Okanagan Hockey Academy alumni to make Olympic debut in 2018


When the roster announcement for the women's Olympic team was made in Calgary, three local women heard their name called.

The roster includes three goalies, six defencemen and 14 forwards. She tallied two goals, 10 assists and a plus-46 during that campaign.

Canada will try to win its fifth-straight Olympic women's hockey gold medal when the tournament begins on February 11.

"It was an extremely hard decision narrowing down our roster due to the depth of talent on our team; we are excited to move forward with the 23 players chosen to represent Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games", said head coach Laura Schuler (Scarborough, Ont).

The 2018 Olympic roster includes 14 players from the team that beat the United States 3-2 in an overtime thriller to win gold in Sochi, Russia in 2014. Of course, the fact she's going to the Olympics hasn't hit her just yet.

Back in March, USA hockey and the women's national team reached an agreement that ended a pay dispute and avoided a boycott of the World Championships.

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"I always wanted to play on an Olympic stage", Greenway said.

"I'm super excited", she said.

"I don't think that the fans realize how special that is for me, even at the start of the game when they announce the starting lineup and to have the crowd cheer as loud for me as they did or going into the shootout".

Veteran forwards Marie-Philip Poulin, Meghan Agosta, Brianne Jenner and and defender Meaghan Mikkelson are expected to lead the team.

PyeongChang 2018 will mark the sixth time women's hockey has been part of the Olympic Winter Games. This will be her second Games. "We have a great group, a great dynamic and great leadership so it will be exciting", said the top defenceman at the 2011 worlds, who added her sixth silver medal at worlds in 2017 to the gold medal she won in 2012 with Team Canada.