Acadian flag-bearer at Olympics identified

An Acadian hockey fan from Dieppe, N.B., has attracted attention from across the country after last Sunday's gold medal men's final.

An Acadian hockey fan from Dieppe, N.B., has attracted attention from across the country after last Sunday's gold medal men's final.

Two different groups of Acadians started searching for the man who was captured on television waving the Acadian flag during the game.

Michele Pothier was watching from Victoria, B.C., when she saw the familiar red, white, and blue flag with the yellow star undulating above the gold medal match spectators.

"I went, 'Oh my God, look, someone's waving the Acadian flag.' "

Pothier, who is originally from Nova Scotia, was instantly curious.

"Who would go to a gold medal game in Vancouver with an Acadian flag on them? It was just random, fun stuff," she said.

So Pothier put together an anglophone Facebook page — "Who was waving the Acadian flag at the Canada vs. USA Olympic game?" — calling on people to identify the flag bearer.

A similar French site was created by others — Qui étais l'Acadien avec notre drapeau?

In total, about 400 people were looking for the flag-bearer online.

Family, friends proud

Meanwhile, the man who had been waving the flag, Bobby Léger, had no idea he was getting so much attention until Monday, when word got out that it was him.

Joël Viger proudly announced on the French site that it was his "bon chum" Léger. "You're the man, Bob!" he wrote.

Lissa Léger also posted a comment. "Proud to say it's my brother and my dad! Way to go, guys! I guess it took a gold medal game for someone to notice our flag at the Olympic Games! Go Canada Go."

Bobby Léger said he used a fishing rod as a flagpole. "When we got in we scrambled to get the whole fishing rod together and taped the Acadian flag on it, and there we went," he said.

"Every time that we got an opportunity to wave the flag, we did, because I just wanted to prove to all of my buddies that I was actually at the game."

Afterward, dozens of people came up asking about the flag, said Léger.

"We were just walking down the streets and [people shouted] 'Hey, an Acadian here.' Overall it was pretty neat."

Léger said nations around the world wanted to fly their colours at the Olympics, and he's glad L'Acadie wasn't left out.