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Meghan Agosta centre helped Canada win its second consecutive Olympic gold medal in 2010 in Vancouver

She is one of nine first-time selections for head coach Laura Schuler's Team Canada.

At the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, Mikkelson overcame adversity to play in the gold-medal game after breaking a bone in her right hand in practice the day before the semifinal against Switzerland and in the epic 3-2 overtime thriller against the United Sates logged 21:44 minutes of ice time and also recorded her first point, an assist on Brianne Jenner's goal with 3:26 left in regulation time to cut the Americans' 2-0 lead in half.

Current senior Emily Clark and former Badgers Meaghan Mickelson, Ann-Renee Desbiens, Sarah Nurse and Blair Turnbull were named to Team Canada's Winter Olympics squad.

The Canadian Women's Hockey League defenceman of the year with the 2016/17 Calgary Inferno believes she is a better person on and off the ice after the birth of her son, Calder, on September 27, 2015. "We are thrilled with the 23 players selected and we know they will wear the Maple Leaf with great pride and will leave nothing to chance in their preparation for PyeongChang".

Clark has spent the 2017-18 season with the Hockey Canada National Team preparing for the games.

The team hopes to bring home its fifth-straight gold medal and will play its first Olympic game in South Korea on February 11th against Russian Federation. "This is the premier team to play on in the country, and there's so many people that want to be in your shoes", she said.

"Women's hockey is one of Canada's most successful events every Olympic Games and our Canadian athletes have never failed to win a medal since women's hockey was added to the program in 1998", said the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.

Fourteen players on the club won the gold medal at the 2014 Olympics in Russian Federation.

The Canadian women has won gold in the last four Olympic games. "Be sure to cheer on these great women as they make Canada proud". Canada is scheduled to compete in Group A and begins preliminary-round play on Sunday, Feb. 11.

"We've had a really tough schedule, we've played 11 global games so far and about 20 games against the Alberta boys midget teams and I'm really, really happy with where we're at and really excited about our future", said head coach Laura Schuler.

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