Friday, February 26, 2010

A Real Medal-Winning Hockey Mom

Despite last night's disappointing loss to Team Canada, Team USA's Women's Hockey Team has much to be proud of! They fought hard to the end and represented the red, white and blue gloriously throughout these games. Hockey Mom has a special place in her heart for Team USA's Jenny Potter - who not only earned two hat tricks in these games, but is a "true" hockey mom in every sense of the word, successfully juggling a busy household with two young children in addition to her grueling training schedule and community appearances as part of the team! Now HM missed this original airing on the Today Show (as I was multi-tasking myself) probably on the cell while dropping kids off and racing to my own job, so thought I'd share in case you did too:

Congrats again to Jenny and her team mates for earning the silver medal! The talk about last night's game isn't over yet as the internet is abuzz with various opinions on the Canadian Women's team's post-medal celebration. Well after the ceremonies concluded and the fans left the arena, the ladies imbibed in some celebratory beer and bubbly and lit up a few stogies to commemorate their triumphant gold medal win. The issue is that they were caught on camera conducting their party on the Olympic ice sheet. Apparently this did not go over well with the IOC in terms of portraying the politically correct image of Olympic athletes. The other issue is that one of the players is under age in BC, but apparently not in her home province. Sports fans and media types from all ends of the earth have weighed in on this one, some saying to leave them alone and let them enjoy their moment while others agree with the IOC in that their smoking/alchohol consumption and choice of locale was not appropriate and sends the wrong message to young athletes and other kids who look up to these Olympians. What do you think?

Meanwhile, the American men's team takes the ice at 3 p.m. today to face Finland. They'll face a challenge in Finland's veteran Teemu Selanne, who is the all-time points leader in men's Olympic ice hockey with 37 points in 27 games. Players to watch on the Finnish team include: Valtteri Filppula, the brother duo of Tuomo and Jarko Ruutu, Nicklas Hagman, Olli Jokinen, Joni Pitkanen, Kimmo Timmonen -who've all lit the lamp in these games. They also have quite the hot hand in net in goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff. But the United States has their own sparkling gem in the crease in Ryan Miller, who's been beyond spectacular up to this point. So let's go USA - crash that net, take those shots and let's get another step closer to the gold. Only a few more hours until puck drop...

1 comment: said...

What a classless, trashy way for the Canadian women’s hockey team to act! I can understand being excited to have won the gold medal, but they crossed the line and were TOO exuberant. The team totally embarrassed itself after playing a great game against the United States and an outstanding tournament overall.