Loss forgotten in a baby daughter's smile

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:06 PM ET

INNSBRUCK -- Elizabeth Smyth slept well enough here Friday night.

But her dad probably didn't last night.

Ryan Smyth hadn't seen his five-week old daughter since he went to the final day of Team Canada's training camp in Calgary three weeks ago.

Wife Stacey, daughter Isabella and the newborn arrived Friday.

"It was tough,'' he said of being away from them. "Isabella was born at seven pounds, four ounces. She's nine pounds seven ounces now,'' he said of the baby, who had several minutes of videoboard time wearing a tiny Team Canada outfit along with sister and mom.

"It's just great having them here. I'm really happy despite the loss,'' he said of the 5-4 defeat to Sweden. "It gives me a real comfort level. Hockey Canada has been great about this.

''They've always been great at making us feel at ease.''

And just in case Elizabeth keeps mom up all night, dad says, "I have two rooms.''

Smyth said he wanted to give his daughter a win, but he said, "we let up in the second period. Defensively that wasn't the best I've ever seen.''

"I thought we dominated the first period. But we have to play the full 60 minutes to win against a team like that, and we didn't. There were some lessons to learn from that game. But we didn't go into the tournament thinking we were going to win every time.''

Elizabeth Smyth is 0-1 wearing a Team Canada jersey and Martin Brodeur is 0-1 as a 33-year-old. It was Brodeur's birthday Friday.


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