"There are no easy decisions", said Laura Schuler, who played for Canada in the first Olympics to include women's hockey, in 1998 in Nagano, where the team won silver. "We have some really athletic players that will be joining this roster". She has great experience playing for the Canadians, appearing in three IIHF Women's World Championships for Canada.
"I think when you, as a group, come together united, and you see what that does, and the progress you can make when you are a group of strong women that stand together about something you're passionate about.we made some serious positive change", team captain Meghan Duggan said. Of course, the fact she's going to the Olympics hasn't hit her just yet.
The first female to play rep boys' hockey in St. Albert with the 1997 atom AA provincial champion TD Lightning drew the loudest applause during the pre-game ceremony, similar to the ovation she received in 2013 when Team Canada rallied to tie the Raiders 3-3 in St. Albert, as well as the post-game shootout as the fourth of six shooters for Team Canada. "These players have worked hard to earn this moment and we are confident that they will be able to inspire and unite our country as they set their sights on a fifth straight gold medal for Canada". This will be her second Games.
"I know some people would like to see the National Hockey League guys, but it creates a really interesting dynamic with college guys", Terry said. The 22-year-old has been in the Hockey Canada system since 2011, working her way up to reach this point.
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"I hope the boys realize they are a big part of our journey to the Olympics", Mikkelson said.
Agosta was one of 23 players named Friday by Hockey Canada and Canadian Olympic Committee officials to the national women's hockey team for the upcoming Olympics in South Korea.
He references the 1980 "Miracle" team, underdogs who were also college-aged, but went on to defeat Russian Federation and win gold.