CALGARY, AB - Over 70 of Canada's top women's hockey players from the National Women's team and National Under 22 team will take part in a summer camp in Calgary, AB from August 13-21, the Canadian Hockey Association announced Friday.
The camp will be divided into two groups: the National Women's team and the National Under 22 team. For the first few days of the camp, players will remain with their respective teams. As of Wednesday, August 16th, the teams will be inter-mixed to make up four teams that will play intersquad games during the week.
Fourty players will take part as members of the National Women's team camp, as the coaching staff begins a seven month process of evaluating players for the 2001 Women's World Hockey Championship in Minnesota, USA. Over the next seven months, the coaching staff will be evaluating players and forming development rosters using over 30 players that are a part of a National Women's team pool. Canada's National Women's team will play various exhibition games across Canada and the USA, using different rosters for each event between August, 2000 and mid-February, 2001. No final roster decisions will be made until mid-February, when the CHA will name the final roster for Canada's National Women's team that will compete at the Women's Worlds.
Head coach Danièle Sauvageau will run the National Women's Team practices along with assistant coaches Melody Davidson and Wally Kozak.
For the National Women's Under 22 Team, the August camp serves as a selection camp for the team that will play three games against the USA Select Under 22 Team from August 24-27, 2000 in Alberta. It also serves as an evaluation tool for the National Women's Team to select players that will be invited to an Evaluation camp in October. No less than seven players from the 2000 World Champion National Women's Team are graduates of the National Under 22 Program.
The Canadian Hockey Association launched the National Under 22 Program during the 1998-1999 season. The program gives younger players an opportunity to experience international competition, on the international ice surface and to experience everything that international hockey encompasses such as international travel, different playing styles, international officiating, etc.
Karen Hughes will serve as the head of the National Under 22 Team, with the help of assistant coaches Margot Page and Nancy Wilson.
On August 21, 2000 the CHA will name a 22-player roster for the National Women's Under 22 Team for three games against the USA Select Under 22 Team. Games are scheduled for August 24th and August 25th in Calgary at 7:00 pm, and on August 27th in Medicine Hat, AB at 6:00 pm.
Players and staff from both teams will be available for media interviews during both camp, after practices and games. To coordinate interviews on site, see André Brin, Manager, Media relations or call him at 403-777-3609 (office) or 403-703-8791 (cellular phone).
The National Team players will be arriving into Calgary and registering at the Father Bauer Arena between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm (MDT) on Suday, August 13. The Under 22 Team will also be registering on August 13th at the Father Bauer Arena between 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm (MDT) prior to their first practice. Players will be available for interviews during both registration periods.
Players that were invited, but are unable to attend the summer camp are Dana Antal, Lori Dupuis, Caroline Ouellette, Hayley Wickenheiser and Sommer West. Wickenheiser and West are both members of Canada's National Women's Softball team and are training for the 2000 Olympic Summer Games. Antal and Dupuis are both injured, and Ouellette will be attending the Quebec Police Academy.
One other player invited to the camp, Michelle Thornton, of Gloucester, ON, will also not be able to attend due to an injury.