Aga Khan & Ice Hockey
“I must also thank you, Prime Minister, for inviting me to become an honorary citizen.
May I congratulate you on the gold medals of your remarkable hockey teams in Sochi.
As an ex-player myself I was hoping you would require your honorary citizens to join your team. I am convinced that the Dalai Lama and I would have been a formidable defense.”
– His Highness the Aga Khan, addressing both the Houses of the Canadian Parliament, Ottawa, Canada Thursday, February 27, 2014.
Ice Hockey: Canada at the Winter Olympic Games
Canadians are extremely passionate about ice hockey, the nation’s winter sport. Winning both the golds spectacularly, made the Olympics count even more for the nation.
Men’s Ice hockey has been played at the Olympic games since 1920. In 1992 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved women’s hockey as an Olympic event, introducing it at 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagamo, Japan.
In the men’s tournament, Canada was the most successful team of the first three decades, winning six of seven gold medals. Canada then went 50 years without a gold medal, before winning one in 2002, and following it with back-to-back wins in 2010 and 2014.
In the women’s tournament, Canada has dominated the event, consecutively winning 4 of the 5 gold medals in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.
B: Globe and Mail video clip: The Aga Khan jokes about joining Canada’s hockey team
Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali