Team Canada is rolling in the Winter Olympic women’s ice hockey tournament in Torino, Italy.
The Canadians, who entered the tournament ranked first in the world, are undefeated (3-0) and have outscored their three Pool A opponents, 36-1.
There is a Penguins connection to Team Canada. Forward Gillian Apps is a daughter of former Pittsburgh Penguin Syl Apps. He played six full seasons and parts of two others with the Penguins from the 1970-71 season to 1977-78. Gillian’s grandfather, also named Syl Apps, won three Stanley Cup championships with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1940s and was enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Gillian, one of Canada’s rising stars, recorded a hat-trick in Tuesday’s 8-1 win over Sweden. Playing on Team Canada’s first line with Cherie Piper and Hayley Wickenheiser, the 22-year-old now has five goals and four assists in the tournament. She scored two goals and added three assists in a 16-0 rout of Italy to open the tournament and added one assist in a 12-0 shutout of Russia.
Team Canada moves on to the semifinal round on Friday.