Canada was facing tough competition in men's hockey, having lost to Sweden and tying with the Czech Republic in the round robin. General Manager of Team Canada Wayne Gretzky would go on to deliver an emotional response against the media questioning the team, their competition and Canada's playing style. The most heated topic was regarding the game against the Czechs, when Canadian player Theoren Fleury was clearly cross-checked from behind, but the referees failed to call a penalty.
"[If] we would've did what they did tonight, it would be a big story. He blatantly tried to him. I don't understand it.....If it was a Canadian player that did it, it would be a big story; if it was a Czech player, it's okay. Am I hot? Yeah, I'm hot, 'cuz I'm tired of people taking shots at Canadian hockey."
- These words not only reinvigorated Canadian players, but take them straight to the finals, winning their first Olympic gold medal in ice hockey for more than 50 years.