Manitoba Bison Wins Medal at Olympics

Laura ManningSports

WINNIPEG, MB – Manitoba Bison women’s hockey player Venla Hovi will return home to Winnipeg with her second Winter Olympic medal.

This is Venla Hovi’s third time playing with Team Finland at an Olympics. She was with the team previously at the 2010 Olympics (bronze medal) in Vancouver and 2014 Olympics (5th place) in Sochi, Russia.

Hovi, 30, had an assist on the eventual game-winning goal during the 3-2 bronze medal win by Finland over OAR on Wednesday, February 21. Overall in the 2018 Olympics, Hovi scored three points in six games after notching a goal vs. USA in the first preliminary game (Feb. 11), had one assist in quarter-final match vs. Sweden (Feb. 17) and assist in bronze medal game.

She has been part of the Finnish women’s hockey program since 2006-07 and has played in numerous tournaments over the last decade with Team Finland. After the 2018 Olympics, her international totals with the national program are now at 186 games played with 70 points (26 goals and 44 assists).

With files from Chris Zuk of the University of Manitoba

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