Ten years after the incident, she became part of Canada’s first national team before the 1990 World Championships.
Canada won the gold medal in 2014, defeating Sweden in the finals. Desjardins isn’t concerned about that.
PyeongChang has so far been a “very cool place, with a really fun atmosphere”, she says.
But the disappointment of not catching on in the NHL opened the door for a different dream – earning a spot on the US men’s hockey team in time to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes are veteran curlers who own Olympic gold medals, and they will be representing the Maple Leaf at the Games.
“We’re here to leave everything out on the ice and play with our hearts”. They’re going to have the team that steps on the ice with the most talented players. “We know we’re diverse as a country, but our team was very diverse”.
“The work we put into this is what prepares us for those big moments”. 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.
“This is an event for the players”, he said.
“For whatever reason I couldn’t get it in Ottawa when they had (Daniel) Alfredsson there”, he added, tongue in cheek.
USA defenceman Kacey Bellamy, who will be playing in her third Olympics, said the team has to drop a recent tendency to force another pass rather than just shoot.
In Canada the two medals at the Winter Olympics most coveted by sports fans are those handed out in hockey. “That takes time for those guys to develop that as players, and I think he’s shown that consistency”.
“On the men’s side, I think we are nearly giving this team – led by former Vancouver Canuck Willie Desjardins and with several former Canucks playing – an unfair shake”. A lot of guys that were there are on the (Olympic) team and have a good understanding of each other.
Kent Simpson, left, will provide colour commentary for the BBC’s Olympic hockey coverage. From the women’s perspective, let’s be straightforward – the US and Canada are the best two teams. After all, he is, as Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey, said on a conference call last week, “first and foremost, one heck of a hockey player”. Sweden has the same odds as Canada, followed by Finland and the Czech Republic.
“… I think I’m just anxious about this tournament right now, how I’m going to try and help my team win a gold medal, that’s all I have to worry about”.
After growing up in Clinton, Dalton ended up in the USA for junior and college hockey.
“I don’t think a lot of African-Americans play hockey at a high level”, said Greenway.
“I think a lot of kids saw him do it in the world juniors past year”, Kelleher said. John McCarthy played in 88 career National Hockey League games, and Jim Slater totaled 138 points in his 10-year career. The U.S. and Canada built rosters with the bigger ice in mind, prioritizing skating and mobility and playing a more European style.
If nothing else, Dalton hopes stories like his – and that of fellow Ontarian Brock Radunske, a New Hamburg native considered one of the stars of the South Korean team – could help grow the game in South Korea while reminding Canadians that there’s more to hockey than the NHL. Arguably, Team USA would have been the favorites to come out of this group, with only Russian Federation posing a real challenge. “This is a different team than everyone saw four years ago”, she said.
“I ended up playing with the Toronto Arrows but I had to play with girls that were three and four years older”. “They have a bunch of ex-NHL players with Kovalchuk and Datsyuk”.