CALGARY — Marie-Philip Poulin was named captain of Canada’s Olympic women’s hockey team Monday.
The 26-year-old from Beauceville, Que., has worn the ‘C’ for Canada at world championship events and Four Nations Cup the last four years.
“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. “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 scored both the tying and overtime winner for Canada in the 2014 Olympic women’s hockey final. She also scored both goals in a 2-0 over the U.S. in the 2010 final.
Meghan Agosta of Ruthven, Ont., Brianne Jenner of Oakville, Ont., and Jocelyne Larocque of Ste. Anne, Man., were named alternate captains.
Poulin is Canada’s fifth Olympic team captain after Caroline Ouellette (2014), Hayley Wickenheiser (2010), Cassie Campbell (2006, 2002) and Stacey Wilson (1998).
Canada’s 23-player roster includes 14 players who won gold in 2014.
They will attempt to win a fifth straight gold medal in women’s hockey after Canadian victories in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.
The Canadians open the preliminary round Feb. 11 against Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR).