Team Canada Women’s Team announced for the Olympics at Beijing 2022

Yesterday, the “Team Canada” Olympics Twitter page announced the 23 women who will represent the nation in Beijing.
The women get ready to avenge their loss to the rival Americans, who they lost 3-2 against in the Gold medal game in the 2018 Winter Olympics, winning the Silver. The Canadians had been on a Gold-winning streak since 2002, four years of Gold in a row, until the Americans broke that combo.
Team Canada will bring 13 returning players this year, with 10 fresh faces to round out the team. Principal returnees are forwards Marie-Philippe Poulin and Rebecca Johnston, who are both returning for their fourth Olympics and seeking their third Gold medals.
Here is the full team for this quadrennial competition:
GoaltendersKristen Campbell (Brandon, MB)Ann-Renée Desbiens (La Malbaie, QC)Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, AB)
DefenceErin Ambrose (Keswick, ON)Ashton Bell (Deloraine, MB)Renata Fast (Burlington, ON)Jocelyne Larocque (Ste. Anne, MB)Ella Shelton (Ingersoll, ON)Claire Thompson (Toronto, ON)Micah Zandee-Hart (Saanichton, BC)
ForwardsEmily Clark (Saskatoon, SK)Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, QC)Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, ON)Brianne Jenner (Oakville, ON)Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, ON)Emma Maltais (Burlington, ON)Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, ON)Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, QC)Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ON)Jillian Saulnier (Halifax, NS)Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, ON)Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, ON)Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton, NS)
(Thanks to eliteprospects.com for all of the player profiles, and to olympic.ca for the player list)
With only 6 players from the GTA, the Olympic team certainly isn’t taking cues from the Maple Leafs on how to build a hockey team. Perhaps that’s for the best, as much as we love the players that have come home in Toronto…
After leading Canada in scoring in the previous Olympics, Melodie Daoust is back on the team again, and will certainly play an important role, and being the MVP in the 2021 World Championships.
In between Daoust topping Canada’s scoring charts, it was Natalie Spooner who led the team in the 2019 World Championships, where Canada failed to make the final round and only secured Bronze, with Finland losing to USA in the final.
But as you saw, Canada won the tournament last year, so they’re in a good position to win again in the Olympics.
On the back end, one of the major returnees is veteran Jocelyn Larocque, who has been the focal point of Canada’s defense post-Vancouver in 2010.
Gearing up for the Olympics, Larocque …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Coach compares Precious Achiuwa to Draymond Green

Raptors: Coach compares Precious Achiuwa to Draymond Green

The Toronto Raptors decided to turn the page on the Kyle Lowry era, as a trade that sent him to the Miami Heat brought back a return package headline by former All-Star Goran Dragic and 2020 first-round pick Precious Achiuwa. Achiuwa may not have set the world on fire by averaged 5.0 points and 3.4 […]
Raptors: Coach compares Precious Achiuwa to Draymond Green – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Page 6ix Wednesday, June 2nd: The Leafs lost, again, so let’s see what they have to say about it

 
Welcome to a grumpy special edition of Page 6ix: Locker room cleanout. For today’s column, your writer is feeling salty and therefore will just be dumping the Leafs locker room cleanout quotes in here and snarking about them. There are many tweets from many reporters about what the players said, so I collected some of them and shared my brief gut response.
 
I want to preface, though, with this:

As a Leafs fan I can withstand watching a lot of hard hockey things.
There is one thing I have no desire to ever watch and that is Jack Campbell crying in a post game presser after he was one of maybe four players who actually showed the fuck up for that series.
— Mer (@MerOutLoud) June 1, 2021

Alright, let’s do the thing.
First up is the captain John Tavares, and honestly there isn’t anything to snark on here because I’m just glad he’s doing better:

John Tavares: “Personally from the injury, I’m doing really well and continuing to progress. I feel very fortunate considering what I went through, the traumatic nature of the injury. I haven’t seen it myself, just seen a few images.”
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_ …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Pavel Gogolev signs AHL deal with Toronto Marlies

On the AHL transactions page today was the Marlies addition of a 6’1″ Russian LW, Pavel Gogolev. If his name sounds familiar that is because he scores at least 5 goals on every Semyon Der-Arguchintsev highlight reel. The pair of Russians were teammates on Peterborough for parts of 3 seasons from 2016-18, joined by Nick Robertson in 2017.
Gogolev and SDA showed some incredible chemistry, Der-Arguchintsev being an elite passer and Gogolev a top end finisher.

Good goal and nice moves by Peterborough prospect Pavel Gogolev.https://t.co/qvlfkNPbn7 … #OHL pic.twitter.com/hGcKnKL0tT
— Eliteprospects (@eliteprospects) October 12, 2018

Gogolev would eventually be traded to Guelph, picking up some championship experience in the OHL finals. He led the Storm with 96 points and 45 goals in 63 games in 19-20, good for 6th in the OHL.

Fourth year OHLer Pavel Gogolev led the charge for @Storm_City with a 9⃣6⃣-point production, finishing sixth overall in league scoring and fourth in goals with 4⃣5⃣ on the campaign pic.twitter.com/KMAL5T9bEU
— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) April 21, 2020

You are watching Pavel Gogolev of the OHL’s Guelph Storm. He is considered one of the best pure goal scorers in the entire CHL. Watch the NHL release!#brightfuture pic.twitter. …

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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation