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Merrimack’s Delarbre Set To Join Team Germany For Olympic Qualification

Following her participation in the first-ever Senior Day for the Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team on Friday afternoon, redshirt senior Marie Delarbre (Fussen, Germany) will travel to Japan to compete with Team Germany in the final round of Olympic Qualification for a chance her home country and Merrimack in the 2018 Olympic Games.

“It goes without saying that our staff couldn’t be more proud of Marie for her hard work and dedication to our team and the German National Team,” said head coach Erin Hamlen. “She has the opportunity to earn one of her long-term goals of participating in the Olympics, and we will all be cheering for her when she takes this next step of her journey.  We’ll miss her, but we wish Team Germany success in making their Olympic Qualifying bid!”

Delarbre and Team Germany will compete in three games across February 9-12 in Tomakomai, Japan, where they will take on Austria, France and Japan to play for one of the final spots in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The country that wins the most of their three games and controls any head-to-head tiebreaker will claim a spot in Group B of the Women’s Ice Hockey Olympic Tournament in PyeongChang, Korea in February 2018.

“I’m really excited for this opportunity,” said Delarbre. “I didn’t make the cut four years ago because I was so young, but I was still upset I didn’t make the team. But I also used that as motivation to keep working to get better. I believe that God has a plan, and maybe I wasn’t ready yet at the time. So now I’m really happy that I got to be selected, and making the Olympics would be unreal.”

“I’d say I think about (this opportunity) at least once a day as it keeps getting closer. I’m really nervous but also really excited, and I’m happy I get to represent my country and Merrimack College on the world stage.”

Delarbre will be honored at the Warriors first ever Senior Day Ceremony on Friday, which will take place following Merrimack’s 2:00 p.m. game vs. Maine at Lawler Rink.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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