Jocelyne Larocque of Ste. Anne, MB is heading to the Sochi Olympics to play defence for Canada’s Olympic women’s hockey team, as Manitoba’s sole contribution to the team.
Although a member of Canada’s National Women’s Team since 2008, this will be the 25-year-old’s first Olympic appearance as she was released from Team Canada’s centralized roster before the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. She has competed internationally with the under-22 national team and made her Team Canada debut at the IIHF Women’s World Championship in 2011. She has won two silver medals and one gold medal with Team Canada.
Larocque has also won two NCAA Division 1 national championship with the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs and joins Team Canada as they compete for their fourth straight Olympic gold medal.
One other Manitoban, 23-year-old forward Bailey Bram, was vying for a spot on the final roster. Bram, also from Ste. Anne, has also played on Canada’s world championship team.