Marie-Philip Poulin’s hockey journey began at the age of five.
After deciding that figure skating did not suit her liking, and because of she looked up to her older brother, an elite hockey player himself, she switched sports and never looked back. However, it wasn’t until she watched the Canada-USA women’s gold medal game at the Salt Lake City Olympics when she was ten years old that her Olympic dream was sparked.
Marie-Philip has been a part of the Canadian national team program since she was sixteen and first represented Canada internationally at the 2008 IIHF U-18 Women’s World Championships, where she helped Canada win a silver medal. Since then, she has represented Canada twice in the Olympics and five times in the IIHF World Championships. The 2010 Olympics would serve as her springboard into the spotlight, serving as the youngest player on Canada’s national women’s team. In Vancouver, Marie-Philip would go on to score five goals and two assists, earning a spot on the Media All-Star Team. In the decisive gold medal game against the rival Americans, she scored both of Canada’s goals, leading pundits to question whether the next big thing in women’s hockey had finally arrived.
In the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Marie-Philip cemented her reputation as a big game performer. In a finals rematch against the United States, she would go on to score both the game-tying goal with under a minute remaining in regulation, as well as the game-winning goal in overtime to earn her second straight Olympic gold medal. Her dominant performances in international play have led several outlets to dub her the Sidney Crosby of women’s hockey.
She doesn’t speak a lot but I always kind of catch her eyes. And there’s something in her eyes that spells big-game player. She showed that in Vancouver.
I think about her blocked shots more than her goals. Last year, she blocked a shot against Minnesota that would have torn the kneecap off of most people, or left them useless for the next month. That’s who that kid is.
Marie-Philip is the best player in women’s hockey, hands down. To have her on your team, you know she is going to come through in the big moment.
[I hope I will be remembered for] the hard work…the dedication, and how I always wanted to make others around me better. And how much fun I had when I was playing.
Following her triumphant Olympic experience,
she began her collegiate career at Boston University, where she was immediately an impact player. As a freshman, she was named Hockey East Rookie of the Year and was nominated for the Patty Kazmaier Award, given out each year to the most outstanding player in NCAA women’s hockey. In her four year career at BU, Marie-Philip tallied 181 points in only 111 games played, concluding her career as BU’s all-time leading scorer. In her senior year, she was named best defensive forward in her conference and was a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award.
With her collegiate career in the books, Marie-Philip returned home to play for Montreal Canadiennes (formerly known as the Montreal Stars) of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL), the same team she had helped win a Clarkson Cup championship with as a teenager back in 2009. Following a stellar 2016 season with the Montreal Canadiennes, Marie-Philip Poulin was the big winner at the CWHL Awards Gala, receiving the Angela James Bowl, Jayna Hefford Memorial Trophy, and the CWHL Most Valuable Player award. While still very early in her professional career, she is looking forward to making a dent in women’s hockey and help lead her team to another Clarkson Cup championship.