Golden Knight's Fast '16 named to Canada's Women's Hockey Olympic Team
One of the top players in the 14-year history of the Clarkson University Women's Hockey program, Renata Fast '16 has been selected to compete for the Canadian Olympic Women's Hockey team in PyeongChang, South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympic Hockey Tournament on February 10-22.
Fast, a defenseman, was one of 23 players named for the final 2018 Canadian Olympic roster, which Hockey Canada announced on February 23."It was an extremely difficult decision narrowing down our roster due to the depth of talent on our team; we are excited to move forward with the 23 players chosen to represent Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games," said head coach Laura Schuler. "These players have worked hard to earn this moment and we are confident that they will be able to inspire and unite our country as they set their sights on a fifth straight gold medal for Canada."
The team nominated was selected by Schuler, alongside Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada's general manager of National Women's Team Programs, with support from assistant coaches Dwayne Gylywoychuk, Troy Ryan, and goaltending coach Brad Kirkwood, along with consultation from Hockey Canada's chief executive officer, Tom Renney, and Hockey Canada's president and chief operating officer, Scott Smith.
"It is a tremendous accomplishment to be chosen to represent your country at the Olympic Games," said Renney, who was a member of the Canadian Olympic Team in 1994, where he guided the Canadian Olympic Men's Hockey Team to silver as head coach. "We are thrilled with the 23 players selected and we know they will wear the Maple Leaf with great pride and will leave nothing to chance in their preparation for PyeongChang."
The Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey Team will look to win its fifth-straight gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games when the puck drops in South Korea on Feb. 11.
Fast played in 144 career games for the Golden Knights, recording 13 goals and 44 assists to go along with a +81 plus/minus rating from 2012-16. She played a key role on Clarkson's 2014 NCAA National Championship team and was named to the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament team.
The Burlington, ONT native was a two-time ECAC Hockey All-Star and was named to the league's all-academic team in each of her four seasons.
Fast scored the quickest goal in NCAA Tournament history, connecting just 10 seconds in for the game-winner against Quinnipiac in an NCAA quarterfinal game on March 12, 2016.
Fast plays professionally for the Toronto Furies of the Canadian Women's Hockey League.