“I knew Maddie was going to stop it,”says colleague Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson. EPA/SRDJAN SUKI Lamoureux’s dazzling shootout objective will go down as one of the most important minutes in U.S. hockey history. But without Rooney’s subsequent save, it’s a footnote lost in a bigger story, like exactly what Melodie Daoust’s Peter Forsberg impression in the shootout ended up being when Canada lost.Whether or not it was wishfulthinking, Lamoureux understood that Rooney was going to turn her shootout goal into a medal winner.”After I scored, I knew Maddie was going to stop it. I threw my stay with the back of the bench when I returned to it, I
was so confident,”she says.Rooney, meanwhile, saw that assistance emanating from her teammates.”Everyone on my bench was jumping up and down, pointing at me, stating ‘another,'” she says.She saved another shot, swept the puck away with her glove and triggered a wild celebration.Lamoureux has actually pondered why it was different this time for the Americans versus Canada, which had actually beat Team U.S.A in the previous two gold-medal video games and
had won the past 4 Olympic competitions. One of the primary factors:” rookies “like Rooney, who had not been devastated by those crushing losses to the Canadians, who never when had a sense of “here-we-go-again”dread when things turned sour. They were free of luggage. They didn’t know any much better.
“I’ve viewed the event about 50 times. It’s simply awesome,”states Rooney, who made 29 saves through overtime, then turned away 4 of six Canadian shots in the shootout. EPA/SRDJAN SUKI”A lot of our first-timers have actually never lost to Canada in a significant tournament. They reveal up to tournaments, and they’re ready to go. They haven’t experienced that, “Lamoureux said.But in Rooney’s case, it’s something beyond her naivete towards Canadian dominance. It’s that peace.
,” Lamoureux said.It’s all a huge deal. And Rooney is trying to comprehend it.Her life is now an escalating series of surreal moments.Less that two weeks back, Maddie Rooney won a gold medal.
“Recently I’ve been wearing it 24/7 during this media trip, but I have no idea why any of us would desire to take them off. It’s the very best feeling,” she says.During the media tour, Rooney met Ellen DeGeneres, as the group appeared together on her show. “To see, and satisfy,
her was truly cool,”Rooney says.On Saturday, Rooney and her colleagues were important invitees at the NHL Stadium Series game in between the Maple Leafs and the Capitals, drawing a long ovation from the sellout crowd at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium after they were presented after the second duration. Rooney got among the biggest cheers throughout gamer introductions.”It’s incredible. I watch these every year. The emotions I have are inexpressible,”she said.Then there was her most unexpected congratulatory note, from another goalie she idolizes: Hope Solo of the United States ladies’s national soccer team, a group of specific interest to Rooney.After all, the USWNT’s World Cup success motivated countless young professional athletes to play and follow soccer, and elevated the video game in the eyes of even the sport’s most caustic critics.Rooney hopes that this gold medal does the very same for women’s hockey.”That’s always been the goal. Grow the game. Establish the youth, “she says. “Doing what soccer has done would be extraordinary, and to provide kids the very same opportunity kids have actually had in soccer would be awesome.”Rooney is now a fundamental part of that future.”Take age out of it– she was the finest goalie in the tournament,” Lamoureux states.”However as a 20-year-old, she’s simply going to continue to improve.” Rooney has two years left in college, where she will try to exist as a normal trainee looking for an organisation degree who so happens to be an Olympic females’s
hockey legend. She will undoubtedly be in position to start for the Americans in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Opportunities to play expertly in the National Women’s Hockey League or Canadian Females’s Hockey League will beckon.”The pro league isn’t on my mind, yet, but I wish to play as long as possible. It might be,”she says.
Rooney, 2nd from right, and teammates Dani Cameranesi and Haley Skarupa earned a standing ovation from fans throughout the NHL Stadium Series video game in between the Maple Leafs and Capitals at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on March 3. Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images A month ago, meeting Ellen and getting a standing ovation at an NHL outside video game weren’t on her mind, either. Now they’re the new typical for Maddie Rooney. Are the fans who ask for selfies with her, the pro professional athletes who admire her achievements and the young players who inform her she has become their inspiration– even if Rooney still cannot fathom it. “I do not see myself as that yet. It hasn’t strike me, truly,”she states.”But it would be incredible if I could be as good to someone as the older players were to me when I was more youthful.”But you are a motivation. You beat Canada. You won gold.C ‘mon, for a particular generation of professional athletes, you’re essentially Jim Craig.