Hayley Wickenheiser scored the go-ahead goal when Canada beat their bitter rivals from the United States in the preliminary round of women's hockey at the Sochi Olympics. (Martin Rose/Getty Images)

She carried the Canadian flag into the Opening Ceremonies at Sochi. Now, Shaunavon's Hayley Wickenheiser and her teammates on Team Canada carry the hopes of a country.

She's considered by many to be the Wayne Gretzky of women's hockey, the best player the game has ever produced.

Thursday, Wickenheiser will add another Olympic medal to her trophy case. A win would make it gold.

In what's widely expected to be her last Games, the six-time Olympian has led Canada to an undefeated record heading into the gold medal game. She's been a key contributor, with two goals and three assists in four games.


Hayley Wickenheiser of Shaunavon celebrates a goal against Switzerland in the prelimary round at Sochi. Wickenheiser has two goals and three assists heading into the gold medal game against the United States. (Martin Rose/Getty Images)

‚ÄčCanada and the USA have won every Olympic gold medal since women's hockey was introduced to the Winter Olympics in 1998. The Americans took the first gold medal at Nagano. Canada has taken the last three.

The game begins at 11:00 a.m. CST.

You can watch it live on CBC Television, stream it at cbc.ca/olympics, or listen live on CBC Radio One.