Date of Birth:  January 1, 1975
 Place of Birth: Hagersville, ON
 Residence: N/A
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  5'7"
 Weight: 156 lbs

Becky Kellar is among the core group of veterans returning to this year's Canadian Olympic women's hockey team.

Originally a ringette player, because girl's hockey was not available in her Southern Ontario home of Hagersville, Keller eventually picked up the game of hockey at the age of 12 and would go on to earn an athletic scholarship to Brown University of the Ivy League. She would go on to star in both hockey and softball at the University from 1993 to 1997, earning a degree in psychology with a teacher's certificate along the way. Athletically, she would obtain numerous honours, including MVP of the hockey team in 1996.

Kellar's "defense first" approach has been shutting down international opponents for some eight years as a member of the national team. Her first taste of international experience came during Canada's silver medal winning performance at the 1998 Nagano games. And she has been a prominent member of Canada's World Championship teams ever since -- most significantly in Canada's gold medal-winning run at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, where the Canadian women allowed just five goals during the entire tournament.

Unbeknownst to her teammates, Kellar's child shared in Canada's celebration of a gold medal win at the 2004 IIHF World Championships in Halifax. In fact, she was two months pregnant throughout that tournament, and has since chosen to balance hockey and motherhood. After a brief hiatus, Kellar returned to the lineup for the 2005 Worlds in Sweden.

Kellar has proven that she can also light things up on the offensive end, scoring two goals in a Four Nations Cup shutout over the United States last September.

Closer to home, Kellar plays professionally with the Oakville Ice of the National Women's Hockey League and has recently completed her M.B.A at Wilfrid Laurier University in the summer of 2004.

The Canadian women's team will look toward Kellar in their defense -- both literally and figuratively -- of the gold medal in Turin 2006.

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