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Hockey star Marie-Philip Poulin named Canada’s top athlete of 2022

Marie-Philip Poulin, seen above celebrating Canada's gold-medal victory at the Olympics, was named the Norther Star Award winner as Canada's top athlete of 2022 on Wednesday.

Marie-Philip Poulin, seen above celebrating Canada's gold-medal victory at the Olympics, was named the Norther Star Award winner as Canada's top athlete of 2022 on Wednesday.

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Poulin wins Northern Star Award, formerly known as Lou Marsh Trophy

Canada captain Marie-Philip Poulin has won the 2022 Northern Star Award, making her the first women's hockey player to claim the honour given annually to Canada's athlete of the year.

The 31-year-old Beauceville, Que., forward led Canada's women's hockey team to both a world title and Olympic gold — scoring twice in a 3-2 win over the U.S. in the championship game in Beijing.

Poulin finished second in scoring at the Beijing Games with 17 points, one behind teammate Sarah Nurse.

She had 10 points in seven games at the world championship in Denmark, including an assist on Brianne Jenner's opening goal in a 2-1 win over the U.S. in the gold-medal game.

WATCH | Poulin's pair powers Canada to Olympic gold medal:

'Captain Clutch' Poulin scores twice to lead Canada to another Olympic gold medal

10 months agoDuration1:57Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice and had three points, including the Olympic gold medal winning goal for a third time, as Canada defeated the United States 3-2 in the final game of Beijing 2022.

Poulin is the first female hockey player to win the award, and the ninth hockey player overall. Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was the last to win in 2015.

Media members from across Canada voted Wednesday on the annual Toronto Star award. Other contenders included tennis player Felix Auger-Aliassime, golfer Brooke Henderson, swimmer Summer McIntosh, speed skater Isabelle Weidemann, soccer player Alphonso Davies, Colorado Avalanche defenceman Cale Makar and B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke.

The Northern Star Award has been handed out annually since 1936.

Until this year it was named the Lou Marsh Award after a former football player and NHL referee who spent more than 40 years working in the Toronto Star's sports department.

The award was recently renamed after concerns surfaced in recent years over some of the racist language used in Marsh's writing.

Poulin is also a nominee for the The Canadian Press female athlete of the year award, which will be announced on Dec. 28.

WATCH | Poulin leads Canada to gold at world championship:

Canada edges United States for world championship gold medal

3 months agoDuration2:39Oakville, Ont.'s Brianne Jenner scored both of Canada's goals en route to a 2-1 victory over their international rivals in the tournament final.

The Canadian Press 

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