2018 women's Olympic hockey roster has local flair

She'll become the first-ever aboriginal player to suit up for Team Canada's women's hockey team at an Olympics.

An Okanagan Hockey Academy alumni will be representing Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

According to Madison.com, former Badgers players Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight and Alex Rigsby remain in contention for Team USA. The 23-year-old Burlington native has been in the Hockey Canada development program for three years and has played with the national team several times, the most recent being the 2017 world championship. "We have some really athletic players that will be joining this roster".

Canada's roster includes three goaltenders, six defensemen and 14 forwards.

The Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey Team also features: 14 players who won the gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia; six players who won the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.; and one player who won the gold medal at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

PyeongChang 2018 will mark the sixth time women's hockey has been part of the Olympic Winter Games.

He references the 1980 "Miracle" team, underdogs who were also college-aged, but went on to defeat Russian Federation and win gold. "As individuals and as a team we need to believe in ourselves, in our abilities", Agosta said.

Defenders Halli Krzyzaniak of Neepawa, Man., Micah Zandee-Hart of Saanichton and forward Sarah Potomak of Aldergrove, were the last cuts from the team Friday.

Marie-Philip Poulin was the hero in Sochi.

"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 will be her second Games. "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.

"Obviously I have a lot on my plate but I'm just happy that I'm still here".

"I'm super excited", she said.

  • Anthony Vega