One of those players turned out to be a 67-year-old Canadian man from Toronto.
At some point during the selection process, Vancouver Canucks player Ryan Kesler changed his phone number. As a result, the elderly Canadian got a text message that was intended for the 29-year-old forward.
Before announcing the roster for the Olympic Team, USA Hockey sent text messages to players in the mix saying they would be contacted...— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) January 1, 2014
...but Ryan Kesler had changed his #. The guy who has it now said "I'm a 67 year old Canadian in Vancouver, I'd be happy to play for you."— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) January 1, 2014
And he added: "I think Canada would be even happier if I played for you." The USA Hockey guys had a good laugh.— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) January 1, 2014
After the team was announced during the Winter Classic on Wednesday, Kesler did end up getting the message.
“Obviously I’m excited, honored,” Kesler said. “It’s going to be a special experience for me. I’m looking forward to it.”