CALGARY, ALBERTA - Canada's National Women's Team trimmed its centralization roster to 26 players on Wednesday, with the release of four players, National Women's Team Head Coach and General Manager, Women's High Performance Danièle Sauvageau announced.
Sauvageau announced the release of the following four players:
Danielle Dubé: Goaltender - Vancouver, BC
Gina Kingsbury: Forward - Rouyn-Noranda, QC
Nathalie Rivard: Defenceman - Cumberland, ON
Fiona Smith: Defenceman - Edam, SK
Wednesday's player announcement leaves the team with a roster of 26 players, including three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 15 forwards. Canada's roster at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games will include 21 players (18 skaters, 2 goaltenders and an alternate goaltender).
Canada's National Women's Team will continue to train in Calgary, AB in preparation of a number of games over the next few months, leading to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
Canada's National Women's Team's next game is on in Salt Lake City, Utah as they take on USA. Canada's complete schedule and updated roster are posted on the CHA's official website, and the home of Canada's National Hockey Teams: www.canadianhockey.ca
Canada's National Women's Team has won all seven Women's World Hockey Championships and captured a silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Thirty players have been centralized since in preparation of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, USA.