It was the first time in 50 years the Canadian Olympic team won Gold in hockey. A sport that is synonymous with the nation. It was today, February 24, 2002, Burnaby Joe and the rest of Team Canada could give this nation something to cheer for again in Olympic Men’s hockey.
I know it’s not necessarily a “Canucks” historical moment but there was a member of the Vancouver Canucks on the 2002 Gold winning Salt Lake City Team Canada roster. Let’s not forget the winning coach, our legendary Canucks coach and GM, the late Pat Quinn.
“Jovocop” made the Team Canada roster. Jovanovski was known as a free-wheeling, offensive defence-man. He also didn’t mind giving a few memorable hits here and there. For Team Canada, Ed Jovanovski, assisted on the first Joe Sakic goal which ended up being the game winner. Team Canada defeated Team USA, 5-2 in Salt Lake City, Utah to win gold again, finally.
That’s #TICH February 24, 2002.
Here is a 10 minute highlight reel, called by Bob Cole on CBC of the game in Salt Lake City.