Okanagan Hockey Academy alumni to make Olympic debut in 2018

Meghan Agosta centre helped Canada win its second consecutive Olympic gold medal in 2010 in Vancouver

The 2018 Olympic Winter Games will be held from February 9 to 25 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

To young players, however, it came as welcome news.

According to Madison.com, former Badgers players Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight and Alex Rigsby remain in contention for Team USA.

When Canada takes to the ice for women's hockey at the Pyongchang Olympics, there will be some Saskatchewan flavour on it. "Obviously you can dwell on them, but we really did learn from it".

Head coach Laura Schuler named three goaltenders, six defencemen and 14 forwards to the team that will attempt to defend gold in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey Team also features: 14 players who won the gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia; six players who won the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.; and one player who won the gold medal at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

Agosta says going 5-1 in a pre-Games exhibition series against the rival Americans - Canada and the USA have met in every Olympic final in women's hockey - is a good boost heading into PyeongChang.

Fast is a defenceman who won an NCAA championship in her sophomore year at Clarkson University.

"We're going after the gold, no question", Duggan said.

Defenders Halli Krzyzaniak of Neepawa, Man., Micah Zandee-Hart of Saanichton and forward Sarah Potomak of Aldergrove, were the last cuts from the team Friday.

"It's such a hard process", forward Marie-Philip Poulin said. This will be her second Games. "I've always said as long as I feel good, as long as I still love playing, as long as I still want to get better and keep getting better then I'm going to continuing keep playing", said Mikkelson, who is balancing hockey and motherhood in an Olympic year when the national team is centralized and credits her husband, Scott Reid, and extended family for allowing her to play the sport she loves.

Lacquette knows exactly how it feels to be on the other end of that. "I feel like I just gotta pinch myself, or something".

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