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When a “tie” means a win

A recent message on the website of the McGill University bookstore said it all: the now famous McGill tie was sold out and it might take up to six weeks to fill orders.


The red silk tie (it also comes in blue) has become a hot commodity following its star turn around the neck of Team Canada head coach and McGill alumnus Mike Babcock during the gold-medal Olympic men’s hockey game on Feb. 28. The tie even has its own Facebook page.

Lawrence Marzette, manager of the McGill bookstore, told the Toronto Star that “in a good month we might sell two ties.” However, within hours of Team Canada’s stunning overtime win, the shop sold 90 ties at $49.99 apiece.

The “lucky McGill tie” had already gained some attention last year when Mr. Babcock wore it during several key games as he coached the Detroit Red Wings to a Stanley Cup championship. According to McGill, the tie currently enjoys a 6-2 record when Mr. Babcock has worn it while behind the bench.

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