IOC Allows Statute of Liberty Symbol To Remain On Hockey Goalie Masks

IOC Allows Statute of Liberty Symbol To Remain On Hockey Goalie Masks

Feb 5, 2018; Gangneung, KOR; USA goalie Nicole Hensley (29) looks on during a training session for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Kwandong Hockey Centre.

A view of the moon rising behind the Statue of Liberty in NY last month. The American goalie went through all the designs on it: the US crest on the top, the drawing of the famous V-J Day kiss on one side, the bald eagle on the other side, and, last but definitely not least, a stamp depicting the Statue of Liberty right on the chin which juts out when shooters take aim. According to International Olympic Committee rules, athletes can not wear items that feature the "wording or lyrics from national anthems, motivational words, public/political messaging or slogans related to national identity".

US women's hockey goaltender Nicole Hensley wore the Statue of Liberty on her mask, uncovered and untouched, during Tuesday's victory over the team from Russian Federation at the Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

USA Hockey spokeswoman Andrea Mazzarelli claimed the mask had been "approved " and the current design would not need any modification.

Maddie Rooney started the game against Finland and her helmet did not show any reference to the statute, located in New York City and one of the most famous landmarks in the world.

Lanny McDonald #9 of the NHL Heroes gives a friendly pat to the mask of goalie Gerry Cheevers #30 of the Boston Bruins Heroes during the first period of the NHL Heroes of Hockey game played at the Fleet Center in Boston, Jan. 19, 1996.

The women's team improved to 2-0 in the Winter Olympics with the win. We'll see how this turns out, but one way or another, we should know soon; Allen's piece notes that a decision is expected before the USA game against Russia Tuesday, which takes place at 7:10 a.m.