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Twenty-eight players to attend women's Nike Under 22 Team Development Camp in Calgary, AB
June 15, 2001

CALGARY, AB – Karen Hughes, of Scarborough, ON, will return as head coach of the National Women's Under 22 Team for the 2001-2002 season, the Canadian Hockey Association announced Friday.

The Canadian Hockey Association launched the National NIKE 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 and international officiating.

Hughes coached the National Under 22 Team last year, winning two out of three games against the USA in August, 2000 and went on to capture the Three Nations Tournament in Switzerland in November, 2000. Hughes was an assistant coach with Canada's National Women's Team, winning two World Championships. Hughes also led the University of Toronto Varsity Blues to the CIAU National Women's Hockey Championship in 2000-2001.

Hughes will be joined behind the bench by assistant coaches Ken Dufton, head coach of the NWHL's Beatrice Aeros, and Julie Healy, head coach of the NWHL's Montreal Wingstar.

"The CHA's NIKE Under 22 Program is an essential development program that enhances the National Women's Team Program ," said Gaëtan Robitaille, General Manager, Women's High Performance Program with the CHA. "Graduates of the Under 22 Program played a prominent role in winning gold at the 2001 World Championship and will contend for spots on Canada's National Women's Team for years to come."

The coaching staff's first responsibility will be to run a NIKE Under 22 Team Development Camp from August 21-31, 2001 at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary, AB. The National Women's Under 22 Team will face Sweden during a 3-game series in Langley and North Delta, BC in October, 2001

The CHA also announced that twenty-eight of the best Under 22 women hockey players in Canada have been invited to the National Women's NIKE Under 22 team's development camp.

The roster includes 13 returning players from the 2000-2001 National Under 22 Team: defencemen Cathy Chartrand, Gillian Ferrari, Carla MacLeod, Kim Malcher, Dana Pretty, Cassandra Turner and forwards Danielle Bourgeois, Brooke Bradburn, Annie Desrosiers, Carly Haggard, Cheryl Muranko, Lara Perks and Lori Shupak

Newcomers to the Under 22 Program in 2001-2002 include Christine Dufour, a goaltender who starred at the first ever National Women's Under 18 Challenge in February, 2001 in Trois-Rivières, QC and forward Meghan Hunter, who finished as the national scoring leader in Women's College Hockey in the U.S. in 2000-2001.

Player Pos. S/C Ht. Wt. Birthdate (m/d/y) Hometown 2000-2001 Team  
Joueuse Pos. L/C T. P. Naissance (m/j/a) Ville d'origine Équipe 2000-2001
Barrie, Rachel G R/D 5'08 145 11/12/82 Arnprior, ON St. Lawrence U. (ECAC)
Cabana, Emmanuel G L/G 5'06 135 3/12/80 St-Hilaire, QC Wingstar de Montréal, QC
Dufour, Christine G L/G 5'07 145 2/5/84 Rivière-du-Loup, QC Québec U18/M18
Chartrand, Cathy D R/D 5'10 192 5/8/81 Lac Nominingue, QC Wingstar de Montréal, QC
Ferrari, Gillian D R/D 5'08 160 6/23/80 Thornhill, ON Beatrice Aeros, ON
MacLeod, Carla D R/D 5'04 150 6/16/82 Calgary, AB Oval X-Treme, AB
Malcher, Kim D L/G 5'08 173 1/28/80 Bolton, ON Univ. of Toronto (CIAU)
McArthur, Krista D L/G 5'09 165 2/14/83 Brampton, ON Brampton Thunder, ON
Muharama, Safiya D R/D 5'08 130 1/20/80 Toronto, ON Univ. of Toronto, ON
Pretty, Dana D L/G 5'06 150 1/15/82 Richmond, BC Oval X-Treme, AB
Russell, Navada D R/D 5'05 160 6/30/81 Calgary, AB Univ. Minn-Dul (WCHA)
Stosky, Laura D L/G 5'06 160 10/21/82 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Chimos, AB
Turner, Cassandra D R/D 5'07 180 5/20/81 Campbellford, ON Brown Univ. (ECAC)
Bourgeois, Danielle F/A L/G 5'04 135 7/15/81 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Chimos, AB
Bradburn, Brooke F/A R/D 5'07 155 4/17/80 Brampton, ON Niagara Univ. (ECAC)
Del Monte, Teresa F/A R/D 5'06 140 1/11/82 Brampton, ON Brampton Thunder, ON
Desrosiers, Annie F/A L/G 5'09 155 7/29/80 St-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, QC Wingstar de Montréal, QC
Eustace, Joanne F/A R/D 5'06 N/A 1/20/81 Torbay, NF Univ. Minn-Dul (WCHA)
Friesen, Jackie F/A L/G 5'11 165 8/4/83 Regina, SK Western U18/Ouest M18
Haggard, Carly F/A R/D 5'04 160 4/12/81 Port Alberni, BC Dartmouth Coll. (ECAC)
Hunter, Meghan F/A L/G 5'09 158 4/20/81 Oil Springs, ON U. Wisconsin (WCHA)
Klein Smormink, Becky F/A R/D 5'08 145 9/10/81 Winchester, ON Oval X-Treme, AB
Logan, Heather F/A L/G 5'10 160 5/14/82 Napanee, ON Beatrice Aeros, ON
Muranko, Cheryl F/A L/G 5'07 160 8/24/82 Cambridge, ON Beatrice Aeros, ON
Perks, Lara F/A R/D 5'08 165 8/9/81 Trenton, ON Beatrice Aeros, ON
Russell, Rebecca F/A R/D 5'07 155 8/7/82 Carenville, NF Berkshire Acad., USA
Shupak, Lori F/A R/D 5'07 156 8/22/80 Sherwood Park, AB Univ. of Alberta (CIAU)
Walton, Meagan F/A R/D 5'07 148 8/23/83 Calgary, AB Oval X-Treme,
Vice-president, Hockey/Vice-président, Hockey Wayne Fleming CHA/ACH
Director, High Performance/Directeur, haute performance: Denis Hainault  CHA /ACH
G.M., Women's High Performance Progr./    
D.G., Progr. de haute performance féminin: Gaëtan Robitaille CHA/ACH
Head coach/Entraîneure-chef: Karen Hughes U. of Toronto (CIAU)
Assistant coach/Entraîneure adjointe: Ken Dufton Beatrice Aeros, ON
Assistant coach/Entraîneure adjointe: Julie Healy Wingstar de Montréal, QC
Media Relations/Relations médias: André Brin CHA/ACH
Assistant, High Performance/Assistante, Haute performance Alysha Robson CHA/ACH

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André Brin
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada

Jason LaRose
Manager, Content Services
Hockey Canada

Kristen Lipscombe
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada

Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada

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