Friday February 18, 2022
Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Friday February 18, 2022
Canada beats rival U.S. to reclaim Olympic women’s hockey supremacy
Canada waited four long years for Olympic women’s hockey redemption.
In 2019, it failed to even reach the final of the world championship. That’s when the countdown began — literally.
General manager Gina Kingsbury gave each team member a clock displaying the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the 2022 Olympics.
Now, after the clocks hit zero, there’s Olympic gold medals around Canadian necks once more after beating the U.S. 3-2 on Thursday in Beijing to claim their first title since 2014.
Captain Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice — including her third career Olympic game-winning goal — while Sarah Nurse’s goal and assist pushed her past Canadian great Hayley Wickenheiser for most points in a single tournament with 18.
It was quite the journey even since the clocks were distributed. Canada won its first worlds since 2010 in August. Last October, it centralized with a group of 29 players in Calgary to prepare for six months for the Beijing Olympics. In January, that centralization became a bubble following a COVID-19 breakout.