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.
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Canada 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.