CALGARY – Hockey Canada announced on Tuesday the 40 players who have been invited to the National Women's Under-22 Team selection camp, August 10-17 at York University in Toronto.
The players were selected to be part of the selection camp based on evaluations done by Hockey Canada regional scouts during the 2007-08 season. These evaluations included performances with their club teams, along with the National Women's Under-22 Team strength and conditioning/skating camp in May in Calgary, among other criteria.
The players attending camp are eligible to represent Canada at the 2009 MLP Cup (formerly the Air Canada Cup) in Ravensburg, Germany in early January. Canada has won the tournament six years in a row, losing just one game. Hockey Canada will use the camp to select 22 players for a three-game series against the USA's Women's Under-22 Select Team in Pierrefonds, QC in late August.
Fifteen players (Agosta, Birchard, Blais, Deluce, Fridfinnson, Giles, Hunt, Irwin, Johnston, Larocque, Shaw, Smith, Thibault, Wakefield, Ward) return from last year's National Women's Under-22 Team, which finished with a 7-0 record – the first perfect season in the history of the under-22 program. In addition, 11 members of Canada's silver medal-winning National Women's Under-18 Team (Bram, Dumais, Haverstock, Hewett, Karpenko, McIntosh, Prevost, Rougeau, Spooner, Watchorn, White) will attend the camp.
“It is very exciting for us to watch Canada's female players develop, whether it is in the under-22 program, or moving up from the under-18 level,” said Melody Davidson, general manager/head coach of the National Women's Program. “We have a terrific group of players coming into camp, and we are confident whichever players are chosen will represent Hockey Canada well.”
The National Women's Under-22 Team selection camp will see the 40 players split into two teams – Red and White – which will compete with a team of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) all-stars in a series of games.
The camp will mark the second year of a two-year partnership between Hockey Canada and the CIS. The CIS will send a national team of Canadian university women's hockey players to the 2009 Winter Universiade in Harbin, China. It will mark the first time that women's hockey is part of the World University Games.
National Women's Under-22 Team Selection Camp – Breakdown by Branch
Hockey Alberta – 6 (Boras, Copeland, Hunt, Maschmeyer, Ramsay, Young) Saskatchewan Hockey Association – 2 (Herman, Ptolemy) Hockey Manitoba – 6 (Bram, Fridfinnson, Hewett, Karpenko, Kohanchuk, Larocque) Ontario Women's Hockey Association – 18 (Agosta, Bendus, Birchard, Deluce, Giles, Irwin, Johnston, Kessler, Knox, McIntosh, Prevost, Shaw, Smith, Spooner, Thibault, Wakefield, Watchorn, White) Hockey Quebec – 6 (Bettez, Blais, Dumais, Emard, Rougeau, Ward) Hockey Nova Scotia – 1 (Haverstock) Hockey New Brunswick – 1 (O'Toole)