Team Canada swept up Sweden in it’s opening game at the 4 Nations Cup, but had to do it without hometown hero Emily Clark in the lineup.
Saskatoon’s Clark was supposed to be the main draw when the 4 Nations Cup arrived in the Bridge City, but had to pull out of the tournament last week with an injury.
On Monday evening, Clark spoke publicly for the first time since her injury was announced.
“Although I am disappointed I am unable to play in the 4 Nations Cup, I am far more excited for my hometown and my teammates,” Clark said in a media release issued by Hockey Canada.
“I could not be more proud to be from Saskatoon and I’m thrilled that our journey to the 2022 Olympics is starting here.”
It’s unclear how Clark was injured, but Gina Kingsbury, the director of the national women’s national teams with Hockey Canada, said her health is paramount.
“Our focus and priority is Emily’s health and in working with Emily and her team we feel that it is in her best interest to return to school for treatment and to stay on top of her studies,” Kingsbury said in the joint media release. “We are disappointed she will not have the opportunity to play in her hometown, but we know she is excited for the experience that is in front of our team.”
Clark plays collegiate hockey for the University of Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA.