Courtesy of the Boston University sports information department, here’s today’s release about four women’s ice hockey players that’ll be suiting up for Team Canada in the upcoming Winter Olympics:
CALGARY, Alta. – Marie-Philip Poulin and former Boston University women’s ice hockey standouts Jenn Wakefield, Catherine Ward and Tara Watchorn were all named to the Canadian national women’s hockey team that will compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Hockey Canada announced Monday.
Poulin, who finished her junior season with the Terriers in March, will skate in the Olympics for the second time. She scored both goals in Canada’s 2-0 win over the United States in the 2010 gold-medal game and was named Most Outstanding Player at the 2013 World Championship. As a co-captain in 2012-13, she set a BU single-season record for assists with 36 and finished the year with 55 points (19g, 36a). In three seasons and 79 games played at BU, Poulin has tallied 54 goals and 73 assists for 127 career points.
Ward will also be an Olympian for the second time, having been teammates with Poulin in 2010. She was the program’s first All-American after the 2010-11 season, her only one with the Terriers. That year, all four BU Olympians helped the Terriers reach their first-ever NCAA title game. Ward’s 27 assists was a program record until it was broken the next year.
Wakefield and Watchorn will both be making their first Olympic appearances when they take the ice in Sochi. Despite only playing two seasons with the Terriers, Wakefield is second in program history with 61 goals and became the first skater in Hockey East history to tally 100 career goals. She finished her four-year NCAA career with 206 points (120g, 86a).
Watchorn scored the overtime-winning goal to give BU its first Hockey East title in 2010 and her 21 goals, 63 assists and 84 points are the most by a Terrier defenseman in program history. She finished her collegiate career as a plus-40 and was a three-time Hockey East All-Star.
Canada will begin its quest for a fourth straight gold medal on Feb. 8 when it faces off against Switzerland. The gold-medal game is scheduled for Feb. 20. Fans can follow the progress of all four BU Olympians on GoTerriers.com.