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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.”

(PICTURED IN PHOTO – Front row: Anne Spencer,  Vickie MacKenzie (alternate captain),  Bonnie Rooney (goaltender),  Anitra Whidden (goaltender),  Monica MacKenzie (alternate captain), Cindy Miller,  Julie Small. Back row: John Bickerton, Jane Filbee, Kathy McDonah, Jayne Murphy, Pat Hill, Sue Henderson, Janice Coyle,  Mary Filbee, Patsy MacIsaac, Debbie Macdonald Gray (captain), Maria Andersen, (Mac) Nancy MacLean “A”, Charlie Gray (coach).)

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.

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