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Canadian hockey vet shut out of big game

Posted on: February 28, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2010 3:12 pm
By Ina Fried

Gordon Robertson won a gold medal in the 1952 Olympics but even he didn't land a ticket for today's big game.

It's now about two hours until game time and all of Vancouver is staking out their place to watch the gold medal hockey game.

While lots of people think they deserve tickets, Gordon Robertson has a pretty good case. He was part of the 1952 Canadian gold medal-winning team.

The 83-year old was popular outside Canada Hockey Place where hockey fans took pictures with him and rubbed his gold medal for good luck. But he didn't have a ticket for the big game.

"I wish they had invited our team, Robertson said. "I'm not mad, just disappointed."

Robertson's team went undefeated in 1952, though they did tie the Americans. Robertson noted it was a lot like the first US-Canada game in Vancouver.

They outshot the American team by a two-to-one margin but the U.S. had a hot goalie.

"That's me as a young guy," Robertson said, pointing to a picture of himself in a 1952 team photo.

I don't have a ticket to Canada Hockey Place either, so I'll be watching the game from Molson Canadian Hockey House -- the same spot where I watched the first US-Canada hockey game.
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Most of the folks hanging outside Canada Hockey Place were either selling stuff-flags, unofficial T-shirts, etc. or looking to buy tickets. I did hear one guy offering to sell a pair of tickets for $2,800 Canadian.

Ina Fried is a Senior Writer for CNET News. She will be in Vancouver covering various angles for both and her CNET Blog " Beyond B1nary ". You can also follow her on twitter at:

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