By Perry Lefko
The Brampton Thunder may be defunct, but three of its former players have been selected to be part of the 2018 national team that will represent Canada in the Winter Games, Feb. 9-25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Forward Laura Stacey along with defencemen Laura Fortino and Jocelyne Larocque were chosen to be on the 23-player roster, announced by Hockey Canada on Dec. 22.
The Thunder played out of Brampton when the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) began in 2007. The team relocated to Markham this year.
Stacey is the great-granddaughter of Hockey Hall of Famer King Clancy, who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators from 1921-36. Stacey wears No. 7 in honour of her great-grandfather. Her uncle, Terry Clancy, played for Team Canada at the 1964 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria. She placed seventh in league scoring last year with 11 goals and 24 points in 20 games and was named the league rookie of the year. She was selected third overall by Brampton in the 2016 CWHL draft.
Fortino was the league’s top scoring defenceman last year with six goals and 19 points and was a finalist for CWHL defenceman of the year honours. The previous year, she won the defenceman trophy with 28 points in 24 games and was a finalist as the most valuable player.
Larocque placed 10th in team scoring last year.
Notably, Fortino and Larocque were part of Canada’s gold-medal team at the 2014 Olympics.
Photo: Laura Stacey, front row, is one of three former players with the now-defunct Brampton Thunder who were chosen to represent Canada in the 2018 Olympics.