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30 Players Will Centralize in Calgary, AB in Preparation for 2002 Olympic Winter Games
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April 14, 2001
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CALGARY, AB -– The Canadian Hockey Association announced on Saturday that 30 elite Canadian women’s hockey players will centralize in Calgary on a full time basis beginning , in preparation for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, USA.

The centralization roster includes all 20 members of the gold medal winning National Women’s Team at the 2001 Women’s World Hockey Championship earlier this month in Minneapolis. Twelve of the 30 players named today were members of Team Canada that won a silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

The coaching staff, comprised of Daniele Sauvageau, and assistant coaches Melody Davidson, Wally Kozak along with Gaëtan Robitaille, General Manager, Women’s High Performance, will work with the players on a full time basis starting in August.

"Even if we are only days removed from a thrilling win at the 2001 Worlds, the process to name our 2002 Olympic Team continues," said Danièle Sauvageau. "I am very pleased with the depth of talented players from which to name our team. We have experience, youth, skill and depth at every position."

The Centralization roster of 30 players is comprised of:
- 4 goaltenders
- 10 defenceman
- 16 forwards

Canada must name a roster of 20 players (18 skaters, 2 goalies) in January, 2002, just prior to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Canada will play numerous exhibition games from August, 2001 – January, 2002 all across Canada, as well as in the USA and Europe. Details on Canada’s training and game schedule for the 2001-2002 season will be forthcoming.

The team will get together in Calgary, AB at the CHA’s Head Office at the Father David Bauer Arena, for one week in early May, 2001. The coaching staff will utilize this time for orientation, before centralizing in early August.

The sport of women’s hockey, which made it’s debut at the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan in 1998, has seen a growth in CHA registration numbers in Canada of over 400% over the past 10 years.

CANADA'S NATIONAL WOMEN'S OLYMPIC CENTRALIZATION ROSTER

Player Pos. S/C Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown 2000/01 Team
Joueuse Pos. L/C T. P. Naissance Ville d’origine Équipe 2000-/01
Danielle Dubé G L/G 5’08 145 03/10/76 Vancouver, BC Richmond, BC
Charline Labonté G L/G 5’08 150 10/15/82 Boisbriand, QC Mistral de Laval, QC
Sami Jo Small G L/G 5’07 187 03/25/76 Winnipeg, MB Brampton Thunder, ON
Kim St. Pierre G L/G 5’08 150 12/14/78 Châteauguay, QC McGill Univ. (CIAU)
Correne Bredin D L/G 5’11 190 02/11/80 Warburg, AB Dartmouth Coll. (ECAC)
Therese Brisson D R/D 5’07 150 10/05/66 Dollarddes Ormeaux Mississauga Ice Bears, ON
Isabelle Chartrand D L/G 5’05 130 04/20/78 Anjou, QC St. Lawrence Univ. (ECAC)
Delaney Collins D L/G 5’03 135 05/02/77 Pilot Mound, MB Oval X-Treme, AB
Geraldine Heaney D R/D 5’08 140 10/01/67 Weston, ON Beatrice Aeros, ON
Becky Kellar D L/G 5’07 150 01/01/75 Hagersville, ON Beatrice Aeros, ON
Cheryl Pounder D R/D 5’06 145 06/21/76 Mississauga, ON Beatrice Aeros, ON
Nathalie Rivard D L/G 5’08 160 01/21/72 Cumberland, ON Mississauga Ice Bears, ON
Fiona Smith D L/G 5’02 125 10/31/73 Edam, SK Edmonton Chimos, AB
Colleen Sostorics D L/G 5’04 185 12/17/79 Kennedy, SK Oval X-Treme, AB
Dana Antal F/A R/D 5’07 135 04/19/77 Esterhazy, SK Oval X-Treme, AB
Gillian Apps F/A L/G 5’11 173 02/11/83 Unionville, ON Beatrice Aeros, ON
Kelly Béchard F/A R/D 5’09 145 01/22/78 Sedley, SK Oval X-Treme, AB
Amanda Benoit-Wark F/A L/G 5’03 135 01/22/76 Welland, ON Beatrice Aeros, ON
Jennifer Botterill F/A L/G 5’09 155 05/01/79 Winnipeg, MB Harvard Univ. (ECAC)
Cassie Campbell F/A L/G 5’08 141 11/22/73 Brampton, ON Oval X-Treme, AB
Nancy Drolet F/A L/G 5’06 145 08/02/73 Drummondville, QC Vancouver Griffins, BC
Lori Dupuis F/A L/G 5’08 165 11/14/72 Cornwall, ON Brampton Thunder, ON
Danielle Goyette F/A L/G 5’07 148 01/30/66 St-Nazaire, QC Oval X-Treme, AB
Jayna Hefford F/A R/D 5’05 140 05/14/77 Kingston, ON Brampton Thunder, ON
Gina Kingsbury F/A L/G 5’07 138 11/26/81 Rouyn-Noranda, QC St. Lawrence Univ. (ECAC)
Caroline Ouellette F/A L/G 5'11 172 05/25/79 Montréal, QC Wingstar de Montréal, QC
Cherie Piper F/A R/D 5’05 165 06/29/81 Scarborough, ON Beatrice Aeros, ON
Tammy Lee Shewchuk F/A R/D 5’04 138 12/31/77 St-Laurent, QC Harvard Univ. (ECAC)
Vicky Sunohara F/A L/G 5’07 170 05/18/70 Scarborough, ON Brampton Thunder, ON
Hayley Wickenheiser F/A R/D 5’09 170 12/08/78 Shaunavon, SK Oval X-Treme, AB

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Hockey Canada
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