Canadian women's hockey team ends grind in Sochi

Canadian head coach Kevin Dineen talks to his players during their women's hockey team practice...

Canadian head coach Kevin Dineen talks to his players during their women's hockey team practice ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Thursday. The women's hockey competition begins on February 8. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Chris Stevenson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:32 PM ET

SOCHI - The Canadian women’s hockey team has been through the ringer over the last few months as training was ramped up to ridiculous levels to prepare for the Games.

There have been gruelling workouts both on and off the ice and a slate of games.

The players have been pushed close to the breaking point in the last few months, and now, with their first game coming Saturday, Team Canada will start to find out if it has all been worth it.

“It’s a different season from any pro sport. We know we’re going to the Stanley Cup playoffs. We’re going to the Olympics, right? It doesn’t matter what’s in between. It’s about what the plan is. It’s stressing us physically and mentally to get to the level we need to be,” said Team Canada general manager Melody Davidson.

“Definitely there have been some mental challenges there.”


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