Former McGill hockey player Mélodie Daoust and Laurier curler John Morris highlight several U SPORTS athletes representing Canada at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
The list includes current and former U SPORTS student-athletes who have participated in the 12 U SPORTS-sanctioned sports as well as athletes who have represented Canada in FISU International competition.
“We are excited to watch our student-athletes and alumni compete for gold on the world stage,” said Dick White, Interim CEO at U SPORTS. “Their commitment to realizing this dream and representing Team Canada at the Olympics is a testament to the valuable high-performance pathway that Canadian university sport delivers.”
A gold medalist at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and a four-time All-Canadian centre, Mélodie Daoust led McGill to three RSEQ conference titles and four appearances at the U SPORTS Women’s Hockey Championship. Daoust finished her illustrious McGill career ranked fifth in points with 272 points in 143 games overall in five seasons.
In the 2012-13 season, Daoust led the nation in scoring with 21 goals and 33 assists in 20 regular-season games to propel McGill to a perfect 20-0 regular-season record, earning the Broderick Trophy as the women’s hockey Player of the Year.
(Credit: McGill Athletics)
Daoust is competing in her third Olympic games and was named tournament MVP at the 2018 games in PyeongChang to help Canada win a silver medal.
The two-time Olympic medalist also has ties to the Montreal Carabins, having served as assistant coach for the women’s hockey team.
Daoust is joined by former UNB Red men’s hockey player, Troy Ryan, who is serving as the head coach for Canada’s women’s hockey team in Beijing. Ryan also currently serves as the women’s hockey coach at Dalhousie University. Kori Cheverie, who was formerly a hockey player at Saint Mary's and current assistant coach for the Ryerson Rams men's hockey team is assuming the role of assistant coach for the women's national team. On the men’s side, former UNB alumnus Tyler Dietrich is serving as an assistant coach for Canada's men’s hockey team.
Laurier alumnus John Morris is looking for a record-setting third curling gold medal after capturing gold on home ice at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics with the men’s curling team, then teaming with former Manitoba Bison Kaitlyn Lawes to win the inaugural mixed doubles tournament at PyeongChang 2018. Morris is one of only six individuals to have two Olympic curling gold medals.
Morris has also captured three medals at the World Championships (including gold in 2008) as well as a Brier Cup gold in 2015.
An Olympic Champion and proud Laurier Golden Hawk, Morris will be one of the many former U SPORTS athletes to look out for at Beijing 2022.
The opening ceremony for Beijing 2022 kicks off this Friday at 6:30 am ET/ 3:30 am PT.
U SPORTS Olympians
Please note this is not an exhaustive list of Beijing 2022 Olympians with ties to university sports in Canada. Additional athletes, coaches, support, medical and mission staff, broadcasters, officials as well as non-Canadian Olympians not captured, are being identified and promoted by individual U SPORTS member institutions. Those not in U SPORTS-sanctioned disciplines have not been included.