Canadiens hire Poulin as player development consultant


Hockey great Marie-Philip Poulin has joined the Montreal Canadiens front office as a player development consultant.

The role with the NHL team will be part-time as Poulin, a four-time Olympic medalist with Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team, continues her playing career.

“Marie-Philip is one of the best players on the planet and she won at the highest level, which will be very beneficial to our players,” Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes said in a statement Tuesday. “His knowledge, leadership and vision for the game definitely make the Canadiens a better organization. »

The team says Poulin, 31, will join the players on the ice and in video sessions to work on their individual and team skills.

“She is the best in her field and her accomplishments will help us build a winning culture among the Canadiens,” team owner Geoff Molson said in a statement. “His arrival is one more step towards achieving the diversity that we want to establish within our organization.

Poulin won 15 medals in international competition, including three gold medals at the Olympics, where she became the first hockey player to score a goal in four consecutive finals.

She scored the gold medal-winning goals for Canada at the Vancouver Games in 2010, the Sochi Games in 2014 and the Beijing Games in 2022. Poulin had two goals and an assist in the 3- 2 of Canada against the United States in the final in Beijing in February.

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