Olympic women's hockey on thin ice

Team Canada's Haley Irwin, left, and Meghan Agosta-Marciano celebrate a goal against Sweden during...

Team Canada's Haley Irwin, left, and Meghan Agosta-Marciano celebrate a goal against Sweden during the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Pembroke, Ont., Saturday, Mar. 30, 2013. (DARREN BROWN/QMI Agency)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

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My colleague at the Winnipeg Sun, Ted Wyman, wrote a piece last week suggesting that women’s hockey will be on trial at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

And he’s right. Sooner or later, the International Olympic Committee is going to pull the plug on women’s ice hockey and that day may come sooner than later. In fact, it may happen after the Sochi Games. And frankly, that’s probably the right move, which is not a shot at the tens of thousands of women and girls who play hockey in Canada and the U.S. It’s just the sad reality of the sport.

Women’s ice hockey is a two-horse race, and it’s been that way for far too long with no end in sight.

Women’s ice hockey was added to the Olympic program for the 1998 Nagano Olympics in the hopes that eventually the traditional powerhouses in ice hockey would catch up to Canada at the U.S. That never materialized.


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