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Sochi Games May Be Last Olympics For NHL Players As Injury, Schedule Concerns Mount
Published February 5, 2014
LAST CALL FOR WOMEN? Canada F Hayley Wickenheiser said that she is “concerned about the future of women’s hockey at the Olympics" and the Sochi tournament will "have to demonstrate that the game has gone beyond a Canada-United States showdown.” The GLOBE & MAIL’s Paul Waldie noted the ’10 Vancouver Games “proved to be something of an embarrassment with Canada beating its opponents 46-2 and the U.S. crushing its opposition 40-2.” That prompted then-IOC President Jacques Rogge “to say that women’s hockey had to become more competitive or its status at the Olympics would be in jeopardy.” Wickenheiser singled out countries like Russia and Japan “as indications the level of competition is getting better.” However, she “acknowledged the Olympic event has become a two-nation contest.” Wickenheiser: "Federations have to show that they are investing in their women’s hockey program. But for me it’s a legitimate Olympic sport” (GLOBEANDMAIL.com, 2/5).