The Canada-U.S. women’s hockey rivalry is one of the greatest in all of sport. Jillian Saulnier knows first-hand.
The Halifax native, unveiled yesterday as a nominee for an IKON Sport Award as Nova Scotia’s female team athlete of the year, was in the heat of the battle in January at the world under-18 hockey championship in Fussen, Germany.
Saulnier, one of the province’s top female hockey players, came away with silver in an overtime heartbreaker.
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“I’ve never felt so exhilarated in my whole life,” said Saulnier, who had a breakaway chance near the end of regulation. “There’s nothing less than No. 1 that you want to be. The rivalry is there, for sure. I think it will always be there.”
The 17-year-old forward is eligible to return to the Canadian under-18 team for the 2010 worlds, meaning she has a realistic shot at redemption against the U.S.
“It was a great experience and we had a blast,” she said of the tournament. “The process starts over now and hopefully I get selected again and we can (go for gold).”