Marie-Philip Poulin has two Olympic gold medals playing for Canada’s national women’s hockey team and she doesn’t plan on stopping there.
Poulin captained the Montreal Canadiennes to the city’s fourth Clarkson Cup last March — she scored the game-winner over the Calgary Inferno and added an empty-netter to clinch the championship 3-1.
It wasn’t too long after that she was invited to move to Calgary with the Team Canada roster in preparation for this year’s Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Poulin’s been in the Team Canada women’s hockey system since beginning with the U18 team in 2008.
“I like routine, every hockey player has their own routine,” said Poulin.
And a big part of Poulin’s routine is scoring golden goals.
At her first Olympic Games in Vancouver 2010, Poulin scored the only two goals in the gold medal game against Team USA.
The performance helped coin her nickname, the Sidney Crosby of women’s hockey.
Four-years later, she one-upped her previous performance during a wildly memorable Sochi 2014 Olympic gold medal game against Team USA.
After the Americans hit the post on an empty net in the dying minutes, Poulin tied the game at two-apiece with less than a minute left.
It was Poulin’s overtime heroics that brought Canada to its feet a second time, capturing the gold medal.
Poulin recently came back from the 4 Nations Cup hosted in Tampa Bay last weekend.
Team Canada made it to Sunday’s final, against Team USA once again.
Her side was on the wrong end of a 5-1 loss, but Poulin stood out for Team Canada.
“Every time you wear that Maple Leaf on your chest there is always pressure,” says Poulin.
Poulin and Team Canada set their sights on another quest for gold in PyeongChang in February of 2018.