Date of Birth:  November 11, 1983
 Place of Birth: Unionville, ON
 Residence: N/A
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  6'0"
 Weight: 176 lbs

For Gillian Apps, a member of the youth movement on this year's Canadian women's hockey squad, athletic achievement is in the genes.

Her grandfather, Syl Apps, is a Toronto Maple Leafs legend. He helped the Leafs to three Stanley Cups during the 1940's and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Interestingly, he also represented Canada in pole vault at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.

Moreover, Gillian's father, Syl Jr., played for three National Hockey League teams -- the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings -- during a successful 10-year career; brother Syl III played hockey at the NCAA and ECHL levels; and cousin Darren Barber competed in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, earning a gold in rowing.

Even with this tremendous athletic pedigree, Apps has often mentioned that the family's primary focus has always been to have fun and that she has never felt the pressure of living up to expectations.

That philosophy certainly seems to be working for her. Apps currently studies psychology at an Ivy League school -- Dartmouth College (NCAA) --, where she has made significant contributions to the Big Green women's team there, despite missing large portions of the previous two seasons in order to attend the IIHF World Championships. In her sophomore campaign, she earned a spot on the All-Ivy League Second Team.

Though this will be her first Olympic effort with the women's team, Apps is no stranger to international competition. While she did not participate in the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, she did spend the better part of that year touring with the national team. She also provided powerful offensive punch in the 2003 and 2004 World Championships, turning in multiple goal efforts in outings versus China and Sweden, respectively.

The tallest player on the women's hockey roster this year, Gillian Apps is hoping to continue the family's legacy and return home with a medal of her own, as Canada attempts to repeat as Olympic hockey champions.

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