2000 Canadian Sport Awards
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National Women's Ice Hockey Team
Nominated by the Canadian Hockey AssociationThe tradition continues, and what a tradition it is! Canada's National Women's Ice Hockey Team has won gold at every world championship since the tournament began in Ottawa in 1990. After five world championships, the team's record stands at a remarkable 25-0-0.
Rebounding from their disappointment at winning the Olympic silver medal in 1998, the players poured their hearts into regaining their No. 1 status. They began by knocking off their archrivals, the United States, and a strong Finnish team to win the Three Nations Cup en route to a singularly sweet victory at the 1999 world championships in Finland. Canada's domination of the tournament was complete, with only two goals allowed in five games.
As veteran Danielle Goyette, who scored the wining goal, said after the tournament, "I wouldn't trade my four world championship golds for my Olympic silver medal. The golds represent hockey consistency for years, not just success over a few months." Forward Vicky Sunohara called the victory "awesome. Oe In the third period, we played like I've never seen us play before."
When the season ended, the team had only to look at its 13-0-1 record and 67 goals scored with only 19 against to realize that they had let the world, and themselves, know they had put Nagano behind them.
Team members were Amanda Benoit of Welland, Ont., Jennifer Botterill of Winnipeg, Therese Brisson of Montréal, Cassie Campbell of Brampton, Ont. Nancy Drolet of Drummondville, Que., Lori Dupuis of Cornwall, Ont., Danielle Goyette of St-Nazaire, Que., Geraldine Heaney of Weston, Ont., Jayna Hefford of Kingston, Ont., Becky Kellar of Hagarsville, Ont., Mai-Lan L' of Montréal, Caroline Ouellette of Montréal, Cheryl Pounder of Mississauga, Ont., Nathalie Rivard of Cumberland, Ont., Sami Jo Small of Winnipeg, Fiona Smith of Edam, Sask., France St-Louis of St-Hubert, Que., Kim St-Pierre of Chateauguay, Que., Vicky Sunohara of Scarborough, Ont., and Hayley Wickenheiser of Shaunavon, Sask.
The inspiring performances of this team are a key factor in the astounding rise of women's hockey in Canada. The players succeed off the ice as well, serving as spokeswomen at numerous charity functions and working hard to encourage grassroots development of the sport they play so well.
Watch for Canada to continue its winning ways when the Team Canada once again takes on the world at the 2000 Women's World in Mississauga, Ont., April 3-9.