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Mar. 25, 2015

Jill Saulnier is at it again!

Last fall, she became the first Nova Scotian to score a goal for the Canadian national women’s team when she scored against Sweden just 7:22 into the first period of her first game with Canada at the 2014 4 Nations Cup. That goal came just days after Saulnier, along with Stellarton’s Blayre Turnbull, became the first Nova Scotians to ever be named to the national women’s team roster.

This weekend, Saulnier will make history again when becomes the first Nova Scotian to represent Canada at the IIHF Women’s World Championship.

(From left to right: Saulnier celebrates after capturing the gold with Canada at the 2010 IIHF Women's Under-18 Championship; Saulnier in her national women's team sweater; Saulnier and Turnbull celebrate after winning the 2014 4 Nations Cup in November.)

Saulnier, 23, is a Halifax native and a forward with the Cornell University Big Red (ECAC) women’s hockey team. Last season, she was a First Team All-American and a top-3 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, an award given out annually to the top female college player in the United States. She is a veteran of the Hockey Nova Scotia High Performance Program, having represented our province at the Atlantic Challenge Cup on many occasions.

Saulnier and Canada’s national women’s team open their quest for an 11th gold medal at the IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship when they faces the United States on Saturday in Malmö, with puck drop scheduled for 12 p.m. AT.

Canada will also face Russia on March 29 and Finland on March 31 in preliminary round play. The quarterfinals are set for April 1 and the semifinals are April 3, with the bronze medal game and gold medal game on April 4.

All of Canada’s games at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship will be shown by TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada. Check local listings for broadcast times.

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