October 22, 2018

Some Canadians simply uninterested in Olympic hockey

10 February 2018, 01:56 | Pamela Mathis

Jordan Greenway

Jordan Greenway

"She just thinks the game so well she is able to put things right, right away".

"The level of play was elsewhere than Nova Scotia at the time".

While I tend to want to lay all the blame at the feet of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, he is not alone in wearing the blame on this. "But I knew if I was going to accomplish this dream, I would have to do that elsewhere".

"We have some athletes on this Canadian team who watched the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and were good junior athletes at the time". The 37-year-old from MacTier, Ont., also spent two season in Germany, one in Sweden and six in the North American minors. But he admits the women's hockey team that won gold in 1998 has been the catalyst to all his success here in Madison.

"Looking back now, those tough times were well worth it". Or maybe another goaltender will pull off what Latvia's Kristers Gudlevskis nearly did when making 55 saves to give Canada a scare in the quarterfinals in Sochi.

"I don't mind being emotional because I hate losing, it's always going to make me emotional, that will never change".

That was December 22 in Calgary. In 2014, U.S. led the gold-medal game 2-0 over Canada 2-0.

Not knowing if she'd made the cut or would be packing her bags for home, Saulnier said, "for the first time in my life I was genuinely speechless".

It has been there ever since Christie's schooldays in Livingston, near Edinburgh, when she was called a "skeleton" for her pale features and treated as an outsider because of her passion for an alien sport.

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Schuler, the first former Olympic player to be Canada's head coach, started her coaching career at her alma mater Northeastern before working as an assistant to Miller at the University of Minnesota-Duluth from 2008 to 2016.

"I thought initially it might be an illegal goal", added Renney, now the CEO of Hockey Canada.

Stellarton's Blayre Turnbull, a teammate of Saulnier's on the Inferno, is also on the team.

Bradie Tennell was the surprise victor of the US figure skating championships in January and will make her first Olympic appearance.

Russian Federation and Canada are the odds-on favorites to win gold, so that goal would be to repeat American history. Julia Marino will make her debut in slopestyle and big air, but she is among the best in the world in both disciplines. We live, and die, by how our teams do. "It is very unfortunate for the game, the players and millions of loyal hockey fans". Yes I can appreciate the process taken to achieve victory, the thrill of a nice goal as an example, but ultimately I watch to see who wins, and knowing that ahead of the viewing means hitting my delete button and moving on. "And I think that was one of the biggest things that was weighing down on a lot of us was like, 'Oh my gosh, that was a really unpleasant journey that we just took. She was the first person I saw after I came out of that meeting and the first person I celebrated with".

But perhaps the most awesome note is the announcement that a Korean condom manufacturer, Barunsengkak, had donated 100,000 condoms for use by the athletes at the contests. In 1980, the United States stunned the Soviet Union - then the defending gold medalist - in the famous "Miracle on Ice". There is a lot of great stories, individual stories on this team.

Greenway turns 21 on Tuesday, four days after Team USA's first practice in PyeongChang, South Korea. Those moments of pressure is where we find what we are made of. We all know how sports works.

Asked what fans will see in this team, veteran defenceman Chris Lee replied: "Speed and passion".

"We were on the wrong end of the result, but I still have pretty cool and vivid memories to this day".

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