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I was lucky enough to be in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics. Canada leads 2 1 with under a minute left in the 3rd. You can almost taste it. And then Zach Parise buries the tying goal from in front. I now taste something a lot less appetizing. The American fans are going bananas around me, and I’m trying to figure out how I can watch overtime through my Hudson Bay Olympic mitts.
Thankfully, we all know how this story ends. Sidney Crosby scores what will be forever known as the ‘Golden Goal.’ I don’t think there’s any other goal I can picture more clearly. Maybe because it was Jarome Iginla who fed it to him, and being from Calgary I had a soft spot for Iggy. Maybe because it took everyone a second to digest that he’d scored in the first place,
including Chris Cuthbert who’s call is ingrained in my brain. Or maybe it was because Sid the Kid, our country’s iconic superstar was the one to get the job done against our greatest rival.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say it sucks that we won’t get to cheer on Crosby in Pyeongchang next month. But now there’s an opportunity for players who’d never get a crack at such an experience to represent their country. And if you’re looking for a reason to get behind some of these names you may be unfamiliar withor just a cool fact you can share at the watercoolerI’ve got a few:
Exactly one year ago today I laid in a hospital bed after having surgery to fix a broken neck. Today I am so proud and excited to have been named to Canada’s Olympic Hockey Team. I look at the picture of me in the hospital and can’t help but cry. Mostly tears of happiness, but I am filled with so many emotions about what I have overcome. I could never have imagined that I would be so lucky one year later. I want to take this moment to thank everyone for all the amazing support along the way. Without my family and friends, I don’t think any of it would be possible. Thank you and I Love you. This amazing group helped me literally get back on my feet and then back on the ice. Absolutely thrilled to be representing Canada and defending Gold in Pyeongchang.