Kawasaki predicts Canada will win gold medal

Kawasaki predicts Canada will win gold medal

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Munenori Kawasaki has a bold prediction for Sunday morning's gold-medal hockey game between Canada and Sweden at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Kawasaki doesn't know all that much about hockey, but he has been watching some of the tournament on televisions in the clubhouse in order to gain a better understanding of the sport.

The Japan native knows exactly what the Canadian fans want to hear and he wasn't shy about letting a group of reporters know about who he thinks will come out on top.

"Canada will win ... because I love Canada and my son is a Canuck," Kawasaki said.

The wife of the Blue Jays infielder gave birth to their first son during last year's regular season. He went on a brief maternity leave last August so he could return to Toronto while his teammates were in New York.

But back to that hockey game, Kawasaki also had a score he wanted to share with everyone.

"Canada wins," Kawasaki said. "Score? I think 2-1 Canada wins. Perfect. Sounds good. Let's go Canada. O Canada. Let's go Canucks."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.