Maxim Shalunov is a draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks (109th overall, 2011) who’s played as high as the KHL with Traktor Chelyabinsk as a 19 year old. Naturally, he cracked Team Russia’s roster for the World Juniors.
He found himself on the bench with his team down 3-2 in the third period of a quarterfinal game versus Switzerland, watching his teammates on the powerplay as the game crept below the 100 seconds-remaining mark. One of those teammates, Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay pick), snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for his squad, and the Russian juniors lost their mind with excitment. TSN got a great shot of it, in which Shalunov is front-and-center.
You can check out the video of that reaction here (0:55 second mark) – in the meantime, here’s a short .GIF.
Couldn’t have cared less.
I have no idea if he was pissed being on the bench in such an important situation, if he’s such a pro he was thinking “our job’s not done,” or if he’s the most stoic human in the world, but that was some sight to behold. I had a bigger reaction from my couch.
(S/t to @TheScottLewis)