Curtis Joseph and Team Canada won the Olympic gold medal in men’s ice hockey at Salt Lake City 2002, ending Canada’s 50-year old gold medal drought. Joseph had made his Olympic debut at Nagano 1998 where Team Canada finished fourth as NHL players participated for the first time.
Joseph represented Canada at three other major tournaments: the 1996 IIHF World Championship, the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, and the 2007 Spengler Cup. Joseph and Team Canada captured silver medals at both the world championship and the inaugural World Cup of Hockey. Joseph backstopped Team Canada to gold at the Spengler Cup in 2007.
Undrafted by an NHL team, Joseph signed with the St. Louis Blues to begin a 19-season NHL career in 1989-90. He played for six different NHL teams, suiting up in a total of 943 games and recording 454 wins. He announced his retirement in January 2010.
Adopted as an infant, Joseph opened up about his childhood in his autobiography “Cujo: The Untold Story of My Life On and Off the Ice” which was published on October 23, 2018.
Joseph was inducted to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2009 with his teammates from the 2002 Olympic hockey team.
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