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Queen does `just fine' in face-off.

HER technique was well tutored but unusual.

It looked a bit like throwing a dog biscuit to the royal corgi in attendance.

But according to the ``Pele'' of North American ice hockey, Wayne Gretzky, the Queen's attempt at dropping the puck to start a game in Vancouver was ``just fine''.

After all, it is not every day that a 76-year-old constitutional monarch is called upon to take part in a face-off, albeit a ceremonial face-off.

The Queen undertook the honour during her Golden Jubilee tour of Canada in front of 18,000 fans at Vancouver's General Motors Place stadium last night.

As the National Hockey League goes, the preseason exhibition match against the USA's San Jose Sharks was a clean game, which the Canucks eventually won 3-2.

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ON ICE The Queen takes to the rink in Vancouver during her Golden Jubilee tour of Canada before dropping the puck in the face-off, inset. PICTURES: PA
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 7, 2002
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