Canada's National Women's Olympic Centralized Team Trims Roster to 26 Players
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October 12, 2005
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CALGARY, ALBERTA – Canada’s National Women’s Olympic centralized hockey team trimmed its roster to 26 players on Wednesday.

Twenty year old forward Ashley Riggs (Pickering, ON) was released from the centralized group by Head Coach Melody Davidson and Canada's coaching staff. 

Today’s announcement leaves the team with 26 players on the centralized roster, which includes three (3) goaltenders, eight (8) defensemen, and fifteen (15) forwards. Davidson and the coaching staff continue to evaluate and prepare its team for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games as they train full-time in Calgary.  Canada has to trim its roster down to 20 players prior to the start of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy in February. Canada will open the 2006 Olympics against Italy on February 11.

Canada's women's hockey team has played 15 games of a 46 game schedule since centralizing on August 1st and have a record of 11-3-1. The next international competition slated for Team Canada is the Torino Ice Tournament featuring Canada, Sweden, Finland, and the USA from November 7-12 in Torino, Italy.

Canada is the defending Olympic women’s hockey champion, having won gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

   
Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
mbell@hockeycanada.ca
Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca
   
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