Marie-Philip Poulin of Canada celebrates her tying goal in the third period of the women's hockey gold medal game at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Marie-Philip Poulin rallied the Canadian women’s hockey team to their fourth straight gold in 2014. Now Canada is turning to the two-time gold medalist to captain the latest team trying to maintain the country's hold on gold at the 2018 Winter Games.
Poulin not only tied it up for Canada with 54.6 seconds left in regulation in the gold medal game at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. She then scored the gold-clinching goal at 8:10 of overtime to start a big celebration on the ice and back in Canada.
Poulin (29) reacts after scoring the game winning goal during overtime in the gold medal game at the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
"It’s an honor 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, 26.
Poulin, a two-time gold medalist, follows Caroline Ouellette (2014), Hayley Wickenheiser (2010), Cassie Campbell (2006 and 2002) and Stacey Wilson (1998) as captains for Canada.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Meghan Agosta and 2014 gold medalists Brianne Jenner and Jocelyne Larocque will be alternate captains.
Coach Laura Schuler says they are confident in their leadership group.
Canada starts preliminary play Feb. 11 as part of Group A.
Marie-Philip Poulin will lead #TeamCanada’s women as captain at #PyeongChang2018.@HC_Women also selects Meghan Agosta, Brianne Jenner and Jocelyne Larocque as assistant captains. pic.twitter.com/PIqrCoPdt7
— Team Canada (@TeamCanada) January 22, 2018