Micah Zandee-Hart is from Saanichton, BC in my riding of Saanich North and the Islands.
In February, she was part of the Canadian Women’s Ice Hockey team that defeated the United States 3-2 to win gold at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
In February, we were lucky to cheer on 215 Canadians competing in the Winter Olympics, 32 of whom were from British Columbia. Of those 32, I’d like to talk about one today. Micah Zandee-Hart is from Saanichton, in my riding of Saanich North and the Islands, and is now also an Olympic gold medallist in women’s hockey.
Her Olympic journey began watching the Canadian women’s team win gold in Salt Lake City in 2002. I think a start for many Olympians is watching their heroes win previously. She’s a first player from Vancouver Island to be part of the women’s national hockey team. Micah played collegiate hockey for Cornell.
Her path to securing a spot on Team Canada was made more difficult in 2021 when she suffered two injuries: a broken hand in January when she was blocking a shot and then a season-ending shoulder surgery that happened in March that forced her to miss the World Championships last year. After rehab, Micah was healthy and ready to play in time for the 2022 Olympic team. She made her Olympic debut on February 3 in a 12-to-1 win over Switzerland and tallied her first Olympic assist in a game versus ROC. She would go on to add three more assists to her resume over the course of the games, playing important minutes on a stalwart defensive unit that allowed only ten goals in seven games.
Micah’s Olympic journey culminated in, of course, that 3-2 gold medal game win over the United States. This was Canada’s third gold medal in the last four Winter Games. Congratulations to Micah and all her teammates on the golden Canadian women’s hockey team. You have made Saanich North and the Islands proud and all of Canada proud, and all the best in your future endeavours.