CALGARY--Canada's National Women's Hockey team will play four exhibition games versus Team Finland in Oshawa, ON, Montreal, QC and Drummondville, QC from January 20-24, 1999, the Canadian Hockey Association announced Friday.
Two goaltenders, seven defensemen and sixteen forwards will make-up the exhibition roster for Team Canada, and will feature fifteen Olympic silver medalists from Canada's 1998 Women's Olympic hockey team.
The exhibition games will take place on January 20 in Oshawa, ON at the Oshawa Civic Auditorium and January 22 in Montreal, QC at the Maurice Richard Arena, with both games starting at 7:30pm EST. The two teams will face off for a third game on January 24 in Drummondville, QC at the Centre Marcel-Dionne, with a 2:00pm EST start time. A fourth game in Ontario is currently being finalized, with confirmation of location and date to follow.
We are really looking forward to hosting these games in Canada, as it will be the first time our women's team has played in these citiesî, said head coach Daniele Sauvageau. ìThis is the last step of the evaluation process for the players, as we continue to develop our players not only towards the 1999 World Championship, but gathering experience for the future for those players new to our program.î Our first step was the evaluation camp in Montreal, and the second was the 3 Nations Cup in Finland and the Under 22 Christmas Cup in Germany.
The 1999 Women's World Championships will take place in Espoo, Finland from March 8-14. Team Canada will travel to Sweden on March 1 to train and play exhibition games prior to the World Championship in Finland.
Canada's National Women's team won the 3 Nations Cup in Finland in December with the USA and Finland finishing second and third respectively. Canada's Under 22 women's team, which has eight members on this exhibition roster, won the Christmas Cup in Finland in December against teams from Switzerland and Germany.
The final team roster for the Canada's entry in the 1999 Women's World Championship will be announced by the coaching staff at the end of January after further evaluations are compiled during this exhibition series against Finland.