Team Canada unveils Olympic team roster in women's hockey

24 December 2017, 12:33 | Andres Norman

Hamilton's Laura Fortino has been named to the Canadian women's Olympic hockey roster for the 2018 Games in South Korea. Hockey Canada

Hamilton's Laura Fortino has been named to the Canadian women's Olympic hockey roster for the 2018 Games in South Korea

Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), have announced the 23-player roster that has been nominated to represent Team Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Feb. 9-25 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The St. Albert defenceman is playing for a spot at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games despite the glowing Olympic resume and seven appearances at the IIHF worlds with Team Canada.

"We've had a really tough schedule, we've played 11 global games so far and about 20 games against the Alberta boys midget teams and I'm really, really happy with where we're at and really excited about our future", said head coach Laura Schuler.

According to Madison.com, former Badgers players Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight and Alex Rigsby remain in contention for Team USA.

She has won three silver medals at the World Championship (2015, 2016, 2017), while also winning back-to-back gold medals at the World Women's U18 Championship (2012, 2013). "Obviously you can dwell on them, but we really did learn from it".

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The roster includes three goalies, six defencemen and 14 forwards. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Agosta was named MVP.

"It's such a hard process", forward Marie-Philip Poulin said. "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.

Sarah Potomak and Blayre Turnbull scored 21 seconds apart in the first period and Genevieve Lacasse stopped a game-high 28 shots in the fast-paced and entertaining affair in front of a pro-Team Canada crowd. Of course, the fact she's going to the Olympics hasn't hit her just yet.

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

"I'm super excited", she said.

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