CANADA vs. DENMARK – Men’s Curling
With no Team Canada hockey on the schedule, the attention on the MCHH big screens moves to the Vancouver Olympic Centre, where Kevin Martin looks to keep his perfect record intact when he takes on the 1-3 Danes. Martin, looking to improve on his 2002 silver medal, is curling an impressive 91 per cent through four draws, and will use Friday’s game to fine tune his game ahead of Saturday’s crucial round-robin match-up with the defending world champions from Great Britain.
CZECH REPUBLIC vs. LATVIA – Men’s Hockey
Group B is showcased on the big screens at MCHH as the 1998 Olympic gold medalists from the Czech Republic look to go 2-0 when they take on the Latvians. The Czechs were led in their tournament-opening 3-1 win over Slovakia by Jaromir Jagr, the 38-year-old former NHL superstar who is making his return to North American at these Games, while the Latvians will have their always-raucous fans jamming Canada Hockey Place.
WAYNE GRETZKY TRIBUTE
He is The Great One, and on Friday night Wayne Gretzky will be celebrated at Molson Canadian Hockey House for his contributions to the game, both in Canada (remember 2002?) and in growing the international game. Considered by many to be the greatest player in the history of the game, Gretzky retired from the NHL in 1999 with 61 NHL records to his name, including most goals, assists and points ever. He was part of the first ever Canadian Olympic team to feature NHLers in 1998, and led Canada as executive director at the 20 Games.
Fans at B.C. Place Stadium were treated to a dual Canadian medal presentation on Thursday night – gold to Christine Nesbitt (women’s 1,000m long track) and silver to Marianne St-Gelais (women’s 500m short track) - so what is in store for Friday? Canada has medal hopes on the ski slopes at Whistler Creekside in the men’s super G and on the track at the Whistler Sliding Centre in men’s and women’s skeleton.
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 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.