2000 Canadian Sport Awards
ALSO ON SLAM!
For nearly 10 years, Canada's national women's hockey team had ruled their sport. At some point they were inevitably going to not finish first in a tournament. It happened at the Olympics. Don't you just hate it when it turns out that way.
It was clear heading into the Games that the Americans and Canadians were just about equal in calibre. The two teams had faced each other several times before Nagano with Canada winning seven of 13 games. So after a relatively easy round robin for both teams at the Olympics it all came down to a one game showdown for the gold. The U.S. defeated the four-time world champion Canadians 3-1.
Still there is plenty to look forward too. Canada can gain some revenge on the Americans at the 1999 world championships in Finland. However there'd be nothing sweeter than to win the gold on the Americans home soil in 2002. If that happens, Nagano's wounds will be fully healed. Team members in Nagano were Jennifer Botterill, Winnipeg; Therese Brisson, Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Que.; Cassie Campbell, Brampton, Ont.; Judy Diduck, Sherwood Park, Alta.; Nancy Drolet, Drummondville, Que.; Lori Dupuis, Williamstown, Ont.; Danielle Goyette, St-Nazaire, Que.; Jayna Hefford, Kingston, Ont.; Geraldine Heaney, Weston, Ont.; Becky Kellar, Hagersville, Ont.; Kathy McCormack, Fredericton; Karen Nystrom, Toronto; Lesley Reddon, Mississauga, Ont.; Manon Rheaume, Charlesbourg, Que.; France St. Louis, Montreal; Laura Schuler, Toronto; Fiona Smith, Edmonton; Vicky Sunohara, Toronto.; Hayley Wickenheiser, Shaunavon, Sask.; Stacy Wilson, Salisbury, N.B.