24th February 2002
This day in history...Canada's Men's Ice Hockey team defeat USA 5-2 for Winter Olympics Gold Medal
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The 2002 Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City, Utah, was an eventful one. The Canada-USA final was one of the most anticipated games and even contributed to the highest TV ratings in Olympic history at the time. Despite an unfortunate start of loosing 5-2 to Sweden, Canada did relatively well throughout the tournament. They managed to defeat Germany 3-2, Finland 2-1, Belarus 7-1 in the semi-final, and drew with Czech Republic. Canada's win was of some importance as it was the first Olympic gold medal in Ice Hockey that they had won since 1952. It was also the second time in 70 years that the US Hockey team had lost a game on home soil. Fans in Canada flooded the streets in their hundreds of thousands in celebration of the victory. It wasn't just the end of the 50-year drought without a Gold Medal, it was the defeat of their worthy neighbours; the USA.
Canada: Paul Kariya (14:50), Jarome Iginla (18:33, 56:01), Joe Sakic (38:19, 58:40)
US: Tony Amonte (8:49), Brian Rafalski (35:30)