Date of Birth:  May 1, 1979
 Place of Birth: Winnipeg, MB
 Residence: N/A
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  5'9"
 Weight: 157 lbs

Considering Jennifer Botterill's family genes, it's no wonder she's become one of the planet's elite women's hockey players. Her mother Doreen represented Canada at both the 1964 and 1968 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria and Grenoble, France respectively. That takes care of the physical genes. Her father Cal is considered one of Manitoba's pre-eminent sports psychologists. That takes care of the mental aspect of things. And together it makes for quite a one-two combination.

Born in Winnipeg on May 1, 1979, Jennifer showed an early proclivity to sports. Basketball, soccer and volleyball were sports she regularly dominated in addition to her obvious hockey talents. In 1997, she was invited to Calgary to try out for the national team.

While Botterill never thought she had a chance, Canada's coaching staff felt that the speedy forward had something special and included her on their roster for the 1998 Games in Nagano. The team would earn silver that year, losing the gold medal game to their bitter rivals from the USA.

While at the Olympic training camp, Botterill met Tammy Shewchuk, a Canadian in her junior year at Harvard. Although Shewchuk did not make the Olympic team, the two became friends and Shewchuk was soon in full recruitment mode, delivering the young phenom to the Ivy League hockey power. Botterill made an immediate impression, winning the Ivy League Rookie of the Year award after the 1999-2000 season. Over the following three years, she would also claim a pair of Kazmaier awards as the top female hockey player in the NCAA.

While playing hockey for the Crimson was great, nothing was as challenging as suiting up for Canada in international battle, most notably against the Americans. Botterill would prove to be an important player for Team Canada over the years, helping the squad to World Championship titles in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2004. In both 2001 and 2004, Botterill was the leading scorer and tournament MVP.

However, it was during the 2002 Games in USA's back yard in Salt Lake City that Botterill really displayed her all-around game featuring, speed, hands, vision and passing skills. She would notch a six-point game in that tournament as Canada downed the USA to claim Olympic gold.

As the team prepares for what should be another thrilling Olympic tournament in 2006, Botterill - now one of the team's grizzled veterans - will be counted on once again to lead the way to victory.

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