Posted: Monday February 20, 2006 4:19PM; Updated: Monday February 20, 2006 6:06PM
Hayley Wickenheiser helped Canada capture the gold medal.
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G - Kim Martin, Sweden: Coming off a minor injury to her right knee, the 19-year-old channeled her inner Jim Craig with 37 saves in the semifinal shootout upset of the U.S. She will attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth in fall.
D - Angela Ruggeiro, USA: The high-risk, high-reward blueliner -- the best in women's hockey history -- committed some mistakes because of an innate aggressiveness, but her coast-to-coast rush for the game-winner against Finland in the round-robin was the goal of the tournament.
D - Colleen Sostorics, Canada: On the rare occasions when opposing teams actually did exert pressure, this fireplug blueliner -- 5-foot-4, 175 pounds -- helped control the crease for a team that has regained international mastery of the sport.
LW - Gillian Apps, Canada: In a battle for the title of Next Great Player, Apps edged the gifted Sarah Parsons of the U.S. With her size and soft hands (and with Hayley Wickenheiser as her center), Apps, 22, is the leading power forward in women's hockey.
C - Hayley Wickenheiser, Canada: As expected, Wickenheiser, who combines an elevated hockey IQ with extraordinary strength and a penetrating shot, was the dominant player in the tournament. Along with Apps and sniper Cherie Piper, this line owned the Olympics.
RW: Maria Rooth, Sweden: The three-time NCAA champion at Minnesota-Duluth bolstered the upstart Swedes with two goals in the semifinal and the shootout winner. She works for an Ottawa-based company that helps steer European athletes to U.S. colleges.