Montreal Canadiens' affiliate interested in signing Canadian women's Olympic hero

Published February 18, 2022 at 8:20 PM

The Trois-Rivieres Lions of the East Coast Hockey League made headlines today when the team's General Manager, Marc-Andre Bergeron announced that the organization is interested in speaking with three-time Canadian women's gold medalist, Marie-Philip Poulin, about joining the club.

I've played with her, I know what she's capable of doing. Like everyone else, I saw what she (did) at the Olympics. I think she could hold her (own) with us. However, I do not know what awaits her. Does she have another commitment? Does he care about professional hockey? Does she want to take on that kind of challenge? These answers belong to her. I, from my side, all I can do is let her know our interest. If it's mutual, it could go pretty fast!

- Marc-Andre Bergeron, GM, Trois-Rivieres Lions

Poulin just added a third Olympic gold medal to her trophy case this week when she and her teammates defeated the U.S. women's team, 3-2. Poulin had two goals and an assist, making her the first hockey player, men's or women's, to score in four different Olympic gold-medal games. Included among them, the game-winning goals at the previous Olympics in Vancouver and Sochi.

The fact that this conversation is even happening is amazing for the sport as a whole. It's certainly a controversial idea, but isn't that what we're going for here? Breaking down barriers kind of goes hand in hand with controversy.

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