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Canada wins silver in women's hockey in 1998

For 48 years from 1920 to 1968, Canada dominated ice hockey at the Winter Olympics, winning gold six times and failing to earn a medal just once. But a dispute over pros competing in the Games kept Canada out entirely in 1972 and '76. NHL players were finally allowed in the 1998 Games, the same year women's hockey became an Olympic event. In 2002 Canada was back on top as both men and women won our first gold medals for hockey since 1952.

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What should have been a high point for the Canadian women's hockey team - their debut at the Winter Olympics in 1998 - ends up a heartbreaker when they lose to the United States in the gold medal game. With a month's perspective back in Canada, however, things don't seem so bad. As guests on the CBC-TV show Jonovision, players Cassie Campbell, Geraldine Heaney and Vicky Sunohara say they've accomplished a lot for their sport. Before a live audience of teen hockey players, the trio demonstrates some hockey skills and talks about a future in hockey.

• The International Olympic Committee approved women's hockey as an official Olympic event in the summer of 1992. But because women's hockey was not included in the deals the IOC had already signed with the organizing committees of the 1994 and 1998 Winter Games, it was up to each committee whether to add the event. Lillehammer, Norway, declined for the 1994 Games. Nagano, Japan agreed to add women's hockey for its Games in 1998.
  • Cassie Campbell went on to captain the Canadian women's team for the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics, winning gold both times. She retired from hockey in 2006 and, as she predicted in this interview, became a hockey broadcaster for CBC-TV.

• Vicky Sunohara and Geraldine Heaney also both played for Canada in 2002 and 2006. As of 2009, Sunohara plays for the Brampton Thunder and runs hockey camps for woman players; Heaney is coach of the women's hockey team at the University of Waterloo.

Medium: Television
Program: Jonovision
Broadcast Date: March 23, 1998
Guest(s): Cassie Campbell, Geraldine Heaney, Vicky Sunohara
Host: Jonathan Torrens
Duration: 20:40

Last updated: February 11, 2014

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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