Not­ley, Ceci NHL play­off wa­ger heats up

New Democrats lay out the terms of their friendly bet

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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.

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