CALGARY, AB -- Thirteen players have been added to the National Women's Team Evaluation Camp roster in preparation for the camp which will be held at the Teen Ranch in Caledon, ON, from October 5-12, 1999, Head Coach Mel Davidson announced Tuesday. This brings the total number of players invited to the camp to forty-one as twenty-eight players had been named at the end of July, 1999.
Among the players added to form the final evaluation camp roster are three members of last year's National Women's Team which won gold at the 1999 World Women's Hockey Championship. Goaltender Kim St-Pierre (Châteauguay, QC) and forwards Jennifer Botterill (Winnipeg, MB) and Caroline Ouellette (Montréal, QC) are added to the roster after a successful stint with Canada's National Under-22 Team as it defeated Team USA in a three-game series this past August.
Four other players from the National Under-22 Team are among the thirteen additions to the Evaluation Camp roster along with six players who attended Evaluation Camps across Canada this spring.
"As a coaching staff, we are excited about the talent that will be on hand for the camp in October," said Mel Davidson, Head Coach of the National Women's Team. "The competition for spots on the team in the upcoming year will be intense, as all these players have demonstrated that they are ready to challenge for positions."
Of the 41 players attending the evaluation camp, are 18 members of Canada's silver medal winning team at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan and 19 members of Canada's gold medal winning team at the 1999 World Women's Hockey Championship in Espoo, Finland.
The thirteen players added to the National Women's Team Evaluation Camp roster are as follows:
Goaltenders Lorenda Beuker (Humboldt, SK), Marie-France Morin (Gloucester, ON) and St-Pierre; defencemen Isabelle Chartrand (Montréal, QC), Gillian Ferrari (Thornhill, ON) and Colleen Sostorics (Kennedy, SK); forwards Kelly Béchard (Sedley, SK), Botterill, Samantha Holmes (Mississauga, ON), Tracey Luhowy (Thompson, MB), Ouellette, Amy Turek (Caistor Centre, ON) and Sommer West (Bowmanville, ON).
Davidson and assistant coaches Karen Hughes and Wally Kozak will use the camp to evaluate players for upcoming events: the 3 Nations Cup and the 2000 World Women's Hockey Championship, to be held in Mississauga, ON.
Following the camp, the coaching staff will select a roster for Canada's entry in the 3 Nations Cup in December, 1999. A second evaluation camp will be held in January, 2000 before the staff names it's final roster for the 2000 World Women's Hockey Championship.