Troy Stecher puts golden exclamation mark on year of struggles, sorrow

Canada's Troy Stecher speaks to a referee during a game June 1. He set up the overtime winner against Russia on Thursday.

Troy Stecher could have easily said: “Thanks, but no thanks.”

However, when Team Canada general manager Roberto Luongo offered the former Vancouver Canucks defenceman a roster spot for the 2021 world championship tournament in Riga, Latvia, he didn’t think twice about representing his country and helping it rally to capture gold.

And in a year where the Richmond native was rocked by the sudden death of his father, Peter, endured the disappointment of not being retained by his hometown club and then slogged through a COVID-challenging and difficult season with the struggling Detroit Red Wings, he wasn’t going into hiding.

That’s not Stecher. Never was and never will be.

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