Marie-Philip Poulin was named Athlete of the Year by The Canadian Press for 2022

Dubbed “one of the greatest clutch performers this country has ever produced,” the Canadian women’s hockey captain Marie-Philip Poulin was voted female athlete of the year by Canadian Magazine for 2022.

“It was definitely at the top of the year. I think in 2022, when I take some time for myself and reflect on it, that’s amazing, not only for me personally but also as a team,” Poulin told CP.

“Sincere thanks to those who voted, but this goes for the people around me, my teammates.”

The 31-year-old forward from Beauceville, Que., this year became the only hockey player in the world, male or female, to score in four consecutive Olympic hockey finals.

Her two goals, including the last, gave Canada a 3-2 win over arch-rivals the United States for a gold medal on February 17 at the Wukesong Gymnasium in North America. Terrible.

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With his quick passing and shooting, unrivaled hockey play and quickness in every situation, Poulin has scored seven goals in his four Olympic finals, including a late equalizer and a second goal. won in extra time in Sochi, Russia 2014.

She led Canada to consecutive world championships in 2021 and 2022 after being beaten by the US to five consecutive titles.

After scoring the winning goal in extra time in the 2021 world final in Calgary, Poulin had five goals and five assists in seven games in September as Canada defended the crown in Herning, Denmark. .

Brian Drewry, sports editor for Victoria Times-Colonist said: “Poulin played a key role in one of the team’s most successful performances in a long time. “She leads on and off the ice while growing in the limelight.”

The Canadian press began recognizing male and female athletes of the year in 1932.

CP’s Male Athlete of the Year will be announced on Thursday and Team of the Year on Friday.

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When he finished first in this year’s survey of editors and sports broadcasters nationwide with 22 votes out of 48, Poulin was called “the last big game player”.

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Swimmer Summer McIntosh was second among those who voted with 10.

Poulin is the second hockey player to be named Athlete of the Year by The Canadian Press after Hayley Wickenheiser in 2007.

Poulin is also only the third woman in a team sport to win the title after Wickenheiser and footballer Christine Sinclair (2012, 2020).

Poulin isn’t comfortable talking about herself, but did provide some insight into why she’s performing when the hockey stakes are high.

“Sometimes you ask yourself ‘why are you training so hard? Nobody’s there, nobody’s watching,’ but at the end of your life that’s what you do when no one’s watching,” Poulin said.

“It’s more repetition, more miles just to be able to one day be ready when that big moment happens. That’s how I’ve trained my whole life. That extra representation, it doesn’t matter when it will show up or when it will matter, you know when those key moments happen, you’re ready.

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Coach Troy Ryan of the Canadian women’s hockey team agrees that Poulin prepares for critical situations every day of her hockey life.

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“She treats really simple moments as pretty big ones,” says Ryan. “If she misses something in a typical repetition in practice, you might find her unhappy with herself. There is a hidden perfection in her.

“I would see a player down the wing in a training session, a little lazy, on one foot and with a 75% shot on target. I coached Poulin for five years and never saw her do it. I have never seen her play half-heartedly.

“When you play with that mentality, why wouldn’t you want to hit the club at the end of the game?”

What is less visible is Poulin’s captaincy style off the ice. The COVID-19 pandemic has ruined the hockey lives of Canadian players for nearly two years in Beijing.

Ryan said Poulin is a promoter of a team culture in which players are free to express who they are and feel their contributions are appreciated, which translates into performance on the ice, Ryan said. speak.

“She is quite easy to follow. She does a lot of good on the ice,” he said. “The things that she does off the ice, I don’t think a lot of people will really see.

“You respect her as a player and performer, and the work she puts into it on the ice, but then she has the ability to make you feel good about who you are when out of the ice.”

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With 97 goals and 103 assists in 166 career games for Canada, Poulin is fifth all-time behind Wickenheiser, Jayna Hefford, Caroline Ouellette and Danielle Goyette.

Wickenheiser, Hefford and Goyette are in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Poulin is among a number of women striving for a sustainable women’s professional hockey league. Her name gives the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) the star power to pursue it.

In addition to the national team, Poulin plays in games and showcase tournaments on the PWHPA’s Dream Gap Tour.

NHL’s Montreal Canadaiens also hired Poulin as a player development consultant this year.

“I can’t wait to see what 2023 will have in store,” Poulin said.

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