| Date of Birth:
February 12, 1987
Place of Birth: Ruthven, ON
Years on National Team:
Weight: 145 lbs
Despite being the youngest player on Team Canada by nearly two years, the expectations are extremely high for Meghan Agosta. Her playmaking ability, scoring prowess and foot-speed have drawn comparisons to young NHL star, Sidney Crosby. In fact, Canadian coach Melody Davidson has gone as far as saying that Meghan Agosta is "the future of women's hockey in Canada."
Agosta, who turns 19 during the Olympics, has some experience playing on the women's team. In April of 2005 she was picked as an alternate for the silver medal-winning team at the World Championships. Later that same year she made her playing debut for the team at the Four Nations Cup, capturing the gold medal.
Even Meghan herself may have been a little surprised by her nomination to the Olympic squad. Most observers assumed that, because of her young age and inexperience, she was going to be named an alternate -- practice with the team but not participate in the competition. However, when the team centralized in Calgary in August of 2005, Agosta gave it her all and led the team in goals scored with 19, while tying her childhood hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, in total points with 29.
Agosta, who was too young to play in any previous Winter Games, joins six other women making their Olympic debut. The other first-timers are; Gillian Apps (whose grandfather was Toronto Maple Leafs legend, Syl Apps), Gina Kingsbury, Sarah Vaillancourt, Katie Weatherston, and blueliners Gillian Ferrari and Carla MacLeod.
Before Agosta made the jump to the national team, she played on the Windsor Wildcats, her hometown Junior 'A' team, and was also the star of her high school team. At the 2003 Canada Games she scored the gold medal-winning goal for Team Ontario, cementing her status as one of Canada's brightest young female hockey stars.
In Turin 2006, don't be surprised if Agosta's point production dips as first-time jitters, youth and inexperience could possibly kick in. However, if she plays up to her potential, she could be one of the Canada's biggest stars at the Games.
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