CALGARY, ALBERTA – Canada’s National Women’s Olympic centralized team of 27 players will take to the ice today to begin its 2005-2006 full-time centralization in Calgary, AB in preparation for the 2006 Winter Olympics being held in Turin, Italy February 10-26.
The Centralized Team is made up of the top 27 female Canadian hockey players, which will train full-time in Calgary beginning today. Canada’s National women’s team has centralized full-time in Calgary prior to both the 20 Winter Olympic Games in the same fashion.
Canada’s Centralized roster was announced on May 9th, first mobilized in Charlottetown, PEI on May 23rd as a group for a three week conditioning and orientation camp. The players then returned to their respective homes and are now living and training full time in Calgary in preparation for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy in February, 2006.
The players and staff arrived in Calgary last week and spent the week with off-ice workouts and testing.
During the 2005-2006 season, Canada’s Women’s Centralized hockey team will play 46 games in preparation for the Olympics, including six games versus the USA - three in Canada and three in the United States, the Four Nations Cup in Finland in August/September, a pre-Olympic Tournament in Turin , and a series of games against Midget AAA teams in Alberta.
Canada’s first international game during the 2005-2006 season will be in Calgary on Saturday, August 20 versus Finland at Father David Bauer Olympic Arena. The game is open to the public, no charge.
“We are thrilled to get our Olympic preparations under way and to begin our training full time in Calgary,” said Head Coach Melody Davidson. “Now that our players and staff are together in Calgary, we look forward to a full season of preparation with the pinnacle being our trip to the Olympics in February.”
Davidson will lead Canada behind the bench as Head Coach of Canada’s Women’s Olympic Team during the 2005-2006 season, and is joined by assistant coaches: Tim Bothwell, Margot Page and Peter Smith.
The 20 player roster that will represent Canada in women’s hockey for the Olympics does not officially have to be named until 24 hours prior to Canada’s first Olympic game which is against Italy on .
Canada’s National Women’s Centralized team will hold practices in Calgary at 10am each day (Monday – Saturday), during the weeks they are in Calgary and not traveling for the 2005-2006 season and all sessions are open to the media and to the public. To confirm practice times in Calgary during the season and to set up media interviews, please contact Sean Kelso at 403-777-4552.
|08/20/05||19:00||CAN - FIN||Calgary, AB (Father David Bauer)||Free/Sans frais|
|08/23/05||19:30||CAN - CAN (U22)||Calgary, AB (Father David Bauer)||Free/Sans frais|
|08/25/05||15:30||CAN - CAN (U22)||Calgary, AB (Father David Bauer)||Free/Sans frais|
|08/26/05||13:30||CAN - CAN (U22)||Calgary, AB (Father David Bauer)||Free/Sans frais|
|Four Nations Cup/Coupe des quatre nations|
|08/30/05||15:00||CAN - SWE||Hameenlinna, FIN||TBD/À déterminer|
|08/31/05||14:00||CAN - USA||Hameenlinna, FIN||TBD/À déterminer|
|09/03/05||16:00||CAN - FIN||Tampere, FIN||TBD/À déterminer|
|09/04/05||17:00||Gold/Or||Hameenlinna, FIN||TBD/À déterminer|
|Exhibition : CAN - USA|
|10/06/05||20:00||CAN - USA||Regina, SK (Brandt Centre)||TBD/À déterminer 08/11/05|
|10/08/05||12:00||CAN - USA||Saskatoon, SK (Credit Union Centre)||TBD/À déterminer 08/11/05|
|Pre-Olympic Event/Évenement pre-olympique|
|11/07/05||20:00||CAN - SWE||Torino, ITA (Palasport)||TBD/À déterminer|
|11/08/05||16:00||CAN - FIN||Torino, ITA (Palasport)||TBD/À déterminer|
|11/10/05||20:00||CAN -USA||Torino, ITA (Espoosizioni)||TBD/À déterminer|
|11/12/05||16:00||Gold/Or||Torino, ITA (Espoosizioni)||TBD/À déterminer|
|Other International Matches/Matchs internationaux|
|11/27/05||TBD/À déterminer||CAN - USA||Columbus, OH (Nationawide Arena)||TBD/À déterminer|
|12/01/05||19:00||CAN - USA||Chicago, IL (United Centre)||TBD/À déterminer|
|12/10/05||20:30||CAN - SWE||Alberta||TBD/À déterminer|
|12/11/05||16:30||CAN - SWE||Alberta||TBD/À déterminer|
|12/13/05||15:30||CAN - SWE||Calgary, AB (Father David Bauer)||TBD/À déterminer|
|12/30/05||TBD/À déterminer||CAN - USA||St. Paul, MN (Xcel Energy Arena)||TBD/À déterminer|
|01/01/06||14:30||CAN - USA||Winnipeg, MB (MTS Centre)||TBD/À déterminer 08/11/05|
|For more information:|
Lisa Dornan Director, Communications Hockey Canada 403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org
Francis Dupont Manager, Media Relations/Communications Hockey Canada 403-777-4564 email@example.com
|Morgan Bell Coordinator, Media Relations Hockey Canada 403-284-6427 firstname.lastname@example.org||Esther Madziya Coordinator, Media Relations Hockey Canada 403-284-6484 email@example.com|