March 4th, 2020 ~ Vol. 90 No. 9
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Simply Selles by David Selles
 
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
Last week Friday, February 28, 2020, was the 10-year anniversary of one of the biggest sporting moments in this country’s history.

The Vancouver Olympics were coming to a close as Team Canada was preparing to face their archrivals Team USA for gold in Men’s Hockey.

Team Canada had already lost to the Americans 5-3 earlier in the tournament and were looking to exact their revenge in the biggest hockey game of their lives.

From the moment Jonathan Toews won the opening faceoff to the magical moment of Sidney Crosby’s Golden Goal, everyone was fixated on Vancouver.

The game started fairly evenly with both teams having a couple quality scoring chances.

Then at the 12:50 mark of the first period, after a turnover in the States zone, Jonathan Toews fired a quick shot off a rebound past American goalie Ryan Miller and put Canada in the lead.

Canada would take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

Canada started the second period strong as well and had a few good chances early on.

Canada was able to stretch it’s lead at the 12:47 mark of the second period when a pass from Ryan Getzlaf meant for Patrick Marleau was deflected and sat right in the slot for Corey Perry to put home.

Canada was well on their way to a gold medal on home soil but the Americans wouldn’t go away.

Ryan Kesler scored for the Americans and made it 2-1 after the second period.
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Then the third period happened.

Canada had done a solid job of preventing a tying goal all period.

They could taste the gold medal but then the unthinkable happened.

With just 24.4 seconds left on the clock, Zach Parise slid the puck past Roberto Luongo to make it 2-2 and force overtime.

Everyone was stunned and Canada had to regroup and refocus to try get the gold.

Overtime began and you could sense a nervous feeling about the game.
Fans were nervous and some of the players showed nerves as well but then Canada got their moment.

Sidney Crosby carried the puck in over the line and had it checked away into the corner.

He went to retrieve the puck but it got trapped in the referee’s feet so his only option was to poke the puck down the boards to Jarome Iginla.

Then came the shout heard around the world.

“Iggy!” yelled Crosby, who received a quick pass and shot it past an unsuspecting Miller to give Canada the gold medal.

Chris Cuthbert was the commentator for the game and reacted with the same energy that every Canadian was feeling at that point.

“Crosby scores!! Sidney Crosby!! The Golden Goal!!! And Canada has once in a lifetime Olympic gold!!!”

That last sentence by Cuthbert rang true for more than just the Men’s gold in Ice Hockey.

The entire Olympics were truly once in a lifetime.
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They brought the country together and changed the way Canadians though of themselves and were thought of by other nations.

From Alex Bilodeau’s gold medal celebration with his brother and Maëlle Ricker’s gold in women’s snowboard cross; to Christine Nesbitt’s golden performance in the women’s 1000m speed skating and John Montgomery’s golden walk through Whistler with a pitcher of beer; to Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue’s dazzling ice dance performance and Ashley McIvor’s golden ski cross victory; to Kaillee Humphries and Heather Moise sliding their way atop the podium and Canada’s women’s hockey team shutting out the Americans to capture gold; to Charles Hamlin battling his way to gold in the men’s 500m short track speed skating and Olivier Jean, François-Louis Tremblay, Guillaume Bastille and Charles Hamlin’s performance in the men’s 5000m short track speed skating; to Mathieu Giroux, Lucas Makowsky and Denny Morrison skating their way to gold in the Men’s Team Pursuit speed skating competition and Jasey-Jay Anderson’s golden race down a cloudy and cold mountain to capture gold in men’s snowboard parallel giant slalom; to Adam Enright, Ben Hebert, Marc Kennedy, John Morris and Kevin Martin’s dominating performance on the curling sheets and of course Crosby’s golden goal, all 14 of those gold medals brought a nation together like nothing else could. For those 17 days in 2010, we united.

Those 17 days in Vancouver will be passed down for generations to come because those 17 days showed us and the world what Canada is all about.
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