Sunday, 12 April 2009

Canadian women reach for gold…

Know those t-shirts some girls wear? Emblazoned with the immortal words: “Canadian girls kick a**!”? Tonight I hope we have definitive proof of how true those words actually are. Easter Sunday, 12 April 2009: Canada’s Senior Women’s Hockey Team face their southern neighbours and fiercest rivals, the ladies of the US of A’s Senior Team in the finals of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)’s 2009 World Women’s Hockey Championships. The American team are the defending 2008 champions. However… if the Canadian team’s 2-1 win over the US team on Friday April 10th is any indication, the Americans won’t be able to call themselves champions for much longer.

Based in London, I’m closer to the World Championship host country – Finland – and will be tuning in tonight at 1700 GMT. In Canada you’ll be able to watch our girls thrash those Americans at 1200 EST. Though I’m closer to Hameenlina, Suomi than the average Canadian, I’ll actually be watching the game on Canadian TV (TSN, to be exact) courtesy of the transatlantic broadcast power of a slingbox player.

I’m hoping this will be a fitting prelude to Women’s Ice Hockey Olympic Gold for Canada at home in 2010. Go ladies!

Oh also… Congratulations to the IIHF Championship host country Finland on their well-deserved Bronze medal finish. And to the American team, in advance, for their silver!

If you'd like to congratulate any of the Canadian players on their excellent efforts throughout this Championship you can actually email them invidually through the Hockey Canada website by visiting:

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