Canadian sports play a huge role in entertainment; not just in watching but in wagering on the games too!
From the beloved Canadian ice hockey, young breaks outs and an untimely death; we look back on the impactful moments of 2017.
Memorable moments in Canadian Sports
Toronto FC win MLS Cup
First up we have the first major league soccer (MLS) cup win by Toronto FC. Led by captain Michael Bradley, Toronto FC defeated the Seattle Sounders 2-0. In addition, this win was achieved on home ground!
But the MLS cup win wasn’t the only win for the Reds; the team acquired other titles including best MLS regular season team and the Voyageurs Cup as Canadian champions.
Bradley and the rest of the team set franchise records, these including goals scored – 74, home points – 42 and home wins – 42.
No Canadian National Hockey League (NHL) in the 2018 Olympics
The decision to pass up the 2018 Olympics by the NHL was met with shock and displeasure. For months there was speculation that the team will not be participating.
The games are set to take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and it will be the first time following 1994 that the NHL won’t attend. The announcement was made public April earlier this year.
Toronto Blue Jays lose Roy Halladay
Staying on the topic of shocking and disappointing news was the untimely death of Roy Halladay. Halladay died in a plane crash over the Gulf of Mexico last month; he was 40.
It was a grim day for Canadian sports fans across the world as Halladay played for Toronto over ten years before moving over to Philadelphia.
Leading females in Canadian sports
Despite the NHL 2018 Olympic skip, the Canadian flag will stay flying high thanks to women’s curling great – Rachel Homan. At just 28 years, Homan has earned the Tournament of Hearts state title and the world championship. However, this will be her first time to represent her country in the Olympics.
Another leading lady in Canadian sport is Brooke Henderson. Henderson is a 20-year-old with an impressive career! She has won the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open and Meijer LPGA Classic.
In addition, Henderson has earned over 1.5 million USD and featured on the world rankings in position 13.