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The oldest member of USA's gold-winning hockey team, Gigi Marvin, still going strong in NWHL

Warroad's Gigi Marvin plays for the Boston Pride in a game against the Buffalo Beauts in HarborCenter on Saturday.

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Gigi Marvin was the oldest member of the U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning hockey team.

After reaching the pinnacle of her career, the former Warroad High School star returned home from PyeongChang, South Korea, and went on a media victory tour around the country.

Then, she had to make a decision.

Does she retire at the top after winning Olympic gold on her third try? Or does she push on as one of the oldest active players in the game?

"It wasn't even a question after Korea," Marvin said. "I knew I was going to keep playing. I had so much fun and felt great. And so far, it's been a great season."

Marvin, 31, is now the oldest player on the Boston Pride, who were in HarborCenter on Saturday afternoon for a National Women's Hockey League game against the Buffalo Beauts.

Marvin has been one of the league's top players this season.

She ranks third in the league in goals (six) and fifth in points (nine) through nine games.

"She's been unbelievable," Boston coach and Olympic assistant Paul Mara said. "She's been great both on and off the ice. She does everything a coach asks for. She plays hard. She battles every night. She's skilled. She's been just amazing for us.

"For the Olympics, she was converted to forward, and since then, she's been dynamite. She has great hands, a great shot. She's great with the puck."

In the lead up to the Olympics, Marvin was asked to do just about everything for Team USA. She played left wing, center, right wing, left defense and right defense in a four-month span.

Marvin eventually landed at forward for the PyeongChang Games, and she turned in her best Olympic Games yet.

She finished tied for third on the U.S. team in both goals and points, despite playing limited minutes on the fourth line. Her Olympic performance was capped by scoring a goal in the sudden-death shootout that eventually ended with a U.S. victory.

"I grew up in Warroad, Minnesota, and you just go out there and skate and you play the game," Marvin said. "I think that helped me a ton growing up to where I ended up in my career. I'm grateful that I've been able to move back and forth (from forward and defense) and kind of know what to do in each position."

Marvin has been able to do that with Boston, too.

She played both center and wing during a 5-0 loss to Buffalo on Saturday—a rare defeat for the first-place Pride.

Marvin said she hasn't thought too far into the future and hasn't made any plans yet on whether to pursue a roster spot in 2022.

"I don't look too far ahead," Marvin said. "I take it a season at a time. Korea was by far the most fun I've ever had playing hockey. I was so excited to come back and play forward, and be center. Our team is awesome. Obviously, we had a tough one today. We'll fix it up, though, and get ready to play the Whitecaps next week."

Marvin did take one second to look ahead to next season, where she said she hopes the NWHL and CWHL—the two North American pro women's hockey leagues—combine into one.

"You want to play against the best," Marvin said. "That's why we need to have one league. I should be competing against (Brianna) Decker, Kacey Bellamy, Hilary Knight, (Marie-Philip) Poulin and everyone. Hopefully, that will start next year. Whether it's our teammates, Canadian teammates or whoever else, you want to be playing against the best."

Do players in the CWHL feel the same?

"Oh, yeah, it's not even a question," Marvin said. "Everyone would play in that (one) league, for sure."

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 14th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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