CALGARY, Alberta – Former Dartmouth women’s hockey captain and 2016 graduate Laura Stacey is one of 23 players who will represent Team Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea from Feb. 9-25.
Canada’s roster includes three goaltenders, six defensemen and 14 forwards. The team was selected by Laura Schuler, who is head coach of both Dartmouth and the Canadian Olympic Team. She is joined on the bench by assistant coaches Dwayne Gylywoychuk (Hockey Manitoba) and Troy Ryan (Hockey Canada), and goaltending consultant Brad Kirkwood (University of Calgary).
The Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team 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.
Team Canada recently concluded a six-game pre-Olympic series against the United States, dropping the first game on Oct. 22 before going on a five-contest winning streak. Stacey appeared in four of those games to help lead Canada to victory.
Prior to being named to the centralization roster in May, Stacey was named the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) Rookie of the Year for her 11 goals and 13 assists while playing for the Markham Thunder.
Pyeongchang 2018 will mark the sixth time women’s hockey has been part of the Olympic Winter Games. In addition to its four goal medals, Canada also claimed silver in 1998.
The Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team will look to win its fifth-straight gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games when the puck drops in South Korea on Feb. 11. Canada’s first game will be against Russia.