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Marie-Philip Poulin named captain of Les Canadiennes

The star forward becomes the third captain in team history

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It must have been hard to find an honour Marie-Philip Poulin has yet to achieve.

Poulin has two Olympic gold medals, two gold-medal-winning goals, a CWHL MVP, the Angela James Bowl as the league’s top scorer, a Clarkson Cup championship, and now she is the third captain in Montreal’s CWHL history.

She was named the captain of Les Canadiennes last night in a vote by her teammates and it was officially announced this morning on TVA’s Salut Bonjour.

“Words can’t express how honoured I am to be chosen by my teammates. I truly believe that everyone in our locker room is a leader. This is a united group that will stand for one another. I am so thankful for this opportunity to keep growing and learning from my peers,” Poulin said in a press release.

The previous team captain was defender Cathy Chartrand who remains with the team. Chartrand was the captain for three seasons. She took over the captaincy from CWHL co-founder Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux prior to the 2013-14 season. Breton-Lebreux is also still with the team as an assistant coach.

Chartrand, Ann-Sophie Bettez and Caroline Ouellette will be the alternate captains.

In the CWHL, the captain has more responsibility to be the face of the team, and Poulin definitely fits that mould. The five captains in the league are now part of Canada’s national team. Poulin joins new Toronto Furies captain Natalie Spooner as well as incumbents Brianne Jenner (Calgary), Jocelyne Larocque (Brampton), and Tara Watchorn (Boston).

Poulin has been the captain of Team Canada at the last two Women’s World Championships as well as the 2015 4 Nations Cup. She was also the captain at Boston University in the NCAA.