As Team USA tries to win a bronze medal today against Latvia at the World Championships, here’s an inside look at Flyers’ top prospect Cutter Gauthier.
In an interview conducted by Team USA’s communications team, Gauthier was asked a bunch of “This or That” questions. We published a similar interview of Flyers defenseman Ronnie Attard last week.
Gauthier is one of the tournament’s breakout stars. The 19-year-old has seven goals and two assists in nine games. Gauthier and the Americans lost in the semifinals to Germany, 4-3, in overtime Saturday. In the gold medal game today at 1 p.m. (Philadelphia time), Scott Laughton and Canada will play Germany. Team USA’s bronze-medal game begins at 8 a.m. today (Philadelphia time). Both games are on NHL Network.
Gauthier, who will be a sophomore at Boston College in the fall, was asked his preference of the following:
Beach or Mountain? — Mountain
iPhone or Droid? — iPhone
Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? — Breakfast
Wrist Shot or Slap Shot? — Slap shot
Golf, Tennis or Pickleball? — Golf
Country, Rock, Rap or Reggae? — Country
Early Riser or Night Owl? — Early Riser
Bubble or Cage (helmet)? — Bubble
Sports car, Truck, Van or Motorcycle? — Truck
Pineapple or No Pineapple? — No pineapple
Watch College Sports Or Pro Sports? — College
LeBron or Michael Jordan? — MJ
Ted Lasso, The Office or Game of Thrones? — Game of Thrones
Chicago, New York, or L.A.? — New York
NFL, NBA or MLB? — NFL
Burrito or Bowl? — Bowl
Mighty Ducks I, II or III? — Haven’t seen any of them
Olympic Gold Or Stanley Cup Title? — Olympic gold
Thin Crust Or Deep Dish? — Thin crust
Some might quibble with Gauthier saying country music is his favorite, but that’s cool, too. We like that Gauthier went old-school with Michael Jordan over LeBron James. Bowl over burrito is a solid choice.
And, thin crust pizza always.
Gauthier picked an Olympic gold medal over a Stanley Cup championship. Interesting but not surprising. He’s 19 years old with a bunch of international experience already. Picking the Olympic gold makes perfect sense.
After a few years in the NHL, his viewpoint might change.
Flyers, In Case You Missed It:
General manager Daniel Briere says he’s open to trading goalie Carter Hart.
Scott Laughton scores a goal and an assist as Canada advances to gold medal game.
Former Flyers draft pick helps Germany eliminate Team USA in semifinals.
Flyers shouldn’t sign Canadiens’ Cole Caufield to offer sheet.
Around The National Hockey Network:
Florida Hockey Now: Panthers star Matthew Tkachuk joins TNT crew covering Game 6 between Miami Heat and Boston Celtics.
Chicago Hockey Now: What Connor Bedard will bring the Blackhawks — work ethic, a love for hockey and probably enormous statistics.
Detroit Hockey Now: Today’s gold-medal game matches Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider for Germany and Canada assistant general manager Steve Yzerman, who drafted him in Detroit.
Washington Hockey Now: Where the Capitals’ coaching search stands.
Buffalo Hockey Now: Sabres sign defenseman Ryan Johnson, their No. 1 pick in 2019.
Next Playoff Game:
Game 6: Golden Knights at Stars, 8 p.m., Monday, ESPN, ESPN+. Golden Knights lead series, 3-2.