While Hilary Knight is amongst the names to keep an eye out for in Sunday’s Clarkson Cup against the Calgary Inferno, so is Les Canadiennes team captain Marie-Philip Poulin who is the leading scorer in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.
However, her status for the Clarkson Cup Final was put into question on Tuesday evening when The Canadian Press reported that the 27-year-old forward had suffered a lower-body injury and is day-to-day.
Poulin, alongside Erin Ambrose, did not take part in the semi-final series two weeks ago which took place at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, Quebec against the visiting Markham Thunder.
In an email from a team spokesperson to The Canadian Press on Tuesday, they said, “We cannot confirm whether she will play in the final at this time.”
Poulin suffered an injury in Montreal’s regular season finale on February 24th, therefore, it is possible that she is still dealing with the lingering effects of the issue at this time.
That being said, Poulin is, however, on Team Canada’s roster for the women’s world championship being held in Espoo, Finland from April 4th to the 14th while it is also important to note that she has been captain of the team since 2015.
Of course this will not be Poulin’s first shot at the Clarkson Cup Final as the native of Beauceville, Quebec scored twice for Montreal back in 2017 against the Calgary Inferno who they will face on Sunday.
In taking a look now at Poulin’s regular season statistics, the Canadian olympian has scored 23 goals to go alongside 27 assists, making for 50 points registered in 26 games played. She also adds 12 penalty minutes and a Plus/Minus rating of 39 to her resume.
As for the entirety of her CWHL career as a whole, the left-handed forward has scored 97 goals to go alongside 97 assists, making for 184 points registered in 93 games played. She also adds 52 penalty minutes and a Plus/Minus rating of 53 to her resume.
Poulin was originally selected by Les Canadiennes third overall during the 2015 CWHL Entry Draft. Since then, she has seen time playing with Boston University of the NCAA before eventually making her debut as a member of the CWHL at the beginning of the 2015-16 regular season.
In taking a look at her play internationally, Poulin has taken part in nine IIHF World Championships, meanwhile, she has appeared in the Winter Olympics three times as well.
Following their 5-0 win over the Markham Thunder in game three of the semi-final series, Les Canadiennes return to action and for the last time this season on Sunday as they take on the Calgary Inferno in the battle for the Clarkson Cup.
Ahead of the Clarkson Cup Final is the CWHL Awards Show on Friday evening, being held this year at the Mattamy Athletic Centre at Ryerson University at 7:30pmET. Prior to the event, the red carpet will get underway at 6:00pmET, meanwhile, it will be followed by reception from 6:30pmET to 7:15pmET.
On Saturday, the Inferno will practice at the MasterCard Centre For Hockey Excellence at 1:45pmET, meanwhile, Les Canadiennes will hit the ice at 2:30pmET. Players will also have the chance to give back to the City of Toronto as they pay a visit to SickKids on Friday and MLSE Launchpad on Saturday.
As for the game itself, for a second consecutive season, it is being played at Coca-Cola Coliseum nearby the exhibition grounds, puck drop scheduled for 12:00pmET while it will be available for viewing on Sportsnet.