Hayley Wickenheiser's heirs apparent
Top 4 contenders to dethrone Canadian icon
Hockey icon Hayley Wickenheiser may be replaced as Canada’s team captain when the Sochi Olympics take place in February. So here are the top four contenders to dethrone Wickenheiser.
Marie-Phillip Poulin, 22, Beauceville, Que.
- 2013 worlds: 6 goals, 6 assists
- Why she might may be captain: Poulin possess an unquenchable work ethic and is Canada’s top scoring threat.
- Why she might not: The Olympics is a pressure-packed event and debuting as captain might be too much pressure on Poulin.
Natalie Spooner, 23, Scarborough, Ont.
- 2013 worlds: 2 goals
- Why she will be captain: She was the first Canadian to play on the Under-18, Under-22 and senior teams at the same time.
- Why she might not: This will be her first Olympics so perhaps starting her out with an ‘A’ might be the way to go.
Catherine Ward, 26, Montreal, Que.
- 2013 worlds: 1 goal, 6 assists
- Why she may be captain: Offensive defenceman is bilingual and well-liked by all her teammates.
- Why she might not: Like Spooner, Sochi will be her first Olympics.
Brianne Jenner, 22, Oakville, Ont.
- 2013 worlds: 4 goals, 2 assists
- Why she may be captain: Quiet and goes about her business allowing her play to speak for her -much like Chicago captain Jonathan Toews.
- Why she might not: She was cut from last Olympic team and is still young but does have great leadership potential.