SELKIRK, MB – Team Canada General Manager and Head Coach Melody Davidson announced on Saturday that Hayley Wickenheiser (Shaunavon, SK/ Calgary, WWHL), a member of Canada’s National Women’s Team since 1994 and Canada’s all-time leader in scoring, will be Canada’s team captain for the upcoming 2007 IIHF World Women’s Championship.
Davidson also announced that Caroline Ouellette (Montreal, QC/ Minnesota, WWHL) and Vicky Sunohara (Scarborough, ON/ Brampton, NWHL) will serve as alternate captains.
Wickenheiser is Canada’s 6th captain all-time, taking over for Cassie Campbell who retired in August 2006 after serving as team captain for four seasons, including two Olympic Games (20). Wickenheiser has served as Canada’s captain during the 2006-07 season at the 2006 4 Nations Cup, which Canada won in Kitchener, Ont. in November 2006.
“This is a great time for Hayley to take on a more rounded leadership role on Team Canada,” said Davidson. “In her thirteen years in the program, Hayley has been able to learn from the likes of St-Louis, Wilson, Brisson and Campbell. By combining Hayley, Caroline, Vicky and the veteran leadership that we have in the dressing room, we are confident that we have the leadership to set a high standard of play.”
Canada’s all-time captains at World Championships and Olympic Games
2007 Hayley Wickenheiser
2001-2006 Cassie Campbell
1999-2000 Therese Brisson
1994-1998 Stacy Wilson
1992 France St-Louis
1990 Sue Scherer
Wickenheiser, Ouellette and Sunohara will be in action along with Team Canada in Canada’s final pre-competition game prior to the 2007 IIHF World Women’s Championship. Canada faces Finland on Saturday, March 31st in Selkirk, MB. Canada will open the 2007 IIHF World Women’s Championship on April 3rd in Winnipeg vs. Switzerland.
NOTE TO MEDIA : All media requests for Team Canada members prior to and during the 2007 IIHF World Women’s Championship can be directed to Andre Brin, the team’s media relations manager, (403) 540-8444 | firstname.lastname@example.org who will be on-site with team.
The 2007 IIHF World Women’s Championship takes place April 3-10 in Winnipeg and Selkirk, Manitoba. Tickets are still available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.ca/iihf or by calling (204) 780-3333.
TSN/RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcasters, will begin its coverage of Canada’s games at the 2007 IIHF World Women’s Championship on Saturday, April 7th (check local listings)