Vancouver police officer Meghan Agosta headed to NHL All Star weekend

Three-time gold medallist renews Canada/U.S. rivalry

Meghan Agosta is getting another crack at those damn Americans.

The three-time Olympic gold medallist has been selected to take part in the three-on-three Elite Women’s contest during NHL All Star weekend in St. Louis on Jan. 24.  

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The game pits Team Canada versus the U.S., a rivalry the Vancouver Police Department constable has mucho familiarity with.

Agosta has faced off against the American side numerous times over her 16-year international career, besting the Yanks at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics. The Canadians dusted off the Swedes 4-1 in the 2006 gold medal final.

The Americans won the 2018 gold medal game 3-2 in a shootout, with Agosta finishing the tournament with five points in five games.

Agosta’s most impressive showing for the red and white came on home turf, when she led the Canadians to gold in 2010 with a tournament-leading 15 points (nine goals and six assists). That offensive smoke show led Agosta to garner the Most Valuable Player and Best Forward awards.

Agosta took a break from the national team following the 2014 Games to join the Vancouver Police Department, and has previously told the Courier she intends to represent Canada at the 2022 Olympics in China.

 

Canada’s roster come next week is rounded out by Mélodie Daoust, Rebecca Johnston, Sarah Nurse, Marie-Philip Poulin, Natalie Spooner, Blayre Turnbull, Renata Fast, Laura Fortino, Ann-Renée Desbiens and head coach Jayna Hefford.

The 20 players on the two teams have combined for 39 Olympic and 109 World Championship medals.

The game will be played over two, 10-minutes periods followed by a three-minute overtime session in the event of a tie.

The game will be aired on both CBC and Sportsnet beginning at 4:30 p.m.

@JohnKurucz

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