In her first two Olympic appearances, Marie-Philip Poulin established herself as a big game performer. At Sochi 2014 she was Canada’s leading scorer with three goals and two assists. Two of those goals came in the thrilling final against the United States when she scored the equalizer with just 55 seconds to play in the third period and added the overtime winner to give Canada its fourth straight Olympic gold medal in women’s ice hockey. Four years earlier, at age 18, she had been the youngest member of the team that won gold at Vancouver 2010. There she scored five goals and two assists, earning her a spot on the Media All-Star Team. Again, two of those goals came in the gold medal game against the United States in which she was the lone goal scorer in a 2-0 victory.

Poulin has been with the national team program since 2007, winning silvers at the IIHF U-18 Women’s World Championships in 2008 and 2009. In 2009 she also made her debut at the IIHF Women’s World Championship and now has six silver medals to go with the gold won in 2012. Poulin was the leading scorer at the 2013 edition of the world championships, with six goals and six assists, and was named tournament MVP, top forward and a media all-star. She began serving as team captain at the world championships in 2015 and was the team’s top scorer at the 2017 Worlds with two goals and four assists. Poulin began her collegiate career at Boston University in 2010-11, helping the Terriers reach the championship game of the NCAA Frozen Four while being nominated for the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top female player in NCAA hockey.

In 2012-13 she served as team co-captain as the Terriers returned to the Frozen Four championship game. She was a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award again in 2014-15. Before university, Poulin played for the Montreal Stars of the CWHL. She helped the team win the Clarkson Cup in 2008-09, one season after she was league Rookie of the Year. After graduation, she returned to the CWHL in 2015-16, playing for Les Canadiennes de Montréal, and was named league MVP. She repeated as MVP in 2016-17, serving as captain of the Clarkson Cup champions.


Getting into the Sport: Started playing hockey at age five… Had started figure skating when she was four but didn’t like it;  wanted to be like her brother so her parents let her try hockey… Outside Interests: Enjoys playing golf… Majored in Psychology at Boston University… Odds and Ends: Favourite NHL team: Montréal Canadiens… Had her Olympic dream sparked while watching the Canada-USA women’s gold medal game at Salt Lake City 2002… Favourite motto: Fall seven times, stand up eight…