Date of Birth:  May 8, 1975
 Place of Birth: Sherbrooke, QC
 Residence: N/A
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  5'6''
 Weight: 143 lbs

Attending Harvard University to play hockey in the 1990s turned out wonderfully for Team Canada's Jennifer Botterill. So much so that 20-year-old Sarah Vaillancourt, who just wrapped up her freshman campaign at the venerable Ivy League Institution, will follow in her footsteps and become one of this country's team leaders for the next decade.

Identified early on as an elite athlete, the Quebec-born Vaillancourt attended high school in Connecticut, at the prestigious Pomfret Prep School. As a senior, she was named captain of the hockey, soccer and softball teams. However, hockey was clearly the sport where she would make her mark.

It was while skating for Team Quebec at the 2003 Canada Winter Games that Vaillancourt first caught the attention of Hockey Canada officials. Her high-level play in that tournament earned her an invitation to join Team Canada at the 2003 Four Nations Cup. The team would win silver that year, but would return in 2004 to win gold as a young Vaillancourt played on the top line with Hayley Wickenheiser and Danielle Goyette. At the World Championships in 2004, Vaillancourt was selected as an alternate.

Following last year's scintillating campaign at Harvard, where Vaillancourt scored 25 goals and added 42 assists in 29 games, she was named the Rookie of the Year in both the Ivy League and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). She also was selected to the All-Tournament Team at the NCAA Championships.

As the second youngest member of the Turin squad in 2006 (forward Meghan Agosta turns 19 on February 12), Vaillancourt represents the talented new blood that continues to keep Canada atop the pyramid in the world standings.

2006 Hockey Coverage