Pyeongchang 2018

Scott Moir keeps Canadian women's hockey fans smiling

Canada has one more reason to love triple Olympic champion Scott Moir, and it's not because of his on-ice performance. The ice dance star showed during the women's gold-medal game that he's the ultimate Canadian hockey fan.

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Scott Moir reacts to a penalty against the Canadian women's hockey team in the first period of Thursday's gold-medal game against the United States. (CBC)

By Tanya Casole-Gouveia, CBC Sports

For the first time in 20 years, the Canadian women's hockey team lost the Olympic gold-medal game, falling 3-2 in a shootout to the United States on Thursday.

Canadian fans held back tears along with the women as they lined up to receive their silver medals. But as one Twitter user noted, the sadness turned again to smiles once they rewatched what's being pegged as the #GIFoftheGames.

The GIF-able moment occurred when Canadian rookie Sarah Nurse received a penalty, the team's third infraction in the first period. The camera went to a crowd shot of Team Canada athletes, including ice dance gold medallist Scott Moir reacting to the call.

As soon as the moment hit the screen, it seemed Canadians fell even harder for the five-time Olympic medallist.

Some fans knew right away it was going to be a memorable moment, even "a part of our heritage."

Joining Moir was his hockey-viewing buddy, and fellow figure skater, Patrick Chan, who also attended the women's gold-medal game won by Canada in 2014.

What about Moir's other partner in crime, Tessa Virtue? Well ...

Tessa and Scott will be in the figure-skating gala on Saturday. You can watch it online and for free on the CBC Olympics App.