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Oilers honour Canadian Olympic gold medalists

Shannon Szabados
Shannon Szabados
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According to Sportsnet, the Edmonton Oilers honoured two Canadian Olympic gold medalists prior to their game against the Minnesota Wild at Rexall Place on Thursday night.

Hayley Wickenheiser and Shannon Szabados, who were each very instrumental players on Canada's gold medal winning women's hockey team, dropped the puck in a ceremonial faceoff. Wickenheiser is regarded as the best women's hockey player ever, and Szabados should now be recognized as the best women's goaltender ever.

Wickenheiser, from Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, scored two goals and added a team high three assists for a team high five points in the Olympic hockey tournament, while Szabados went 3-0 with a shutout, a 0.96 goals against average, a .954 save percentage and a shutout.

Szabados was in net for Canada's 3-0 Olympic round robin win over Finland, their 3-1 semi-final win over Switzerland and their 3-2 gold medal win over the United States.

Maybe the Edmonton Oilers should have taken some more words of wisdom from Wickenheiser and Szabados when they had the chance because they continue to play dreadful on the ice. On Thursday, the Oilers lost 3-0 to the Minnesota Wild and remain in dead last in the NHL's Western Conference.