Canada's Hayley Wickenheiser skates with the Canadian flag after beating Team USA during third period action of the gold medal women's Olympic hockey game between team Canada and team USA at GM Place in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)
Hayley Wickenheiser is healthy, and yes, she still can’t stand the Americans.
The Calgary Dinos and Canadian national team star revealed Wednesday she tore her MCL in the semifinals of the CIS women’s nationals March 9 in Toronto, but says she’ll be ready to go for the world women’s hockey championships in Ottawa April 2-9.
“It wasn’t as bad as Kipper’s, I don’t think,” Wickenheiser said, referencing Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff’s knee injury, which was reported as a sprain and kept the nimble Finn out of action for a month.
“It was really disappointing not to be able to play in the final with the Dinos — I thought we had a really good chance to win — but I had to do the right thing to be ready for the world championships.”
The Dinos lost 3-2 to the Montreal Carabins in the national final.
As for the Americans? Nothing has changed in almost 20 years.