Former Friar Great Genevieve Lacasse Named To 2014 Canadian Olympic Roster

    Lacasse will make her first Olympic appearance at the 2014 Winter Games.

    Lacasse will make her first Olympic appearance at the 2014 Winter Games.

    Dec. 23, 2013

    Calgary, Alberta - Former Providence College women's hockey star Genevieve Lacasse`12 was named to the 2014 Canadian Olympic roster on Monday, Dec. 23. Lacasse will compete in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games to take place Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia.

    The 21-player roster includes three goaltenders, six defensemen and 12 forwards. Twelve of the 21 players competed in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, where Canada defeated the U.S. to claim its third gold medal.

    "I am so excited for Genevieve," Head Coach Bob Deraneyshared on the announcement. "From the moment I met her and she told me her goal was to be an Olympian, she has dedicated her life to making that a reality. It has been a true privilege to watch her grow as a person and athlete. She has developed herself into one of the best goaltenders in the world, skillfully, mentally and personally! Her best hockey is a head of her and I know she will be what ever Team Canada needs her to be to make them the best team they can be."

    Earlier in the year, Lacasse was named as one of the 27 players centralized in Calgary with the Canadian Women's National Team for the 2013-14 season as they prepared for the upcoming Olympic Games. Lacasse was one of three goaltenders that was named to the squad. With that team, Lacasse earned gold at the Four Nations Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 9. In the tournament, Lacasse led Canada in a 4-2 win over the U.S.

    Lacasse has been a member of the Candian National Program since 2009, when she was invited to participate in the 2009 Under-22 camp. Since then, she has won gold at the World Championships during the spring of 2012 in Burlington, Vt. She also competed in the 12 Nations Tournament (2011), twice in the Four Nations Tournament (2012 and 2013), Under-22 MLP Cup (2011), Hockey Canada Evaluation Camp (2010 and 2011) and was a member of the Under-22 Team (2010). Before the 2013 Four Nations Tournament, Lacasse last competed with the Canadian National Team in Ottawa, Canada at the IIHF World Championships, where the Canadians came away with silver.

    During her four year career at Providence, Lacasse broke numerous records and was the captain during her senior campaign. The four-year starter holds records for the most career victories (64), career games played (127), career saves (3,482) and career shutouts (20). She also set Hockey East records for saves in a single tournament (127) and career tournament saves (276).

    With Lacasse, Providence has seen at least one Friar in each of the five Olympic Winter Games women's hockey has been played.

    For more information or a complete list of the roster CLICK HERE.

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