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Alberta Premier Danielle Smith Throws Down Hockey Gauntlet to Florida's Governor


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Sam Jones
June 9, 2024  (8:59)
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Alberta Premier Danielle Smith Throws Down Hockey Gauntlet to Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis
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In an electrifying display of sportsmanship and political camaraderie, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith has officially thrown down the gauntlet.

Challenging Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to a friendly bet on the outcome of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The stakes? A delectable exchange of local spirits—Alberta whiskey against Florida rum—as the Edmonton Oilers face off against the Florida Panthers.
The challenge was aired publicly on Premier Smith's social media, where she playfully taunted.
Our Edmonton Oilers are going to beat the Florida Panthers and when we do, would you send some of your finest Florida rum to Alberta for us to celebrate with?

In a reciprocal jest, she added,
If by some miracle the Panthers win the series, then I will send some fine Alberta-made whiskey down to Florida.

This annual tradition of playful bets is not just for local leaders but often includes mayors, premiers, and even national leaders, where the friendly rivalry serves as a fun way to engage communities and fan bases across regions.
Meanwhile, other Canadian cities are also getting into the spirit of friendly competition. Recently, Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim and Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi also entered into a similar bet when the Oilers clashed with the Canucks in the Western Conference final, underscoring the widespread appeal and community-building aspect of these wagers.
As anticipation builds, all eyes are now on Governor DeSantis, who has yet to respond to Premier Smith's challenge. The political and sporting worlds eagerly await his reply, which could add yet another layer of excitement to the high-stakes playoff series.
This playful exchange underscores a larger narrative of unity and rivalry, perfectly encapsulating the spirit of competition that defines both sports and politics. As the puck drops and the games begin, this wager adds a unique twist to the fervor of the Stanley Cup playoffs, promising bragging rights and fine spirits to the victor.
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Alberta Premier Danielle Smith Throws Down Hockey Gauntlet to Florida's Governor

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