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Poulin named Canada’s captain for women’s hockey championship

Team Canada's Marie-Philip Poulin with her gold medal blows a kiss tot eh crowd after their win over Team USA in the gold medal women's hockey final February 20, 2014 at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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Marie-Philip Poulin has been named Canada's captain for the women's world hockey championship for a second straight year.

The 25-year-old from Beauceville, Que., leads the host team into this year's tournament starting Monday in Kamloops, B.C.

Canada fell 7-5 to the U.S. in last year's final in Malmo, Sweden, and settled for silver.

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Poulin scored both a late equalizer and the overtime golden goal for Canada against the U.S. in the 2014 Olympic Games.

The forward also scored both goals in Canada's 2-0 victory against the Americans in the 2010 Olympic final.

"I remember watching the world championship and the Olympics and knowing that I'm wearing the 'C' like Cassie Campbell, Caroline Ouellette and Hayley Wickenheiser and all the players before me," Poulin said in a statement.

"There are so many pioneers that have worn it, so I'm trying to follow in their footsteps."

Poulin also served as captain at the 2015 Four Nations Cup in Sundsvall, Sweden, where Canada lost 3-2 to the U.S. in overtime.

Meghan Agosta of Ruthven, Ont., and Meaghan Mikkelson of St. Albert, Alta., were named Poulin's alternate captains for the world championship.

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