Notley, Ceci NHL playoff wager heats up
New Democrats lay out the terms of their friendly bet
A friendly NHL playoff wager between Premier Rachel Notley and finance minister Joe Ceci over the Battle of Alberta may be the most divisive rift Alberta’s NDP caucus is likely to see.
Ceci laid out the terms for a bet that would see the winner enjoying a few cold ones from an Alberta craft brewery, while the loser wears the opposing team’s jersey to the legislature.
The Flames flag was raised in Calgary by Ceci, while Notley raised the Oilers flag in Edmonton. Both flags will fly until one of the teams is eliminated and the loser of the bet is declared.
Ceci said he’s excited just to see the Flames and Oilers compete in the playoffs together for the first time in a long time. But he’s even more excited about the prospect of a Flames win.
“It’ll be even sweeter to watch the premier get me some cold Alberta beers while wearing a Flames jersey in the legislature.”
Ceci said that despite the rivalry between the two Alberta teams, there is a lot that unites Flames and Oilers fans too, especially “a temporary, yet deep, deep loathing for all things Californian,” as the two teams face off against the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks this week.