We’re all heard about hockey players that have earned “triple gold” – an Olympic gold, a world championships gold and a Stanley Cup.
Guy Carbonneau has the Cups – three of them, won with the Montreal Canadiens and the Dallas stars. But he never won an international gold medal, or a medal of any kind, despite a storied career with 1,318 games in the NHL.
That finally changed this summer, with Carbonneau winning gold in an international hockey tournament. Not as a player, but as a coach, and in what can be called a non-traditional hockey market: Metula, Israel.
Carbonneau coached Canada to gold at the Maccabiah Games, a.k.a. the “Jewish Olympics” held every four years. The Canadians won the four-team field with a 7-1 win over the U.S.
The Maccabiah Games are held every four years in Israel and are open to Jewish and Israeli athletes, promoting competition and the opportunity for participants to further explore Israel and Jewish history. Hockey made its first and most recent appearance at the Maccabiah Games in 1997 but had a comeback in the 2013 Maccabiah Games.
… “Being in Israel, you notice how much the game is growing in non-traditional places. It’s a lot like my time in Dallas, or places like Phoenix or Los Angeles. It’s hot, you’re already sweating on the way to practice, but hockey is still being played there,” Carbonneau remarked.
Carbonneau, who said he’s love to coach again in the NHL, took over the Canadian bench at the Jewish Olympics after Mike Keenan left to take a head coaching job in the Russia. Please join us next week for another edition of “Sentences About NHL Coaches We Never Thought We’d Write” …
Head here for more in the U.S. team, which was coached by NHL Network analyst Billy Jaffe.