By Ottawa Sportspage
Though for all, their connections may not be as out- right like the Gloucester speed- skaters, the Ottawa Curling Club’s quartet, or some locally-raised former NHLers, there is a cast of athletes heading to Pyeongchang with ties to the nation’s capital.
Genevieve Lacasse, a goaltender on Canada’s women’s hockey team is one athlete whose local ties run deep. Originally from Kingston, Lacasse has long spent her summers
training in Ottawa. She’ll be hoping to capture her second Olympic gold medal in South Korea, to add to a collection that includes a gold from Sochi.
Heading into his third Olympic Games, 27-yearfigure skater Patrick Chan has been persistent competitor at the Olympics since he was a teenager in Vancouver in 2010. At the Games he’s totaled two silvers, but never gold. Chan was born Ottawa, though he grew up in Montreal and then Toronto.
Chris Kelly played more than 800 NHL games, the most of any player on Canada’s men’s hockey team. Many of those came in his eight seasons with the Ottawa Senators.