November 7, 2014

CANADIAN OLYMPIC WOMEN’S AND MEN’S HOCKEY TEAMS WIN INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR BEST TEAMS IN SOCHI  

BANGKOK, THAILAND – Today, at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) inaugural Gala Awards Ceremony, Canada was recognized in front of the world’s 204 National Olympic Committees as having the Best Women’s and Men’s Teams at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

The Canadian Olympic Committee celebrated and shared the news of the prestigious wins with fans back home, while Canadian representatives attending the ANOC General Assembly released the following statements:

“Canada sent its largest Winter Olympic team of athletes and coaches to Sochi capturing 25 medals to make it our country’s most successful Winter Games on foreign soil. Today, the Olympic women’s and men’s hockey heroes – who gave Canadians so much to cheer about – have been acknowledged for their tremendous efforts on the ice,” said Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee. “On behalf of all of our Sochi athletes, I’d like to thank the ANOC assembly for this wonderful international recognition.”

“What our team was able to accomplish in Sochi was truly something special. I am absolutely honoured to be representing and accepting this award not only on behalf of the women’s hockey team but all of Hockey Canada,” said Caroline Ouellette, four-time Olympic gold medallist, Ice Hockey. “I’d like to thank the ANOC assembly for this recognition and of course to all of Canada for its unwavering support.”

“Despite some great competition, Sochi proved to be a successful time for our Hockey Canada programs. To be recognized by an international body as the best women’s and men’s teams at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games is a true honour. Thank you to the Canadian Olympic Committee for providing our athletes and coaches with outstanding support during the Games,” added Bob Nicholson, IIHF Vice President and former President/CEO of Hockey Canada. “Our Hockey Canada athletes provided our country with so many lasting Olympic memories and they should all be proud for receiving this recognition.”

The ANOC Award – made by GDE Bertoni, the Italian trophy manufacturer behind the world-famous FIFA World Cup – has been designed to symbolize humankind’s universal potential for sporting excellence. The trophy depicts a figure standing in celebration, holding aloft the ANOC logo – the embodiment of the world’s 204 NOCs, united by sport across all five Olympic continents.

Members from all 204 NOCs and some of the world’s best athletes and coaches were in attendance. The ANOC Gala Awards were transmitted by more than 25 broadcasters around the world with the potential reach of 350 million international households.

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