can’t watch it, but it’s going to be a big game,” Boyd said.
Nystrom wrote a note of support for the American team and asked the Flames staff to fax it before heading out of Calgary.
Tuesday will tell whether he owes another dinner to Boyd or if he won a double-or-nothing bet.
“Oh, it’s bigger to be able to needle him (if Canada wins),” Boyd said. “We go for dinner all the time, so that really doesn’t matter.”