Marie-Philip Poulin is one of the top names in Canadian women’s hockey. Arguably, she’s one of the best women’s hockey players in Canada’s history — even the history of the entire sport. Last Sunday, she solidified that reputation by earning her 100th career CWHL point. In celebration, here’s a look back on some top moments in Poulin’s career so far, in no particular order.
1. CWHL Rookie Year
Poulin’s rookie year in the CWHL came during the 2007-08 season. In that season, she led all rookies in goals and assists. In 16 games, she scored 22 goals and 21 assists. She assisted on Caroline Ouellette’s goal in the Clarkson Cup Championship-winning game...as a 16-year-old.
If rookie leader wasn’t enough, Poulin was named to the All-Rookie team. She was also named to the league’s All-Star team, a decision that was made unanimously.
2. Pou’s BU Debut…And a Little More Too
Poulin made her debut as a Boston University Terrier during the 2010-11 season. Her first NCAA goal came on October 2, 2010, in a loss to North Dakota. In just her fourth game, on October 15, 2010, she tied BU’s shorthanded-goal record, which was three.
She led NCAA freshmen in goals and points per game in October 2010, with nine and 2.00 respectively.
She helped lead BU to three out of four consecutive Hockey East championships, taking 2013-14 off to prepare for the Sochi Olympics.
3. National Starts
She also made her debut for Canada when she was 16, taking part in a three-game exhibition tournament in Prince George, BC, with Canada’s Under-18 squad. In that tournament, she posted four goals and one assist. Her senior team debut came during the 2009 World Championships, where Canada won a silver medal.
4. Canada’s Golden Girl
Named to the Canadian team for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Poulin’s best-known moment for that Olympic year is unarguably when she scored both goals in the gold medal match, earning herself a spot on yet another All-Star team.
She was named to the 2012 Canada Women’s World Championship squad, and her gold-medal win there earned her a spot in the exclusive Triple Gold Club, where a player wins Olympic Gold, a World Championship, and (at that time) the Clarkson Cup. She was the sixth player to earn it.
Again Poulin was named to Team Canada for the Vancouver Olympics, where she raised the anxiety levels of Americans everywhere where she scored the game-tying goal just 54.6 seconds before the final buzzer rang and the proceeded to break their hearts when she scored the game-winning goal during a power play in overtime.
5. CWHL Round Two
Rejoining the CWHL in autumn of 2015, Poulin was drafted in the first round — third overall — by Les Canadiennes de Montreal. During the 2015-16 season, Poulin posted 23 goals and 23 assists in 22 games, earning herself 46 points that regular season. In the three playoff games she played, she posted nine points, with four goals and five assists.
With her point total at 95 heading into this season, she was on track to make history. She earned two points in her first game, with two assists, bringing her career point total to 97.
On October 16, 2016, almost six years since her university debut, Marie-Philip Poulin made that history, scoring three points in a game against Brampton.
One goal, two assists, 100 points.
In just 46 games.