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

Canada Marie-Philip Poulin waves the crowd after scoring the game winning goal to defeat the United States during sudden death over-time women's hockey final action at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Thursday, February 20, 2014.

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Marie-Philip Poulin has been named captain of the Canadian women's hockey team for the world championship starting Saturday.

The 23-year-old from Beauceville, Que., scored the equalizer with less than a minute remaining and the overtime winner for Canada in last year's Olympic gold-medal game against the United States.

Poulin was just 19 when she scored both of Canada's goals in a 2-0 win over the Americans in the 2010 Olympic final. She was captain of the Boston University Terriers in her senior year this past season.

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Canada opens the 2015 world championship against the defending champion U.S. on Saturday in Malmo, Sweden. The Canadians meet Russia on Sunday.

Head coach Doug Derraugh of Arnprior, Ont., chose Brianne Jenner of Oakville, Ont., Rebecca Johnston of Sudbury, Ont., Toronto's Natalie Spooner and Lauriane Rougeau of Beaconsfield, Que., as Poulin's alternate captains.

Canada has won 10 of the 15 women's world championships, but the United States has won five of the last seven.

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