AJLNH poll: Marie-Philip Poulin gets a lot of attention
In its most recent survey of its members, the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) asked participants about the best female hockey players and, as was the case last year , the name of Marie-Philip Poulin was mentioned most often.
Thus, if they had the possibility of playing alongside an active female player or not, 27, 9% of the 401 respondents who voted would choose the Quebecer, compared to 20.5% for the American Hilary Knight. Canadian Hayley Wickenheiser (14.7%) and two other skaters from the United States, Amanda Kessel (7.2%) and Kendall Coyne Schofield (4.7%), complete the top 5.
Poulin's exploits on the international scene have been attracting attention for some time now within the NHLPA. In 2021-2022, the union had challenged its troops as to the best female hockey player – active only – and the order was essentially the same. Poulin (43.2%) edged out Knight (20.7%), Kessel (6.2%), Coyne Schofield (5.0%) and Ontario's Sarah Nurse (3.0%).
Hired by the Montreal Canadiens as a player development consultant in June 2022, Poulin has four gold medals from the Olympic Games, including three gold.