CANADA vs. SWEDEN – Women’s Hockey
It’s already into the semifinals, but Canada’s Women’s Olympic Team still has top spot in Group A to play for as it faces Sweden in the preliminary round finale at UBC Thunderbird Arena, and on the big screens at MCHH. Both teams enter Wednesday’s game at 2-0, and the winner will likely avoid the United States in the semifinals. The teams last met on Olympic ice in the 2006 gold medal game in Turin, Italy, a game won 4-1 by the Canadians to claim their second-consecutive Olympic gold.
SWEDEN vs. GERMANY – Men’s Hockey
The defending Olympic gold medalists make their Vancouver debut, led by the dynamic duo of Henrik and Daniel Sedin and Canada’s Olympic anti-hero, Peter Forsberg (remember his ‘Stamp’ goal in the 1994 gold medal game shootout?) Canada, Russia and the United States all opened with victories on Tuesday over lower-ranked opponents, can the Swedes join the other gold medal hopefuls in the win column, or can the Germans, the lowest-ranked team in Vancouver, pull off an Olympic-sized shocker?
It will be another golden moment for Canada on Wednesday night as B.C.’s own Maëlle Ricker receives the gold medal she earned Tuesday afternoon in the Women’s Snowboard Cross at Cypress Mountain, the second gold medal for the host nation. Will there be other reasons for Canadians to cheer, from the ice at the Richmond Olympic Oval and Pacific Coliseum or the slopes of Whistler?
CENTRE ICE WITH CHRISTINE SIMPSON
Veteran broadcaster and hockey geek extraordinaire Christine Simpson sits down for intimate, 1-on-1 interviews with all the hockey greats who will be visiting Vancouver for the Games, plus surprise guests and celebrities. You never know who's going to show up at Centre Ice!
Colin James has juggled his skills as a singer, guitarist and big-band leader so well over the years that diversity seems almost synonymous with his stellar career. He’s also been a restless voyager, traversing genres—from blues and rock to pop and swing and back again. Throughout it all, James has always forged ahead, without regard to fads or trends, going wherever his wandering muse takes him. He is a 14-time Juno Award nominee and a six-time winner, including a pair of Male Vocalist of the Year awards (1991, 1996).
TEAM CANADA ALUMNI
Throughout the Games, various Team Canada alumni will be making appearances at Molson Canadian Hockey House. Here’s who is going to be on hand today:
One of the greatest goaltenders of his generation, Fuhr was a part of all five Stanley Cup championships won by the Edmonton Oilers during their dynasty during the 1980s, and earned a Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender in 1988. He was a three-time member of Team Canada, winning the 19 Canada Cups and taking silver at the 1989 IIHF World Championship. Fuhr was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.
A four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montreal Canadiens, ‘Little M’ wore the red and white of Team Canada just twice, but they were two memorable moments. Mahovlich was part of the original Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series, scoring a shorthanded goal in Game 2 that is still talked about today, and helped Canada win the inaugural Canada Cup in 1976.
Known almost as much for his mustache as his playing career, McDonald went out of the game on top, scoring his final goal in his final game at the Montreal Forum in Game 6 of the 1989 Stanley Cup Final, leading the Calgary Flames to their lone Cup title. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992, McDonald won the 1976 Canada Cup with Team Canada and also wore the red and white at the 1981 IIHF World Championship in Sweden.
A 2009 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Robitaille is best remembered for his years in southern California as a member of the Los Angeles Kings, although he won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Detroit Red Wings in 2002. His crowning achievement on the international stage came in 1994, when he captained Canada to gold at the IIHF World Championship, the country’s first world title in 33 years. He also won the 1991 Canada Cup, and earned silver at the 1986 IIHF World Junior Championship.
A Vancouver hockey icon, ‘The Steamer’ was the first Canuck to have his number retired by the team, and he still works with the Canucks as a senior advisor to the general manager. His Team Canada career included the 1978 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he won a bronze medal on a team led by a 16-year-old Wayne Gretzky, and the 1985 IIHF World Championship, where he won silver.