Misunderstood Visentin was allowed only 30 minutes in net before getting the comically oversized Vaudeville hook in the second period against a team playing to win a tin of pickled goldfish.
Realistically who could expect Visentin to stop pucks behind a defense that was excused from school so that they could hit people smaller than themselves and repair farm equipment?
That Visentin made any saves at all while the scrappy Canadians began pulling on their bootstraps against a Swedish team described as one of the best two Scandanavian teams in the tournament speaks to his mental toughness and ability to ignore the constantly flashing red lights behind his net.
Mark Visentin doesn’t worry about any of that because Mark Visentin is a gamer. He’s a kid who deserves the full support of the Sleeping Giant and he’s going to have it.
On this Christmas Eve while thanking our white Christian God for the gift of being born into an upper middle class family and giving us professional wrestling maybe throw a third “big up” to Canada’s Mark Visentin.