The first thing you notice about Olympic medals is the weight.
There was plenty of hardware on display at Rogers Place – five gold, two silver and three bronze medals to be exact – when Alberta-based athletes from the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics were honoured before puck drop between the Edmonton Oilers and Las Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday, April 5.
“It’s pretty cool just to feel, and I don’t think it’s going to get old showing people and seeing their faces when they get to hold it,” said Men’s Ice Hockey bronze medalist and Camrose, AB product Karl Stollery. “To be able to play in this year’s Olympics was once-in-a-lifetime and something I’ll cherish forever.”
The athletes also received a tour of Rogers Place and were served dinner in the Oilers Hall of Fame room before watching the team battle to a 4-3 victory. Prior to visiting the facility, the group spoke before schools, media, local MLA’s and Premier Rachel Notley as ambassadors for high-performance sport before receiving an ovation from the legislative assembly during Question Period at the Alberta Legislature.