SAULNIER AND TURNBULL RETURN HOME TO NOVA SCOTIA WITH OLYMPIC SILVER
Feb. 26, 2018
ENFIELD, N.S. — After a whirlwind day of travel that sent them half-way around the globe, the first Nova Scotians to ever represent Canada in Olympic women’s hockey are back in Canada.
Jill Saulnier and Blayre Turnbull touched down at Halifax Stanfield International Airport early this morning. They were greeted by friends and family.
They returned to their home province with their Olympic silver medals around their necks. Team Canada fell 3-2 to the United States in a shootout during the gold medal game.
Turnbull, a 24-year old Stellarton native, set up Haley Irwin for Canada’s first goal of the game.
The pair had plenty of fans back in Nova Scotia cheering them on during each and every game.
Earlier in the tournament, Saulnier became the first Nova Scotian to score a goal in a women’s Olympic tournament. With 1:34 left in the second period of Canada’s game against Finland, Rebecca Johnston sent Saulnier in on a breakaway where she beat Finnish netminder Noora Raty on the blocker side to make Nova Scotia hockey history.
(PHOTO: Saulnier and Turnbull return home.)
It was just the latest in a series of historic first from the dynamic hockey duo. Back in December, Turnbull and Saulnier became the first Nova Scotians ever named to Canada’s women’s Olympic roster. They were not the only Nova Scotians on the team, however. Spryfield’s Troy Ryan, head coach of Nova Scotia’s 2015 Canada Winter Games female team, was an assistant coach with the women’s national program.
There will not be much downtime for Turnbull. She plans to return to the Canadian Women’s Hockey League's Calgary Inferno later this week. Their next game is Saturday against Markham. The Inferno have the second best record in the CWHL at 17-3-1-3 and are just two points back of the first-place Les Canadiennes Montreal.
After several busy months with the national women’s program, Saulnier intends to spend the coming weeks relaxing in Nova Scotia.
Hockey Nova Scotia would like to congratulate Jill, Blayre and Troy on their Olympic medals. We are very proud of you all.