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SOCHI, March 10, /ITAR-TASS/. Two ice hockey pucks, which were used in last month’s Winter Olympic Games in Russia’s Sochi by both the Canadian men and women’s teams to secure gold, were donated by Russia to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Hall of Fame on Sunday during an official ceremony.
The ceremony was held in Russia’s Sochi as part of the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games program and the pucks, inscribed with gold letters, were handed over to IIHF President Rene Fasel by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak.
“These pucks rightfully belong to the Russian organizers [of the 2014 Olympics] but we are happy to present them [to Canada] for the support and help provided in hosting the Olympic Games in general and the ice hockey competition as well,” Kozak said at the ceremony.
Fasel said in turn that he was very glad to be back in Russia’s resort city of Sochi, which held the 2014 Winter Olympic Games between February 7 and 23 and now currently hosts Russia’s first ever Winter Paralympic Games on March 7-16.
“In two weeks I will be in Toronto and I will hand these hockey pucks over to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto,” he said.
Fasel said that the pucks will join the other one, which was scored by Canada’s famous forward Sidney Crosby at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and brought the Olympic gold to the national team.
“Maybe you remember when in Vancouver Sidney Crosby scored his very famous overtime goal. We also gave the puck to the Ice Hockey Hall of Fame,” Fasel said addressing journalists at the Sochi Paralympic Games Media Center. “So, these two pucks will join the very special puck in Toronto.”
At the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver the Canadian men team won the gold medals after beating in the final match the United States national team in overtime. The Canadian women ice hockey team won the Olympic gold that year by also defeating the team from the United States 2-0.
Both reigning men and women Olympic champion teams from Canada repeated their success at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia’s Sochi to become the first ever nation to grab two consecutive Olympic golds.