Biography:

A member of the national team program since 2001, Gillian Apps is one of the longest serving members of Canada’s National Women’s Team. She was the youngest player centralized in 2001-02 in preparation for the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Games, but was not selected to the Olympic team.

Four years later Apps made her Olympic debut at Turin 2006, helping Canada to defend its gold medal. She was third on the Canadian team in scoring with seven goals and seven assists for 14 points and was named to the Media All-Star Team. Apps added a second Olympic gold medal at Vancouver 2010 where she recorded three goals and four assists.

Apps has appeared at eight straight IIHF Women’s World Championships, beginning with her debut in 2004 as a member of the gold medal-winning Canadian team. She would earn two more world titles in 2007 and 2012 to go with five silver medals. Apps was to have been a member of the Canadian team at the 2003 IIHF Women’s World Championship but the tournament was cancelled.

Apps played her collegiate hockey at Dartmouth College. In her senior season in 2006-07, she was a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top female player in NCAA hockey and was a Second Team NCAA All-American. She went on to play for the Brampton Thunder of the CWHL, helping the team win the league championship in 2007-08.

Getting to know…

Outside Interests: Enjoys cooking and reading… Works as a motivational speaker… Affiliated with Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer as an honourary member of the board…Odds and Ends: Started playing hockey at age 12 because she loved team sports… Graduated from Dartmouth College in 2007 where she majored in Psychology… Had her Olympic dream sparked while watching the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games… Favourite Olympic memories include the cross-country team sprint from Turin 2006 when a Norwegian coach gave Canadian Sara Renner a new pole after hers broke, watching her cousin Darren Barber win gold at Barcelona 1992 and watching the first Olympic women’s hockey tournament at Nagano 1998… Favourite quote: “Remember, the shadows are just as important as the light.” – Jane Eyre…