Cardiac Gaels

An oral history of the 2011 Queen's women's hockey playoff run

Women's hockey celebrates their victory in game two of the 2011 OUA finals

A historic hockey game took place on March 2, 2011, witnessed by just 312 spectators in a university rink. The Queen’s Gaels and Guelph Gryphons clashed in a battle where six overtimes were needed to decide the winner. It was the second-longest contest in North America — the longest since a 1936 meeting between the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Maroons.

The game was one part of an extraordinary title run. In five playoff games, Queen’s had 478:42 of ice time — 78 seconds less than eight full games. They won all five in overtime and brought home a title that Queen’s hadn’t won since 1978.

The Journal's first-ever oral history follows the story of that game, weaving together interviews, photos and statistics to explore a title run like no other. 

See the full project here.

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