The three-time Olympic gold medallist joining the Calgary Dinos, well, that's kind of a big deal. It speaks well for the calibre of CIS women's hockey, particularly in Canada West, that someone who's achieved as much as Wickenheiser sees it as a desirable option as she works toward playing in one more Olympics and a post-playing career (she's talked about med school, if memory serves). That wouldn't have been the case not so long ago.
"Wickenheiser will be unveiled as the Dinos' newest recruit Thursday amid much fanfare. At the U of C, she will play for head coach Danielle Goyette, once Wickenheiser’s teammate with the Canadian national and Olympic teams.One can only imagine the thrill for some of the Dinos, who have been following Wickenheiser's career since they were old enough to follow hockey. It also adds to a brewing rivalry with the defending national champion Alberta Pandas, who just had a key player, defender Shannon Ramsay, transfer to Calgary (she'll have to sit out this season).
"While Wickenheiser will continue to play for the national team, her principal responsibilities will be with the Dinos." — Allan Maki, Globe & Mail
(Now let's not spoil it by pointing out Wickenheiser is two years older than Mike Danton. Remember all the opposition last winter to Danton playing for Saint Mary's was strictly due to his age.)