Poulin, Szabados lead Canada into Four Nations Cup event
Marie Philip-Poulin and veteran goaltender Shannon Szabados headline Canada’s roster for the Four Nations Cup women’s hockey tournament.
Poulin and Szabados were among 23 players named Thursday to the team that will compete Nov. 6-10 against the United States, Finland and Sweden in Saskatoon.
Perry Pearn, who coached the Medicine Hat Tigers and was an assistant coach for several NHL teams from 1995 to 2017, was announced as head coach.
Canada’s team was chosen from 59 players who attended a September camp in Dawson Creek, B.C.
Fourteen players who won an Olympic silver medal in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February, will don the Maple Leaf again in Saskatoon.
“This will be a good test for our players and program as we enter into a new four-year cycle leading into the next Olympics,” said Hockey Canada director of women’s teams Gina Kingsbury in a statement.
Canada has won gold 14 times at the annual Four Nations since the first tournament in 1996, but lost in the final to the U.S. the last three years.
“We have a committed and determined group of players looking to establish themselves as the top hockey nation among the best nations in the world,” Kingsbury said.