Dal Tiger assists Canada's hockey gold

LeBlanc scored six points in seven games during the tournament. (Photo: Tim van der Kooi)

LeBlanc scored six points in seven games during the tournament. (Photo: Tim van der Kooi)

Jocelyn LeBlanc is keeping her eye on her newest gold medal.

"I keep bringing it to places to show people and I'm afraid that I'm going to leave it somewhere and lose it," she said.

LeBlanc, forward for the Dalhousie Tigers women's hockey team, helped Team Canada repeat as champions at the Winter Universiade in Erzurum, Turkey.

Canada earned the gold after defeating Finland 4-1 in the championship game on Saturday.

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A game-by-game look at Canada's gold-medal run. (Timeline: Tim van der Kooi)

"It was an amazing feeling," said LeBlanc. "Once we won I freaked out and jumped onto the ice to celebrate with all my teammates."

LeBlanc said it wasn't an easy victory. Canada was up 3-0 after two periods, but Finland scored early in the third with 17 minutes left on the clock and looked poised for a potential comeback.

"We just had to bear down, play defence and play our game," said LeBlanc. "During the last minutes of play I felt pretty confident because we were improving as the game went on."

Canada went undefeated throughout the tournament posting a 7-0 record. LeBlanc scored six points in those seven games, recording four goals and two assists.

Aside from Finland and Slovakia, LeBlanc said the competition wasn't too difficult since they easily defeated teams like Great Britain and Turkey by more than 10 goals.

She isn't disappointed with her experience, though.

"The first time I pulled on the Canada jersey for the game against Finland it was pretty surreal," said LeBlanc. "It's been a dream of mine since I started playing hockey."

Glad to be back home

The Tigers are looking forward to having their assistant captain back in the lineup. Since LeBlanc left, the Tigers split their four games, winning and losing two games each.

Lesley Jordan, head coach of the Tigers, said LeBlanc's departure forced her to juggle the lineups.

"If anything, it helped us because certain players had to step up to pick up the slack," said Jordan.

Jordan said that with LeBlanc back in the lineup they should be even better than before.

"She was playing with some of the best girls in the country so obviously she is going to come back a stronger player," said Jordan.

LeBlanc said she is excited to get back on the ice with her teammates and share her experience with them.

But the fourth-year kinesiology student isn't looking forward to studying for the two midterms she missed while she was away.

"Some girls brought their books, but I didn't," she said. "I just wanted to enjoy my experience and not worry about school work."

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