Marie-Philip Poulin has made a big splash at Boston College, in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and as an Olympian. Most recently, she captained Team Canada’s Women’s Hockey team, leading them to a silver medal in Pyeongchang. Her accomplishments stretch out much further than her third Olympics, though, and no doubt she will continue to amaze.

Early Years

Poulin was born in Quebec, Canada, where she spent most of her childhood. She started playing hockey at age five in order to be more like her brother, whom she adored. She still credits him for pushing her into success. When she was sixteen, she played against girls for the first time when she moved to Montreal to learn English. At 18, Poulin attended her first Olympics as the youngest female hockey player on Team Canada. She led her team to the gold, scoring five goals and making two assists, including both goals in the 2-0 final game against the United States. Poulin attended Boston University, playing for the Terriers from 2010-2015 while obtaining her psychology degree. She captained the team for two years, and left the university having set records in all-time points scored, goals and assists.

Professional Career

Poulin played for the Montreal Stars from 2007-2009, winning the Clarkson Cup with them in the 2008 season. In 2014, Poulin returned to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, where she quickly set herself apart as Team Canada’s top scorer with three goals and two assists. She won her second gold medal, leading the team to victory against the United States once again, despite an ankle injury. You can view those highlights here. Poulin has also played in the Women’s Hockey World Championships since she turned eighteen. So far she has one gold medal and six silver medals, as well as several awards for how well she played.

Poulin returned to the Canadian Women’s Hockey League in 2015 to play for the Canadiennes de Montreal, where she led the league in scoring for two straight seasons. She scored two goals in the championship game for the 2016-2017 season, leading the Canadiennes to their fourth Clarkson Cup. Poulin captained the 2018 Winter Olympics team, where the team won a silver medal. They only lost by a point against the U.S. team in the gold medal game.

Although her list of records and trophies is extensive, Poulin just turned 27 in March. Her potential is endless, and she has earned the comparisons coaches and reporters have made to Sidney Crosby. As one of the best female players in history, she is still building her legacy. No doubt she will accomplish even more amazing feats.

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