‘Captain Clutch’ Marie-Philip Poulin ready to lead Canada to gold again

For much of her career, two-time Olympic gold medallist Marie-Philip Poulin has been known to teammates as “Pou,” which probably isn’t the nickname you’d dream up for a player who often headlines the conversation as the best in the women’s game.

After the 2014 Olympics, though, Poulin’s teammates came up with a much more fitting handle: “Captain Clutch.”

“In two words, that’s her,” veteran defenceman Meaghan Mikkelson told Sportsnet. “We call her that all the time.”

And as Hockey Canada announced on Monday, “Captain Clutch” will don the ‘C’ in Pyeongchang as Team Canada goes after a fifth straight Olympic gold in women’s hockey. Fellow veterans Meghan Agosta, Brianne Jenner and Jocelyne Larocque will serve as the team’s alternates.

And with all due respect to the other women on this team, Poulin is really the only option to wear the ‘C’. She has never played in an Olympic gold medal final and not scored the winner. Just think about that for a second.