Marie-Philip Poulin has rejected the idea she is ready to retire ©Getty Images

Canadian Olympic hockey champion Marie-Philip Poulin has floated the idea of staying on for the Milan Cortina 2026 Winter Olympic Games, rejecting the idea that she is ready to retire.

Poulin, who was captain of Canada’s women’s hockey team at Beijing 2022, when they claimed gold by beating rivals the United States 3-2, is currently taking a break from the sport to recharge her batteries.

She told The Canadian Press: "If the body holds on, if I can still keep up with those youngsters, I would love that.

"The heart and the mind is still there so we’ll go one year at a time.

"But I still love (playing hockey)."

Poulin was part of gold medal-winning Canadian teams at Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014 and Beijing 2022, and also earned silver at Pyeongchang 2018.

Poulin also has two World Championship gold medals to her name, including last year on home ice.

Her habit to continuously deliver in big moments for her Canadian team led her to become known as "Captain Clutch."

Her two goals in the Beijing 2022 final meant she increased her number of goals in the gold medal match to seven.

Nevertheless, her success has not dented her determination to improve her catalogue of accolades.

“Obviously hockey’s a big part of my life and after my career, I would love to be involved, I would love to do something within hockey," she said.

"Obviously that would be lovely, I would love that.

"I still want to play a little bit more and after, we’ll see."

Poulin scored twice in the Olympic final against the United States ©Getty Images
Poulin scored twice in the Olympic final against the United States ©Getty Images

Recently, Poulin’s agency, Momentum Hockey, rejected the idea of the Canadian international playing for Trois-Rivières Lions, an ice hockey team in the ECHL.

The team’s general manager pondered publicly whether she was interested in joining them, but the agency’s statement commented she is focusing on developing women’s hockey and is pursuing the creation of a women’s league.

Poulin and other top level players joined the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) after the Canadian Women’s Hockey League ended in 2019.

The organisation is attempting to form a league where the players make a living wage, with the aim of ensuring the futures of the upcoming players.

"We’ve been fighting to get that league not only for ourselves but for the next generation and we’ll go from there," Poulin said.

"We just have to be patient.

"I think great things take time and I believe in that and we’ll see what happens."

Poulin is anticipated to continue her international career on March 12 when Canada faces the United States in the next chapter of their rivalry.

In addition to Poulin’s activities, she is an ambassador for Kraft Hockeyville.

The competition allows communities in Canada to compete for a prize up to $CAD250,000 (£148,000/$196,000/€180,000) to improve their hockey venue and to play a National Hockey League preseason fixture.