Blayre Turnbull joins Olympic team

STELLARTON – Blayre Turnbull is Pictou County’s newest Olympian.

Turnbull and fellow Nova Scotian Jillian Saulnier are members of the roster recently unveiled by Hockey Canada. The team will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games from February 9 to 25 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Former Pictou County Weeks Crushers head coach Troy Ryan is an assistant coach with the team.

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Turnbull and Saulnier are among 14 forwards chosen for the roster that also includes three goalies and six blueliners. They are also teammates with the Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

Team Canada boasts a blend of youth and experience. It features 14 players from its gold medal-winning team in 2014 in Soshi, Russia, six players who won gold in 2010 in Vancouver and one player from its championship team at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

Turnbull played for Team Canada during its silver medal performances in 2016 in Kamloops, B.C. and in 2017 in Plymouth, Mich. Her prior international hockey experience includes membership on Team Canada’s Under-18 women’s team in 2010 for a three-game series against the U.S.

Neither Turnbull nor Saulnier have played with Calgary this season while trying out for the national team.

Turnbull, 24, is list as standing 5’7” and weighing 160 pounds. She collected nine goals and nine assists and was a plus-11in 22 games with Calgary in the 2016-17 regular season.

Saulnier is 25, stands 5’5” and weighs 145 pounds. She had 11 goals and seven assists in 20 games with Calgary.


Blayre Turnbull, left, and Jillian Saulnier have been named to the Canadian Olympic women’s hockey team. (File photo)

 

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Steve Goodwin
Steve Goodwin was born in Amherst, N.S. and has been a journalist for more than 40 years. He has been a resident of Pictou County for nearly 40 years.