Jillian Saulnier first wore the maple leaf internationally as a member of the under-18 national team. She won silver with Team Canada at the IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship in 2009 before capturing gold at the tournament in 2010 where she scored four goals and six assists in five games. Saulnier made her debut with the National Women’s Team at the Four Nations Cup in the fall of 2014, helping Canada win gold. She went on to become the first player from Nova Scotia to compete at the IIHF Women’s World Championship in 2015, helping Canada to a silver medal. She returned to the worlds in 2016, scoring one goal as Canada won another silver.
In January 2017, Saulnier captained Canada’s National Women’s Development Team to silver at the Nations Cup in Füssen, Germany. She was not named, however, to the 2017 world championship team, making her realize how much she loved representing Canada and giving her the motivation to work even harder to make her Olympic dream come true.
Saulnier began her collegiate career at Cornell University in 2011-12 and was named the Ivy League and ECAC Rookie of the Year. As a junior in 2013-14 she was a First Team All-American, Ivy League Co-Player of the Year and a top-three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award given to the best female hockey player in the NCAA. After graduation, she signed with the Calgary Inferno of the CWHL, winning the Clarkson Cup in 2015-16.
A little more about Jillian
Getting into the Sport: Started playing hockey at age 5… Her father built an ice rink in their backyard so her younger brother could play and she copied him… Outside Interests: Graduated from Cornell University in 2015 with a degree in Agriculture and Life Sciences… Loves spending down time at her cottage in Nova Scotia where she rides motorcycles… Plays guitar… Has a passion for business and entrepreneurship… Odds and Ends: Favorite NHL Team is the Montreal Canadiens… Names Clara Hughes as her idol in sport… While watching the Salt Lake City 2002 women’s hockey gold medal game on TV, her mom took a photo of her standing in front of the team as they sang O Canada; she wants her mom to take that picture again but with her actually standing on the blueline instead of in front of the TV… Favourite motto: The will to win must overcome the fear of losing (it is also her grandfather’s motto to help deal with his Parkinson’s diagnosis which came just before she left for Olympic centralization)…
Notable International Results
IIHF World Championships: 2016 – SILVER; 2015 – SILVER