CALGARY, AB - Canada's National Women's Under 22 Team, featuring the future stars of Canada's National Women's Team, will face Sweden in a three-game tour that will be played in British Columbia in October, 2001, the Canadian Hockey Association announced on Thursday.
Canada's National Women's Team is currently in British Columbia facing Sweden's National Women's Team: October 3 (Victoria, BC), October 5 (Campbell River, BC) and October 7 (Port Alberni, BC).
Canada's National Women's Under 22 Team vs. Sweden Game Schedule
Date Local time Location Ticket information
Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Langley, BC
Monday, 7:00 p.m. North Delta, B.C.
Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Langley, B.C.
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.
Sweden's National Women's Team has finished fourth at the Women's World Hockey Championship four times in total (2000, 1999, 1992, 1990). Sweden finished 7th at the 2001 World Championship and 5th at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.
"This is an excellent opportunity for our younger players to experience everything that international hockey encompasses and at the same time bringing women's hockey to hockey fans in British Columbia," said Karen Hughes, Head Coach of Canada's National Women's Under 22 Team. "We'll be facing a Swedish team that is preparing for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and this will be a great challenge for our players."
Hughes also announced that the team had added defenceman Navada Russell (Calgary, AB) to its roster to replace Cathy Chartrand (Lac Nominingue, QC) who suffered an arm injury and won't be able to attend.
The roster includes 12 returning players from the 2000-2001 National Under 22 Team: goaltender Charline Labonté, defencemen Gillian Ferrari, Carla MacLeod, Kim Malcher, Dana Pretty, Cassandra Turner and forwards Brooke Bradburn, Annie Desrosiers, Carly Haggard, Cheryl Muranko, Lara Perks and Lori Shupak.
Newcomers to the NIKE 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.
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