If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be on the bench in the closing minutes or on the ice for one of those classic championship celebrations, wonder no more. U.S. National Junior Team emergency backup goaltender Garret Sparks brought his camera along for his ride during the gold-medal game, from his spot in the press box to the bench for the empty-net goal to the ice for the final pile up.
It’s that first-hand account you don’t normally get, so let the Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick take you along for the ride.
Among the highlights of the video…
— Sparks is rolling just after Rocco Grimaldi’s first goal, catching the replay on the video screen then turning the camera on himself as he accurately states “That was the momentum changer.”
— Then his view from next to the bench as Vincent Trocheck scored the game-sealing empty-net goal.
— Inside the pile, he catches a few nice moments as well, including an embrace between former NTDP teammates and a pair of Team USA’s most valuable players, Jake McCabe and John Gibson.
It’s a pretty cool little look inside one of the great moments in sports.
Also, after 2010, one of the most popular videos coming out of the gold-medal win was the “Oh, Mama Don’t You Cry” chant. It was originated by Kirk Culik, assistant strength and conditioning coach at the National Team Development Program. It was a chant for the teams to sing after wins.
This year, Jacob Trouba led Team USA in the victorious chant.