2018 women's Olympic hockey roster has local flair

24 December, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Elaine Woods
  • Canadian Olympic Committee

Hockey Canada named the team that will compete in Pyongchang on Friday, and one of those making it is Saskatoon's Emily Clark.

While this area has been consistently represented on the Olympic team over the years, there has never been more than one local player on the squad at any one time.

Twenty-eight players were invited in May to try out for the 2018 Olympic team.

According to Madison.com, former Badgers players Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight and Alex Rigsby remain in contention for Team USA.

Canada has won four consecutive gold medals in women's hockey. "We have some really athletic players that will be joining this roster".

Three goaltenders, six defenders and 14 forwards will make up this year's team, which has already had several exhibition games and aims to win gold in PyeongChang in 2018.

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Agosta says going 5-1 in a pre-Games exhibition series against the rival Americans - Canada and the US have met in every Olympic final in women's hockey - is a good boost heading into PyeongChang.

"It's such a hard process", forward Marie-Philip Poulin said.

Agosta, who will be a four-time Olympian in Pyeongchang, is the lone member of the team that won gold in 2006 in Turin, Italy.

Sarah Potomak and Blayre Turnbull scored 21 seconds apart in the first period and Genevieve Lacasse stopped a game-high 28 shots in the fast-paced and entertaining affair in front of a pro-Team Canada crowd.

"It would mean absolutely everything to me to play in the Olympics again", Mikkelson told the Gazette after Tuesday's 2-1 win over the St. Albert Tire Warehouse Raiders at Go Auto Arena. "This is the premier team to play on in the country, and there's so many people that want to be in your shoes", she said. "I feel like I just gotta pinch myself, or something".

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