| Date of Birth:
June 29, 1981
Place of Birth: Scarborough, ON
Years on National Team:
Weight: 173 lbs
Despite being only 24 years old, Cherie Piper is already a seasoned veteran on the national stage.
Unfortunately, she made a somewhat controversial Olympic debut at the 2002 Salt Lake City games. Originally, Piper was not named to the final roster, but after some poor results in exhibition play against the American team, veteran forward Nancy Drolet was cut and Piper was given her spot. Drolet later appealed the decision, but to no avail. Piper seemed to be the offensive spark that Canada needed, as they dominated the competition and brought home the gold after beating the U.S. in a thrilling final game.
After a successful run in Salt Lake City, Cherie was offered a hockey scholarship to Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. As a freshman, she netted 17 goals and 15 assists for 32 points in just 26 games. In 2003-04, Piper missed 12 games to compete for Canada at the World Championship and the Four Nations Cup but still managed to score 10 goals and chip in 26 assists. Joining Piper on Team Canada will be fellow Dartmouth students Gillian Apps (granddaughter of Toronto Maple Leafs legend, Syl Apps) and Katie Weatherston.
Before attending Dartmouth, Piper played in a variety of venues. During her first stint with the women's national team she helped take home a silver medal at the TSN Challenge in January of 2001. In 1999, she won gold with the Ontario team at the Canada Games and then repeated that feat in 2000 at the National Championships. Also in 1999, Cherie played for the gold medal winning U-18 team at the World Championships.
In 31 pre-Olympic exhibition games, Piper scored six goals and added 12 assists for 18 points overall. On a team stacked with offensive powerhouses like Hayley Wickenheiser, Janya Hefford and newcomer Meghan Agosta, Piper is expected to play a more defensive game and may not put a whole lot of points on the board. Still, her undeniable talent and experience will make her a very important part of the team.
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