Toronto Pick #2
With Toronto's first ever PWHL draft pick, GM Gina Kingsbury selected Team Canada defender Jocelyne Larocque.
Larocque makes an excellent partner for free agent Renata Fast, and the former Markham Thunder captain immediately enters the conversation around Toronto's inaugural captain.
Next to Fast she's considered a stay at home defender, but Fast thinks she's a forward at least 60% of the time so that's not necessarily a fair comparison. She's disciplined and a solid partner for whoever she skates with.
At 35 years old, Jocelyne Larocque has amassed basically all the hardware a women's hockey player can. She's a member of the women's Triple Gold Club, winning multiple world championships, and Olympic golds, as well as the CWHL's Clarkson Cup. If they move the goalposts and say it's not Triple Gold til she wins a PHWL championship, she'll get us there too.
Larocque has a massive amount of respect around women's hockey, and will likely have a letter on her jersey, whether it's a C or an A. She will go down in history as the first Canadian drafted in this league as well as the first Métis woman to be drafted. She's seen a lot of history.
This is her third league, as she played in one of the CWHL's precursors, the WWHL, and she likely hopes it's her last.