Barbie announces Tessa Virtue doll as part of ‘Role Models’ series

Canadian figure skating star Tessa Virtue is getting a Barbie made in her likeness.

Virtue joins the iconic line of toy dolls as part of Barbie’s “Role Models” series.

Virtue’s doll features the red dress she wore in the free dance at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. Virtue and partner Scott Moir won their second Olympic ice dance gold in the event.

“SO EXCITED & HONOURED to be part of it,” Virtue tweeted Wednesday. “More to come, need to collect my emotions first.”

I’ve been wanting to share this news forever!@Barbie’s 60th anniversary #YouCanBeAnything campaign is honouring #MoreRoleModels in their continued commitment to #CloseTheDreamGap-SO EXCITED & HONOURED to be part of it.

More to come, need to collect my emotions first

— Tessa Virtue (@tessavirtue) March 6, 2019

Virtue and Moir ended the Pyeongchang Games as the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history with three gold and two silver medals and were named The Canadian Press team of the year for 2018.

The Barbie website calls Virtue “one-half of a team known for their legendary elegance, athleticism, innovation, and their unparalleled ability to skate in unison.”

“The Barbie role model program is Mattel’s way of honouring women who are breaking boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls. Tessa, like other honourees, was chosen because through hard work, determination and dedication, she shows girls every day that you can be anything,” Lisa Perry, brand manager for Mattel Canada, said in a statement.

The “Role Model” dolls are part of Barbie’s 60th anniversary and International Women’s Day.

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Cizikas helps Islanders beat Maple Leafs in Tavares’ return

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Casey Cizikas scored twice and the New York Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1 Thursday night in former captain John Tavares‘ first time back as a visiting player.

Anthony Beauvillier, Anders Lee and Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Islanders, who had lost three of their last four. Jordan Eberle and Cal Clutterbuck each had two assists, and Robin Lehner stopped 34 shots to help New York move two points ahead of Washington atop the Metropolitan Division one night before hosting the Capitals. The Islanders’ 81 points are one more than they had all of last season.

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Islanders fans, vocal on social media about their lingering displeasure with Taveras’ departure after he repeatedly said he wanted to stay, booed loudly when Tavares and the Maple Leafs hit the ice for pregame warmups, and when they came back out for the start of each period.

They also serenaded him with choruses of “We Don’t Need You!” and other derisive chants throughout the game, including around a video tribute midway through the first period. The face of the franchise for nine years after he was selected No. 1 overall by New York in 2009, Tavares insisted he agonized over his decision to leave before announcing it on July 1, the first day of free agency.

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‘Pissed off’ McDavid ready for ‘special’ Toronto homecoming

TORONTO — Back in the day, it was as safe a bet as you could make.

Wayne Gretzky used to roll into old Maple Leaf Gardens on Hockey Night in Canada, and with Walter, Phyllis and family in the stands, he’d absolutely take the Leafs apart on a Saturday night.

“Like McDavid’s going to do tonight?” Ken Hitchcock asks. “Same thing.”

Connor McDavid returns tonight from a two-game suspension that was levied for a hit to the head of New York Islanders defenceman Nick Leddy, and even the Toronto Maple Leafs are pretty sure they’re going to get his best game.

“He’s missed the last couple games,” said Leafs centre John Tavares. “We expect him to be shot out of a cannon.”

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Saturday NHL odds: Maple Leafs favourites hosting Canadiens

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak when they take on the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night as -190 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by

Toronto’s struggles continued on Thursday with a 3-2 loss to Washington that leaves the team with just four total goals in three outings ahead of Saturday’s matchup at Scotiabank Arena. Thursday’s loss to the Capitals as -175 chalk also brought a halt to a four-game win streak on home ice, which had been one of the few bright spots since the calendar turned to 2019.

The Maple Leafs rang in the New Year trailing only Tampa Bay in the NHL standings with 54 points through 39 contests. However, the team has struggled with consistency since then, going 10-9-2 over their past 21 outings, and now find themselves with a slim three-point lead over Montreal for third place in the Atlantic Division standings.

Despite their recent shaky play, the Maple Leafs continue to sit among the leaders on the Stanley Cup odds, joining Calgary and San Jose as +700 co-second favourites. The team has also dominated in recent dates with Montreal, posting wins in six straight meetings with the Canadiens, who enter Saturday’s clash as +155 underdogs.

Saturday’s game marks the start of an eight-game stretch featuring seven road contests that could hold the key to Montreal’s bid to lock down a playoff spot. The Canadiens hit the road after sweeping a brief two-game homestand, capped by Thursday’s decisive 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers as a -150 wager. However, Montreal has scored just four total goals while losing three straight road outings.

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