Date of Birth:  December 17, 1979
 Place of Birth: Kennedy, SK
 Residence: Calgary, AB
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  5'4''
 Weight: 175 lbs

Team Canada defenseman Colleen Sostorics may only stand 5'4", but at a bruising 175 pounds and with the apt nickname "Stubs", it's clear she has the goods to do the tough work along the boards and in front of the net.

Similar to her idol, former New Jersey Devils defenseman Scott Stevens, Sostorics is ready to face any challenge that comes her way. It's not surprising then that, as a youngster growing up in rural Saskatchewan and unable to find a suitable girls hockey team, she chose to play with the boys, with whom she competed until she was 17-years-old. Sostorics would then go on to attend the University of Calgary, where she would continue to play hockey while pursuing a degree in Economics. After both the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons, Sostorics was named to back-to-back CIAU All-Star teams.

In 2000-01, Sostorics was given the chance to display her leadership skills as she captained Canada's Under-22 team. She played at such a high level that Hockey Canada's brass had no choice but to include her on the gold medal-winning 2001 World championship team. Since 2001, the tough rearguard has been a fixture on Team Canada's blueline, winning gold at both the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and at the 2004 World Championships. She would have to settle for a disappointing silver medal at the 2005 World tournament, though.

When not skating for Team Canada, Sostorics plies her trade for the powerhouse Calgary Oval X-Treme of the Women's Western Hockey League, where her teammates include Canadian Olympic heavyweights Hayley Wickenheiser, Cassie Campbell and Danielle Goyette. Not surprisingly, the loaded X-Treme were crowned league champions in 2004-05, with Sostorics among the top scoring defenders with 23 points (7-16-23) in 21 regular season games.

In 2004, at the First Annual Women's Skills Competition in Calgary, Sostorics proved she is more than just an intimidating physical presence. By winning both the fastest skater and the breakaway relay competition, she walked away as the elite division's overall winner. This victory bodes well for Sostorics as she comes to Turin in 2006 ready to showcase her steadily improving game.

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