Canada’s golden goal scorer, Marie-Philip Poulin will lead the national women’s hockey team at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
“It’s an honour to be selected to lead this group at the Olympic Winter Games and to wear the ‘C’ after so many inspirational leaders that have come before me,” said Poulin (Beauceville, Que/Montreal, CWHL). “This is a special group of 23 players and we’re excited to hit the ice together for the first time in South Korea in a few days.”
Poulin, who scored the game-winning goal in both the gold medal finals at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics, has captained the national team since the 2015 IIHF Women’s World Championship. Also chosen for the leadership group as Canada tries to capture their fifth-straight gold medal at the Olympics is three-time Olympic gold-medallist Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont.) and 2014 gold medallists Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) and Jocelyne Larocque (Ste. Anne, Man./Markham, CWHL).
“This is a collaborative group of leaders that continue to inspire and unite our team season after season,” said head coach Laura Schuler. “We’re confident in the abilities of this group and we know they will be successful at guiding the many layers of leadership that we have throughout our team.”
Poulin is the fifth player chosen to lead Canada’s national women’s team at the Games. Caroline Ouellette (2014), Hayley Wickenheiser (2010), Cassie Campbell (2006, 2002) and Stacey Wilson (1998) also captained Canada.
The women’s hockey tournament opens on Feb. 10. The gold medal game will be played on Feb. 22.
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