TEAM NS CAPTURES WOMEN'S HOCKEY SILVER AT NATIONAL 55+ GAMES
Sep. 24, 2014
DARTMOUTH – One month later and the silver medal-winning performance is still sinking in for Debbie Macdonald Gray.
She was the captain of a team that represented Nova Scotia at the 2014 Canada 55+ Games in Strathcona County, Alberta last month where they placed second overall.
“It was amazing,” says MacDonald Gray. “Totally amazing.”
Nova Scotia, represented by eighteen women aged 55 to 63 from across the province, was one of four teams to compete in women’s hockey. Edmonton, Calgary and Prince Edward Island also had entries. After three years as a demonstration sport, the Strathcona County Games were the first in which women’s hockey was recognized as an official sport.
“For senior women before us, this has only been a dream – never a reality,” said Macdonald Gray. “So it was a lot of fun.”
Nova Scotia went 2-1 during round-robin play, defeating Edmonton and Prince Edward Island but dropping a close game to Calgary. That record earned the team a spot in the 55+ Games gold medal game against Calgary.
The Calgary entry eventually edged Nova Scotia 3-1 in the final.
“It was pretty close,” said MacDonald Gray. “It could have gone either way.”
“We played our hearts out and had the time of our lives.”
She says the team is already looking forward to next year’s games in Brampton, Ontario where she expects even more teams to compete.
Hockey Nova Scotia would like to congratulate Team Nova Scotia on their great performance in Alberta! We are very proud.