Marie-Philip Poulin Has Refused An Offer To Play For The Lions

BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 17: Marie-Philip Poulin #29 of Team Canada celebrates winning a gold medal after the Women's Ice Hockey Gold Medal match between Team Canada and Team United States on Day 13 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Wukesong Sports Centre on February 17, 2022 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 17: Marie-Philip Poulin #29 of Team Canada celebrates winning a gold medal after the Women's Ice Hockey Gold Medal match between Team Canada and Team United States on Day 13 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Wukesong Sports Centre on February 17, 2022 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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The ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, the Trois-Rivieres Lions, have made a contract offer to Marie-Philip Poulin, who recently captained Team Canada to a gold medal. Poulin however, has refused the offer.

Marie-Philip Poulin made history recently being the only player, male or female, to score in 4 different Olympic gold medal games – 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022. In Beijing this year, Poulin captured her third gold medal and scored the game winning goal for each of her three victories.

Poulin has clearly carved herself a legacy as one of the greatest players Canada has ever produced on the international scene.

In a statement released by the Lions, it is said that Poulin has no intention on joining the Lions organization, but invites them to join herself and the hundreds of players who are working hard on promoting women’s hockey in Canada. Poulin has committed to continue her efforts to one day create a professional women’s hockey league equal to the NHL.

Lions GM Marc-Andre Bergeron might have seen a great marketing coup in trying to lure Poulin with the team, but in the end, the long-term vision of Poulin prevailed over trying to play in a men’s league.

With more and more women taking on administrative and coaching roles in all the major North-American sports leagues, and with the rise in popularity in women’s hockey, it would be no surprise to one day see the birth of at least a professional Canadian women’s league, or the absolute expansion of the current Premier Hockey Federation, formerly known as the National Women’s Hockey League.

It’s true that the women’s hockey olympics is often a showdown featuring Canada and the US followed by everyone else. However, you can’t ignore the fact that Canada has produced a powerhouse of a hockey program to a point where now 8 women are now part of the Hockey Hall of Fame – Kim St. Pierre, Hayley Wickenheiser, Jayna Hefford, Danielle Goyette, Angela Ruggiero, Geraldine Heaney, Cammi Granato, and Angela James.

You can bet that you can add the name of Marie-Philip Poulin to that list pretty once her playing career is done.

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