The Winnipeg Jets honoured Canadian Olympic gold medalist Kaitlyn Lawes of Winnipeg, Manitoba prior to their game against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. Lawes was being recognized for her gold medal in mixed doubles curling with John Morris of Canmore, Alberta at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Lawes and Morris made history by becoming the very first Olympic gold medalists ever in mixed doubles curling and even more remarkably became the only Canadian curlers to win medals at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
Lawes dropped the puck in a faceoff that included Jets captain Blake Wheeler and Nashville Predators captain Roman Josi at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Predators beat the Jets 6-5 on a game winning goal by Ryan Hartman with only one minute left in the third period.
It was quite the comeback for the Predators as Nashville came back from a 5-3 deficit to score three times in the final 10 minutes. The Jets and Predators are the top two teams in the Central Division as the Predators have 87 points and the Jets have 83 points.
Having the opportunity to shake Lawes’s hand and being involved in the pre-game ceremonies seemed to have sparked Josi, who had five assists in the high scoring game. Ironically, Morris and Lawes beat Jenny Perret and Martin Rios of Switzerland (the same home country of Josi) 10-3 in the gold medal game.
Lawes’s curling season is not over yet. She will represent Canada as the third for Jennifer Jones at the 2018 Women’s World Curling Championship in North Bay, Ontario starting March 17.