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40 Players Invited to Attend Canada's National Women's Under 22 Team Development Camp
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July 17, 2003
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CALGARY, AB – Hockey Canada announced on Thursday a list of 40 National Women’s Under 22 players that have been invited to attend a development camp in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC from August 10 . A roster of 22 players will be selected at the conclusion of the camp that will then represent Canada in a three-game series versus Team USA’s National Under-22 Team in Montreal, QC from August 20-23, 2003.

The players who will attend the Development Camp were selected by the Under 22 coaching staff (Head Coach, Margot Page and Assistant Coaches Lisa MacDonald and Peter Smith). These 40 players were selected as a result of an extensive season of player scouting, lead by Wally Kozak, Hockey Canada’s Women’s Program Head Scout. Kozak oversaw a team of scouts and attended games, tournaments and championships all over North America, including but not limited to, the Canada Winter Games, the Esso Nationals, CIS Nationals and the NWHL Championship.

“This camp will provide an opportunity for 40 of the top Under 22-aged players in Canada to compete against one another in a competitive environment,” said Julie Healy, Director of Female Hockey for Hockey Canada. “The camp and series of games will be an excellent learning and development opportunity for these players as they challenge one another for spots on the 2003-04 Under 22 Team. It also provides them with an experience that can help them achieve their goal of making the National Women’s team and/or Olympic team in the future.”

Hockey Canada launched a National Under-22 Program during the 1998-1999 season. The program provides female hockey players under the age of 22 with an opportunity to be evaluated against the best Under 22 players in Canada. The program also provides the players with an opportunity to gain international experience which includes playing on an bigger ice surface, high performance coaching, international travel and different playing styles and systems. The Under 22 program identifies and evaluates players that potentially will move on to Canada’s National Women’s team and/or Women’s Olympic team in the future.

Of the 40 players that were invited, three players have spent time with Canada’s National Women’s Team. Under 22 veteran Charline Labonté, who was Canada’s 3rd goalie at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, will be heading to Montreal as will Gillian Apps and Meagan Walton, who have both represented Canada with the National Women’s team on domestic tours and in the Four Nations Cup. Six other players have also previously competed with the National Women’s Under 22 team – defense Carla Macleod, Krista McArthur and Dana Pretty along with forwards Nicole Corriero, Jackie Friesen and Heather Logan. Forward Rebecca Russell participated in the 20 Under 22 selection camps, while the remaining 31 players will be embarking on their first Under 22 experience.

A full schedule of ice-times for the camp will be available at www.hockeycanada.ca next week.

The three-game series vs. Team USA will take place follows:

Wednesday, August 20 7:00pm (ET) Sportplexe 4 Glaces Montreal, QC
Thursday, August 21 7:00pm (ET) Sportplexe 4 Glaces Montreal, QC
Saturday, August 23 2:00pm (ET) Sportplexe 4 Glaces Montreal, QC

Sportplexe 4 Glaces – 14700 boul. Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds QC, H9H 4Y6, Phone 514-626-2500
Admission for all three games is free of charge.

Player S/C Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown 2002-2003 Team
Joueur L/C T. P. Naissance Ville d'origine Équipe 2002-2003
Goaltenders/Gardiennes de but
Bugden, Jana L/G 5'11 175 01/27/84 Cornerbrook, NF Providence College (Hockey East)
Chartier, Brittony L/G 6'0 155 01/25/86 Saskatoon, SK Calgary Oval X-Treme (NWHL)
Labonté, Charline L/G 5'8 170 10/15/82 Boisbriand, QC Montreal Wingstar (NWHL)
Love, Sarah L/G 5'8 145 09/25/83 Bayfield, ON Yale University (ECAC)
Defence/Defense
Ashley, Danielle L/G 5'7 155 05/09/85 Burlington, ON Beatrice Aeros (NWHL)
Gagnon, Melanie R/D 5'5 135 06/11/86 St. Adolphe, MB St. Adolphe Midget Female
Garland, Martine R/D 5'10 175 09/25/84 Toronto, ON Brampton Thunder (NWHL)
Guay, Annie L/G 5'7 152 06/29/85 Rouyn Noranda, QC Collège Limoilou, (FQSE)
Law, Kelly R/D 5'7 175 04/30/85 Markham, ON Beatrice Junior Aeros
MacLeod, Carla R/D 5'4 140 06/16/82 Calgary, AB U of Wisconsin (WCHA)
McArthur, Krista L/G 5'7 154 02/14/83 Alliston, ON U of Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
Pendleton, Ashley L/G 5'8 158 06/01/84 Orton, ON Brampton Thunder (NWHL)
Pretty, Dana L/G 5'6 160 01/15/82 Richmond, BC Mount Royal College (ACAC)
Ross, Laurie L/G 5'8 149 02/27/83 Manotick, ON St. Lawrence University (ECAC)
Slusar, Bobbi Jo L/G 5'4 135 06/06/85 Swift Current, SK Notre Dame Midget Female
Wallace, Kerri L/G 5'10 165 06/10/84  Rocky Mountain House, AB Calgary Oval X-Treme (NWHL)
Forwards/Avants
Apps, Gillian L/G 5'11 175 11/02/83 Unionville, ON Dartmouth College (ECAC)
Bourbeau, Stéfanie L/G 5'6 145 08/30/84 Charlesbourg, QC College Limoilou (FQSE)
Corriero, Nicole R/D 5'5 155 10/27/83 Thornhill, ON Harvard University (ECAC)
Creary, Jeni R/D 5'5 140 09/28/83 Shell Lake, SK Ohio State University (WCHA)
Friesen, Jackie L/G 5'10 167 08/04/83 Regina, SK U. of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Grills, Chelsea L/G 5'6 140 03/12/85 Stittsville, ON Ottawa Raiders (NWHL)
Hagg, Kristen L/G 5'5 147 08/23/83 Edmonton, AB U of Alberta (CIS)
Hall, Kaley L/G 5'7 155 05/14/84 Calgary, AB Oval X-Treme (NWHL)
Harbec, Sabrina R/D 5'8 139 03/20/85 Montréal, QC Montreal Wingstar (NWHL)
Hekle, Nicole L/G 5'9 133 05/31/85 Winnipeg, MB St. Adolphe Midget Female
Jones, Stephanie L/G 5'8 155 08/21/83 Kimberley, BC U of New Hampshire (Hockey East)
Logan, Heather L/G 5'10 155 05/14/82 Napanee, ON Beatrice Aeros (NWHL)
Marin, Noémie L/G 5'6 150 04/05/84 Montréal, QC CEGEP St-Laurent (FQSE)
Mikkelson, Meaghan L/G 5'9 145 01/04/85 St. Albert, AB Calgary Oval X-treme (NWHL)
Provost, Mariève L/G 5'5 134 04/15/85 Laval, QC Laval Jr. A Female
Riggs, Ashley L/G 5'3 125 03/25/85 Pickering, ON Durham Int. AA (Ontario)
Roy, Melissa L/G 5'5 140 12/13/83 St-Laurent, QC CEGEP St-Laurent (FQSE)
Russell, Rebecca R/D 5'5 155 06/07/82 Lethbridge, NF St. Lawrence University (ECAC)
Tollefson, Cristin R/D 5'9 150 04/14/83 Regina, SK U of Regina (CIS)
Vaillancourt, Sarah R/D 5'5 142 05/08/85 Sherbrooke, QC Pomfret Prep (US HS)
Walton, Meagan R/D 5'7 158 08/23/83 Calgary, AB Dartmouth College (ECAC)
Ward, Samantha R/D 5'7 150 07/22/83 Hanna, AB University of Lethbridge (CIS)
Wauters, Sherri L/G 5'6 145 02/26/85 Kamloops, BC BC Outback Senior AAA
Weatherston, Katherine R/D 5'4 145 04/06/83 Thunder Bay, ON Dartmouth College (ECAC)
Staff/Personnel
Director, High Performance/Directeur, haute performance: Julie Healy Hockey Canada
Head Scout, Women’s Program/Dépisteur en chef, programme féminin Wally Kozak Hockey Canada
Head coach/Entraîneur-chef: Margot Page Niagara (NY) University (College Hockey America)
Assistant coach/Entraîneur adjoint: Lisa MacDonald St. Mary’s University (CIS)
Assistant coach/Entraîneur adjoint: Peter Smith McGill University (CIS)
Goaltender coach/ Entraîneur des gardiennes Dave Jamieson Coboconk, ON
Equipment manager/Gérant de l'équipement: Paul Ng Saskatoon, SK
Camp Equipment Assistant/Responsable adjoint de l’équipement Stewart Wilson Montréal, QC
Therapist/Thérapeute: Kirsten Krepps Brampton, ON
Team physician/Médecin: Dr. Marni Wesner Edmonton, AB
Team Physician/Médecin d’équipe: Dr. Diane Simpson Hamilton, ON
Coordinator, High Performance/ Coordonnatrice, haute performance Lesley Reddon Hockey Canada

For more information:

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Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557
abrin@hockeycanada.ca

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Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

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Hockey Canada
403-777-4553
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Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
klipscombe@hockeycanada.ca

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Hockey Canada
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