Olympic hockey: Former Clarkson player Fast named to Canadian Olympic team

A handful of current and former Wisconsin Badgers hockey players have punched their tickets to the Winter Olympics, although not for Team USA.

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. She tallied two goals, 10 assists and a plus-46 during that campaign.

When Canada takes to the ice for women's hockey at the Pyongchang Olympics, there will be some Saskatchewan flavour on it.

"It was an extremely hard decision narrowing down our roster due to the depth of talent on our team; we are excited to move forward with the 23 players chosen to represent Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games", said head coach Laura Schuler (Scarborough, Ont). Canada will start the tournament in Group A as it will play the Olympic athletes from Russian Federation on February 11.

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

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Fast is a defenceman who won an NCAA championship in her sophomore year at Clarkson University.

"This includes gold medals at the last four Olympic Winter Games and with a reputation like that, all eyes will be on Canada in PyeongChang. As individuals and as a team we need to believe in ourselves, in our abilities", Agosta said.

The final three players cut from the roster on Thursday were all part of the world championship team that won silver earlier this year: forward Sarah Potomak and defencemen Halli Krzyzaniak and Micah Hart.

Marie-Philip Poulin was the hero in Sochi. Of course, the fact she's going to the Olympics hasn't hit her just yet. "I've always said as long as I feel good, as long as I still love playing, as long as I still want to get better and keep getting better then I'm going to continuing keep playing", said Mikkelson, who is balancing hockey and motherhood in an Olympic year when the national team is centralized and credits her husband, Scott Reid, and extended family for allowing her to play the sport she loves.

  • Darren Santiago