Athlete Profile

Sami Jo Small, 25, made an immediate impact on the international stage. In her first two world championship appearances in 1999 and 2000, the netminder from Winnipeg was named the top goaltender and the tournaments' all-star teams. She also helped Canada to gold in 2001. In eight world championship games, she's allowed only four goals - a 0.53 goals-against average.

Small traveled to the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano with national team as spare goalie, but did not dress for any games.

A four-time member of the national junior track and field team, Small attended Stanford University where she played on the men's hockey team until 1999. During that time, she was named the Pac-10 Conference's player of the year in 1996-97.