So the odds even out for Kristian Huselius: Forced to play under the iron fist of Mike Keenan in Calgary all season, and then breaking the bank at the horse track. On Saturday, Huselius won something called the V75, which sounds like a nerve gas a Bond villain might utilize in a world domination plot but is actually a wagering challenge in his native Sweden. On a $300 bet, he selected five winners out of seven races at a track in Gothenburg; a feat which earned him six million Swedish kronor, which is about $1 million Canadian, which would make him the richest man in the U.S. based on the current strength of the American dollar. From the Calgary Herald:
Huselius is no stranger to harness racing; he owns horses in Sweden and follows the industry closely. "I just do it once in a while," said Huselius of the wager. "I don't know (what his previous biggest payout was); it wasn't that big, I can tell you that."
Huselius has no plans for the windfall. He's focusing on hockey. "I'm not thinking about it at all," he said. "We're in the middle of this playoff series, so I'm just focusing on that. It was fun, obviously, but I'm just trying to focus on hockey."
Rick Tocchet laughs at your legalized wagering! Huselius isn't the only NHL player with connections to the thrilling world of Swedish horse racing: Peter Forsberg was involved in litigation against a track he claimed caused an accident that forced one of his horses to be put down. The track counter-claims that, based on the player who owned the horse, it's possible the animal was just taking a dive. (Jokes, people ... just jokes.) At this point we'd normally make some horse-racing quip about the Flames being long-shots; instead, we'll acknowledge that, more than anything, the San Jose Sharks are in serious need of some lasix.