Marie-Philip Poulin joins Canadiens as player development consultant

Team Canada forward Marie-Philip Poulin (29) celebrates with her gold medal after defeating the United States in women's hockey gold medal game action at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. (Ryan Remiorz/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Canadian hockey icon Marie-Philip Poulin has joined the Montreal Canadiens front office as a player development consultant.

The role will be part-time as Poulin continues her playing career.

"It is a privilege to add someone as competent as Marie-Philip Poulin in our ranks. She is the best in her field, and her accomplishments will help us build a winning culture within the Canadiens," team owner Geoff Molson said. "Her arrival is another step towards achieving the diversity that we want to establish within our organization."

In her role with the Canadiens, Poulin will join the players on the ice for practice and in video sessions "to work on their individual and collective skills," the team said in a release. She will collaborate with Rob Ramage, director of player development, and Adam Nicholas, director of hockey development.

Poulin, 31, has won 15 medals for Canada across international competitions including four at the Olympics — three of them gold. She is the only player of either gender to score a goal in four consecutive Olympic hockey finals.

She played collegiate hockey at Boston University from 2010 to '15 and ranks third in goals (81) and points (181) all-time in Terriers history. Professionally, Poulin played for the Montreal Stars in the CWHL from 2007-09 and for the rebranded Les Canadiennes de Montreal from 2015-19, winning the Clarkson Cup twice and league MVP award three times.

"We are thrilled with the addition of Marie-Philip Poulin to our hockey development department," Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes said. "Marie-Philip is one of the best players on the planet and she has won at the highest level, which will be very beneficial for our players. Her knowledge, leadership and vision of the game certainly make the Canadiens a better organization."

The Canadiens will host a media availability with Poulin later Tuesday.

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