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Forward - Gillian Apps

One of the most recognizable and famous players in women’s hockey history, Gillian Apps more than lives up to her surname. Three generations of rich hockey lore follow the Apps name, and Gillian has carved a place amongst the legends by becoming one of the most highly decorated hockey players in her sport. Using her size, speed, and dogged play, Gillian is the definition of power forward in hockey. Showcasing her talents at Dartmouth College for four years, Apps scored 90 goals (5th all-time) and racked up a sexy 281 total PIMs. In her last year at Dartmouth, Apps was the 2007 ECAC Player of the Year, New England Hockey Writers Most Valuable Player, and named to the ECAC First Team All-League. Straight money. Immediately after college, Apps captured a championship with the Brampton Canadettes-Thunder of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Straight money.

Four gold medals and three silver medals combined in the Olympics and IIHF World Championships so far. Straight money. Tied for the tournament lead in goals scored with seven, third overall in points with 14, and named to the Tournament All Star team in the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics. Straight money.

Like her previous international competitions, Vancouver 2010 was one where Gillian Apps continued to provide her prolific scoring ways.  3 goals, 7 points, +10, and a robust 72:38 minutes of ice time for that sweet gold medal. Straight money.

Beers, cigars, and a camera. That’s exactly how any glorious day should start and end. What’s that, Gillian? Oh yes, yes, yes, leave the gold medal on.

While there aren’t any photos of Gillian in a long figure forming dress (believe me, I’ve checked), it’s her comfortable smile that brings this outfit together. Lucky people can wear virtually anything if they have a great smile up top. Dark, perfect fit jeans and a light blue top compliments Apps’ blue lagoon eyes. Gillian’s photo shoot for Team Canada was by far the most consistent, too. Just like any other Team Canada athlete, the photo guys made Gillian perform some ridiculous action shot. Gillian held a hockey stick and made a guitar pose while jumping. Again, she looked fine, but really? I guess that’s why I’m not a photographer.

As one of the special guests to promote the past Vancouver 2010 Olympics last year, Gillian braved the harsh February weather in Toronto to show off her “money in the bank” hands. Aside from melting hearts with her champion smile, unless you study this photo for more than 10 minutes or something (ahem), you don’t notice that Gillian has virtually no makeup here. Anyone who can pull off the natural look in subzero temperatures at minimalist Nathan Phillips Square deserves a glove tap. If Gillian Apps ever parks herself in front of my net, I’m not going to fight very hard to move her…