While this area has been consistently represented on the Olympic team over the years, there has never been more than one local player on the squad at any one time.
"We've had a really tough schedule, we've played 11 worldwide games so far and about 20 games against the Alberta boys midget teams and I'm really, really happy with where we're at and really excited about our future", said head coach Laura Schuler.
Canada will try to win its fifth-straight Olympic women's hockey gold medal when the tournament begins on February 11. "Obviously you can dwell on them, but we really did learn from it".
Canada's roster includes three goaltenders, six defensemen and 14 forwards.
Goaltender Shannon Szabados, defender Meaghan Mikkelson, forwards Poulin, Haley Irwin, Rebecca Johnston and Meghan Agosta also won gold in Vancouver in 2010.
The first female to play rep boys' hockey in St. Albert with the 1997 atom AA provincial champion TD Lightning drew the loudest applause during the pre-game ceremony, similar to the ovation she received in 2013 when Team Canada rallied to tie the Raiders 3-3 in St. Albert, as well as the post-game shootout as the fourth of six shooters for Team Canada.
"It brings definitely a lot of confidence".
Veteran Brianne Jenner of Oakville, Ont., says with rookies like Lacquette on board, this team is faster than it was four years ago when they won gold in Sochi in an overtime thriller against Team USA.
"It's such a hard process", forward Marie-Philip Poulin said.
The final three players cut from the roster on Thursday were all part of the world championship team that won silver earlier this year: forward Sarah Potomak and defencemen Halli Krzyzaniak and Micah Hart.
"I always wanted to play on an Olympic stage", Greenway said.
Nurse and Fast will be going to their first Olympics. This will be her second Games. "I feel like I just gotta pinch myself, or something".