Two of the world’s most powerful men are getting in on the action as the upstart Montreal Canadiens try to end Canada’s 28-year Stanley Cup drought by dethroning the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL championships, which begin Monday.
Just hours before game one of the best-of-seven final, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposed a wager to US President Joe Biden on who would win hockey’s most famous trophy.
“Right now, two of the top teams in the NHL are battling it out… @POTUS, how about a friendly wager?” Trudeau stated the following. “You’re on, pal,” Biden said simply. #GoBolts”
Neither leader indicated how much they were ready to risk, but the chances are now in Biden’s favour: the “Bolts” of Tampa Bay thrashed the Canadiens 5-1 in game one on Monday night.
Trudeau has been a lifetime supporter of the Montreal Canadiens, his hometown team.
The US President is also a hockey fan, stating in 2010 to media that he “fervently” supports the Philadelphia Flyers of his native state of Pennsylvania.