Forward Marie-Philip Poulin, will captain Team Canada to open the IIHF Women’s World Championship against the U.S. tonight, March 28, at Sandman Centre.
The 25-year-old from Beauceville, Que., captained Canada at the 2015 4 Nations Cup in Kamloops, and 2015 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Malmö, Sweden. Poulin is a two-time Olympic gold medallist (2010, 2014) and currently plays with the CWHL’s Montreal Canadiennes.
“Being named captain is an honour and a privilege,” said Poulin. “I remember watching the world championship and the Olympics and knowing that I’m wearing the ‘C’ like Cassie Campbell, Caroline Ouellette and Hayley Wickenheiser and all the players before me, I think it’s quite amazing. There are so many pioneers that have worn it, so I’m trying to follow in their footsteps.”
Meghan Agosta and Meaghan Mikkelson to serve as alternate captains.
The leadership group will include Agosta (Ruthven, Ont.), Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont./Calgary, CWHL), Laura Fortino (Hamilton, Ont./Brampton, CWHL) Mikkelson (St. Albert, Alta./Calgary, CWHL) and Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont./Toronto, CWHL). Agosta and Mikkelson will serve as alternate captains on ice wearing the A’s for the duration of the championship.
“We have so much depth and leadership on this team and it’s important for us to continue to build and develop our players by giving them the opportunity to guide our squad,” said Laura Schuler, head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Team. “Our team is confident that this group of players models the leadership qualities that come with wearing the Maple Leaf.”
Tonights opener starts at 7:30 p.m.
Team Canada will also face Russia Tuesday, March 29, and Finland Thursday, March 31, in preliminary-round action. Both the bronze- and gold-medal games will be played Monday, April 4.
A complete tournament schedule and information on how to purchase pre-tournament game and tournament tickets can be found on the Hockey Canada website.
TSN will broadcast 11 tournament games, and RDS will air eight games, including all Team Canada match-ups.
The 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship is the 17th since the tournament’s 1990 inception. Canada’s National Women’s Team has appeared in every world championship gold medal game, winning 10 gold medals, the last in 2012, and six silver medals.