Prime Minister Lucky Hockey Mascot For A Day - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Prime Minister Lucky Hockey Mascot For A Day

Published March 10, 2014

Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson found time in his busy schedule to attend a hockey game in Canada, where he appeared on the big screen in an Oilers uniform.

Despite the ongoing crisis in the Crimea, a heated debate in the Icelandic parliament over the European Union, and the dropping support of the Progressive Party, Vísir reports that the Prime Minister was able to find the time to take Icelandair’s maiden flight to Edmonton, Canada.

There, the Edmonton Oilers were playing against the New York Islanders. At the third and final portion of the game, with the score at 0-2, the unexpected happened. Suddenly, the Prime Minister and his wife, Anna Sigurlaug Pálsdóttir, appeared on the massive television which hangs over the rink, the both of them clad in Edmonton Oilers’ uniforms. An announcer thoughtfully introduced the couple to the crowd.

Shortly thereafter, the game was turned around, and the Oilers ended up winning, 3-2. Canadians that Vísir spoke to were reportedly “unanimous” in their conclusion that Sigmundur Davíð’s appearance acted as a kind of portent of good fortune for the team.


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