On December 22, 2017, Hockey Canada announced it’s roster for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. The Markham Thunder are very proud to congratulate Jocelyne Larocque, Laura Fortino, and Laura Stacey on being selected to represent Canada!
Thunder captain Larocque and 2015-16 Defenseman of the Year Fortino have previously represented Canada at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, winning gold. This will be 2016-17 Rookie of the Year Stacey’s first Olympic Games. The Thunder players and staff have expressed their best wishes for their teammates.
Many had messages for them, especially with Stacey beginning final preparations for her first Olympics:
“I’m so excited and proud of Laura [Stacey] for being announced to her first Olympic roster,” said General Manager Chelsea Purcell. “I was lucky enough to get to know her over the past couple of years through ball hockey. She has grown so much both on and off the ice. I believe her drive and dedication is what has made her so successful. She has a very exciting career ahead of her! I’m looking forward to watching her, Jocelyne, and Laura [Fortino] at the Olympics. Very proud of all three of them!”
Stacey’s parents John and Karen had the following message for their daughter: “We are so proud of Laura! This is the culmination of hard work, dedication and perseverance to reach her Olympic dream. On behalf of Laura we would like to thank the Markham Thunder players, coaches and staff for providing her with the opportunity to develop during her rookie year and their continued support. Go Canada Go!”
From Kristen Richards: “I am so incredibly proud of our three Thunder girls that will be representing Canada in the upcoming Olympics. To Jocelyne Larocque and Laura Fortino, I already know you will both build on the amount of success you’ve had in red and white. You are two of the most incredible athletes I’ve ever played with. To Laura Stacey, as a teacher at The Hill Academy it’s amazing to see the effort and dedication you put in at such a young age to get to where you are today. Your legacy continues to grow and we are all so proud. Good luck girls!”
From Nicole Brown: “Stacey is such a special player. I’ve grown up playing against her from minor hockey to the NCAA level, and she has always been a player to watch! Thankfully last year, I got to wear the same jersey as her and now I can’t wait to watch her represent Canada in the Olympics!”
From Liz Knox: “It makes me so unbelievably proud to see Stacey represent our country and the city of Markham at the Olympics. Of course, it’s in part to proudly ride on the coattails of her success as an athlete but the truth is, it gives me so much joy to see such a genuinely good person, who works hard and who make others around them better succeed.”
A proud moment for @cityofmarkham as three of our very own @ThunderCWHL powerhouse players: Jocelyne Larocque, Laura Fortino & Laura Stacey to join Team Canada and go for the 5th straight Gold Medal in Women’s Hockey in #PyeongChang2018. Congratulations!
— Mayor Frank Scarpitti (@frankscarpitti) December 22, 2017
The Games kick off in PyeongChang on February 9, 2018. The Women’s Ice Hockey competition begins on February 10th, with Canada playing its first game on February 11th. You can view the full schedule by clicking here.