CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced on Friday the 35 skaters (forwards and defencemen) who have been invited to the National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp, August 6-15 at the Mastercard Centre in Toronto, Ont.
Thirty-four of the 35 athletes selected to take part in the camp also participated in the National Women’s Under-18 Team strength and conditioning camp in May in Calgary. Invitations to the May strength and conditioning camp were based on evaluations done by Hockey Canada regional scouts during the 2009-10 season. These evaluations included players’ performances with their club teams, along with the 2009 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Surrey, B.C.
Four goaltenders will be selected for the camp following the National Women’s Program goaltending camp, scheduled for August 1-5 at the Mastercard Centre.
Hockey Canada will use the August selection camp to select 22 players for a three-game series against the United States’ Women’s Under-18 Select Team in Lake Placid, N.Y., August 18, 19 and 21. Following the three-game series, Hockey Canada’s regional scouts, along with the under-18 coaching staff, will evaluate players with their club teams, with the goal of selecting a team for the 2011 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship, next spring in Sweden.
The selection roster features two players, Erin Ambrose and Emily Fulton, who helped win Canada’s first-ever women’s U18 gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago, Ill. in April.
The National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp will see the 35 skaters divided into two teams – Red and White – which will take part in practices and intersquad games. The camp will be held in conjunction with the National Women’s Under-22 Team selection camp, and will see the U18 teams take on teams of U22 hopefuls – Blue and Yellow.
National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp – breakdown by province
Ontario – 16 (Ambrose, Edney, Fulton, Gagne, Kosta, Leck, Mercer, Repaci, Robson, Roesler, Shields, Stacey, Stoneburgh, Tougas, Zgraja, Zuback)
Alberta – 5 (Helfrich, Josephs, Murray, Odland, Sowchuk)
Quebec – 5 (Davidson, Frazer, Legault, Pauck-Therrien, Porlier)
Manitoba – 4 (Bram, Dufault, Grenier, Woloschuk)
Nova Scotia – 2 (Crossley, Turnbull)
Prince Edward Island – 1 (MacAuley)
New Brunswick – 1 (MacDonnell)
Saskatchewan – 1 (Howe)
In addition to the camp, Hockey Canada will be holding a number of development activities in Toronto. For more information, and to register, CLICK HERE.
For more information on Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca.