| Date of Birth:
May 25, 1979
Place of Birth: Montreal, QC
Years on National Team:
Weight: 171 lbs
Caroline Ouellette is the type of player that any hockey team would be lucky to have. She's big, strong, skilled, versatile and has eight years of international hockey experience.
In an interesting strategic move, Coach Melody Davidson named Ouellette to the team as a defender rather than in her usual role as a power-forward. Davidson claims that moving Ouellette to the blueline will bolster Canada's defense and provide it with much-needed offensive spark. Judging by exhibition play, it appears the move has paid off. In 32 games, Ouellette has tallied eight goals and added 11 assists, all from the blueline. In a game against the Americans at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN, Ouellette scored on the first shot of the game and later chipped in with her second goal as Canada beat the U.S. 4-2.
Her success continued at the Torino Ice Pre-Olympic Tournament in Turin, Italy. There she received multiple awards including top defensive player and tournament MVP. She was also named to the tournament's All-Star team along with Canadian superstar Hayley Wickenheiser and goaltender Kim St-Pierre.
Ouellette, like many of the other women on the Canadian team, developed her skills in the National U-22 program and at the collegiate level. She played hockey in her hometown at Montreal's Concordia University before transferring to the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she eventually became the team's captain. In a legendary game, Ouellette played through near intolerable pain when she scored the game-winning goal with 1:34 remaining in the match. Ouellette had been slashed on the hand in the first period and, as she found out later, a finger was broken.
Ouellette has also been a dominant force for Canada at the Women's World Hockey Championships. Since making her debut in 1999 she has won four gold medals and one silver.
For Canada to succeed in Turin, Ouellette definitely has to be in top form. Her size, strength and skill will make her a very intimidating force on the blueline and in front of the net. Due to the fact that she's playing defense, her point totals will not be as high as in previous years, but there's not doubt she'll be there to make a great play in the clutch when it's needed.
2006 Hockey Coverage