The year is 1998. For the first time in Olympic history, women's hockey will be included as a medal sport at the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.
It is a great victory for women hockey players around the globe. So many women had pioneered the sport to this moment. Finally women's hockey had arrived at it's grandest stage.
Team Canada had an incredibly difficult decision to make, however. Hockey Canada desperately wanted to win the inaugural gold medal, and that would take the best 20 female players in the country to stave off the upstart Americans. In an unthinkable move Team Canada decided the top 20 did not include the legendary Angela James, the leading name in women's hockey.
She was so vital to the women's hockey scene that the decision to leave her off the roster of the 1998 Olympic Team was every bit as controversial as the decision to leave Mark Messier off the men's team that same year.
Read the full Hall of Fame story of Angela James, one of hockey's greatest pioneers.