Hockey player Mélodie Daoust was unable to wear the maple leaf uniform last Friday during the game between Canada and Finland at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games in China.
Mélodie Daoust celebrated a goal with her teammates in the Canadians’ opening match at the Olympic tournament in Beijing, but an injury prevented her from finishing the game. (Photo Hockey Canada)
Injured to the shoulder in the Canadians victory game (12-1) to Switzerland colour-bearers, the resident of Saint-Zotique left the ice with difficulty to return to the locker room and did not return to the game.
Hockey Canada finally released news on the forward’s condition nearly 48 hours later, and the organization declared that there is a possibility that she will return to play before the end of the Olympic tournament.
Hockey Canada has only said that the native of Valleyfield has an upper body injury and that she will be reassessed on a day-to-day basis. It was Jamie Lee Rattray who took her place on the first line of the Canadian team.
The MVP of the last Women’s World Championships and the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang was seen on the small screen during the opening ceremonies in Beijing on Thursday, waving to spectators with her left hand while her right arm was motionless.
Participating in her 3rd Olympic Games, Mélodie Daoust was absent against Finland on Friday night during the 2nd game of the preliminary round, which the Canadians won by a score of 11-1. Mélodie also missed Sunday’s game as Canada defeated Russia, 6-1 and the monday night game against the Americans.
Head coach Troy Ryan was still optimistic in a CBC interview that the 30-year-old will return to the scrum during the Olympic competition.