Doan deal for Canada

TODD SAELHOF -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:33 PM ET

Gold panned out for Canuck captain Shane Doan and Team Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championship, filling Calgarians with a familiar sense of pride yesterday.

Team Canada went unbeaten in the tournament held in Russia, capturing first after a 4-2 win over Finland in the final game.

Doan's captaincy was called into question by some federal politicians early in the tournament, and while Doan admitted the win was extra sweet, he said it probably won't change too many minds in Ottawa on the controversy.

"People are going to think what they think," said the 29-year-old native of Halkirk, Alta.

"It means a lot to win it, for sure, especially given what happened.

"But I know people will believe what they want to. Hopefully, they've gotten to know what kind of guy I really am."

The controversy surrounded an alleged slur Doan made against francophones during a game in December 2005 -- an incident he maintains never happened.

"Initially, it wasn't very much fun. That's when you're thankful for your family and you're thankful for the support you have," said Doan.

Team Canada's win scored big with Calgary puck fans such as Mike Lefebre.

"You always put Canada first in hockey because I think we care about it more," Lefebre said from his post at Riverbend Station Neighbourhood Pub moments after the Canucks won the gold-medal game.

And there was no argument from fellow-fan Eddie Nye, who was impressed by Flame Matthew Lombardi.

"Go, Lombo, go, and go, Canada, go," said Nye as he counted down the final seconds of the deciding tilt at Beckham's Pub & Eatery.

Amber Phaneuf, mom of Calgary Flame Dion Phaneuf, said she couldn't be prouder of her son.

"It was a nice Mother's Day present," said Phaneuf.


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