CALGARY, AB - Canada's National Women's team opens a summer camp today, Sunday, August 13th at the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary, AB. Forward Isabelle Aubé, a member of the 2000 National Under 22 Team, informed team officials, on Saturday, August 12th, that she won't be attending the camp.
Aubé, who served as captain of the National Under 22 Team which captured the Four Nations Cup in Germany in February, 2000, told the coaching staff that, at this time, she will be ìpursuing other endeavorsî.
With the injury to Michelle Thornton, of Gloucester, ON and Aubé's announcement, 38 players will be taking part in the National Women's team August 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 a number of players that are being evaluated and scouted as part of the National Women's team player 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.
This year, the summer camp will run concurrently with the National Under 22 team Selection Camp. For the first few days of the camp, players will remain with their respective teams. But as of Wednesday, August 16th, the teams will be inter-mixed to make up four teams that will play intersquad games during the week.
Players and staff from both teams will be available for media interviews during both camps, 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 Sunday, 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.