CALGARY, ALBERTA - Thirty-four players have been selected to attend Canada's National Women's Team Evaluation Camp October 3-9 in Calgary, AB, the Canadian Hockey Association announced Wednesday.
The evaluation camp roster includes 19 of the 21 members of the 2000 World Championship Team which captured Canada's sixth consecutive gold medal at the 2000 World Women's Hockey Championship in Mississauga, Ontario. The roster also boasts four members of Canadaís National Womenís Under 22 Team which captured a three-game series against the USA in August, 2000 in Alberta.
The coaching staff will evaluate the players through daily workouts and four intersquad games. The camp is another step in the 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 a part of a National Women's team pool.
"The players named today have demonstrated great ability and skill through past competitions and the summer development camp," said Danièle Sauvageau, head coach of the National Women's Team. "These players as well as a number of other players we will continue to monitor over the season give Canada great depth as we prepare for the 2001 World Championship, the 2002 Winter Olympics and beyond."
Canada's National Women's team will play a number games across Canada and the USA, using different rosters for each event between September, 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.
The two players from last yearís World Championship Team unable to attend the camp are Dana Antal and Hayley Wickenheiser. Wickenheiser is a member of Canada's National Women's Softball team and is participating in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, while Antal continues to recover from a knee injury suffered last spring.
Upcoming events for Canada's National Women's Team include the 4 Nations Cup in November, a tour in January and the 2001 World Women's Hockey Championship in Minnesota, USA in April, 2001.