Biography:

A three-time Olympic gold medalist, Gillian Apps made her Olympic debut at Turin 2006 where she recorded 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in five games 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’ third and final Olympic appearance was at Sochi 2014 where she helped lead Canada to a three-peat gold medal run.

Apps appeared in eight 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 (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013). Apps recorded 27 points in 40 world championship games before her retirement in September 2015.

Apps played her collegiate hockey at Dartmouth College, serving as team captain during her senior season in 2006-07. Over her four years at Dartmouth, Apps appeared in 113 games and recorded 137 points. As a senior, Apps was a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top female player in NCAA hockey and a Second Team NCAA All-American. Apps went on to play for the Brampton Thunder of the CWHL for five seasons, winning the league championship in 2008.

Apps was inducted to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2012 with her teammates from the Turin 2006 Olympic hockey team.

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…