Date of Birth:  November 11, 1983
 Place of Birth: Thornhill, ON
 Residence: Thornhill, ON
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  5'5''
 Weight: 140 lbs

Having the same surname as a high performance Italian sports car may be something that's hard to live up to, but Gillian Ferrari can handle the pressure. With her fast and powerful skating stride, tremendous puck-handling skills and strong play off the puck, Ferrari has zoomed to the highest level of women's hockey.

Ferrari made her debut for Team Canada in 2003, but much to the chagrin of many, the World Championships -- set to take place in Beijing -- were canceled due to the SARS outbreak. However, Ferrari and the team bounced back in Halifax at the 2004 World Championship and captured gold in front of over 10,000 fans. Unfortunately, Gillian's play may not have been as good as expected as she was later named just an alternate for the 2005 silver medal winning campaign.

Despite not seeing ice time at the 2005 World Championship, Ferrari was asked to try out for the 2006 Olympic team along with 27 other women later that August. Not considered a shoe-in to fill one of the 21 available roster spots, she was nonetheless thrilled when her name was called on December 21, 2005 at GM Place in Vancouver.

Gillian is one of seven women to make their Olympic debut in Turin. Joining her as Olympic "rookies" are: Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps (the granddaughter of Toronto Maple Leafs legend, Syl Apps), Gina Kingsbury, Sarah Vaillancourt, Katie Weatherston, and fellow blueliner Carla MacLeod. Ferrari will also suit with a couple of familiar faces as Brampton Thunder teammates Vicky Sunohara and Janya Hefford will also be at her side during the Olympics.

Ferrari's lifetime stats in the NWHL are quite impressive for a blueliner: In 79 games, she has 10 goals, 36 assists and 76 penalty minutes playing for both the Beatrice/Toronto Aeros and the Brampton Thunder. Most notably, last year's 2004-05 campaign in Brampton was a banner season, as she recorded three goals and 22 assists in 34 games.

At this year's Olympics, look for Ferrari to be a stabilizing force on the blueline.

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