Dawson Creek, BC- Following a tough loss in the gold medal game, Manitoba received some positive news when Halli Krzyzaniak (Neepawa) was announced as the National Women's U-18 Championship Top Defenceman and Most Valuable Player. Krzyzaniak, a third-year Team Manitoba selection, was a dominating force throughout the event and finished the tournament with 1G, 1A – 2 PTS.
Tournament award winners were announced for the 2012 National Women’s Under-18 Championship following Sunday’s gold medal game. Winners are as follows;
Most Valuable Player: Halli Krzyzaniak (Neepawa, Man.) – Manitoba
Top Forward: Sarah Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C.) – British Columbia
Top Defenceman: Halli Krzyzaniak (Neepawa, Man.) – Manitoba
Top Goaltender: Jessica Dodds (London, Ont.) – Ontario Blue
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Marie-Jo Pelletier (Dalhousie, N.B.) – Atlantic
The eight rosters that competed at this year’s national championship include 21 of the 22 players who were members of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team for a three-game series against the United States in Blaine, Minn., in August, and five players who won a gold medal with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in Prerov and Zlin, Czech Republic, in January.
The National Women’s Under-18 Championship brings together teams made up of the best female hockey players born in 1995 or later. The tournament serves as an important platform for Hockey Canada scouts, led by head scout of women’s national team programs Melody Davidson, who are evaluating candidates for the Canadian contingent that will compete at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship next January in Vierumäki, Finland, as well as at other international events.