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Canada Wins Gold at 2007 IIHF World Women's Championship
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April 10, 2007
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WINNIPEG, MB – Canada’s National Women’s Team has won the gold medal at the 2007 IIHF World Women’s Championship following a 5-1 victory over the United States in Tuesday night’s gold medal game at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. With the win, Canada has now taken home nine of the ten World Women’s Championships, including all five played on Canadian soil (1990, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2007).

The Canadians finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record, outscoring their opponents 32-5. The win over the Americans on Tuesday night avenged the loss to the USA in the gold medal game at the 2005 World Women’s Championship, the only gold medal Canada has failed to win.

Jennifer Botterill (Winnipeg, MB/Mississauga, NWHL), Jayna Hefford (Kingston, ON/Brampton, NWHL), Hayley Wickenheiser (Shaunavon, SK/Calgary, WWHL), Danielle Goyette (St-Nazaire, QC/Calgary, WWHL) and Sarah Vaillancourt (Sherbrooke, QC/Harvard University, ECAC) scored the goals as Canada scored three times in the second period to break open a scoreless tie.

Wickenheiser’s goal gave her 14 points in the tournament (8 goals, 6 assists), setting a new Canadian World Women’s Championship record. The Canadian captain’s efforts earned her the Top Forward award from the IIHF Directorate, the Tournament MVP and a place on the Tournament All-Star Team. She was joined on the all-star team by goaltender Kim St-Pierre (Châteauguay, QC/Montreal, NWHL) and defenseman Delaney Collins (Pilot Mound, MB/Calgary, WWHL).

PINK JERSEYS UP FOR AUCTION ON EBAY

Canada’s National Women’s Team wore pink NIKE Team Canada Classic jerseys at the 2007 IIHF World Women’s Championship for one game, on April 7th against the USA, to honour the first-ever women’s world champions, Canada’s 1990 National Women’s Team.

Those jerseys are up for auction until April 13th at www.ebay.ca. Net proceeds from this exclusive game worn pink jersey auction will be shared between the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) and Hockey Canada grassroots programming.

AWARD WINNERS -

2007 IIHF WORLD WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP, WINNIPEG / SELKIRK, MANITOBA

DIRECTORATE AWARDS

These awards are voted on by the tournament directorate, which is made up of one member of each of the participating teams. These awards are announced and presented at the end of the gold medal game.

Top Goaltender:

Noora Raty, FINLAND

Top Defenceman:

Molly Engstrom, USA

Top Forward:

Hayley Wickenheiser, CANADA

MEDIA ALL-STAR TEAM – 2007 World Women’s Championship

(as voted on by members of the media)

These awards are not presented or announced on the ice at the end of the gold medal game.

Goaltender:

- Kim St- Pierre, Canada

Defence:

- Delaney Collins, Canada

- Angela Ruggiero, USA

Forwards:

- Natalie Darwitz, USA

- Krissy Wendell, USA

- Hayley Wickenheiser, Canada

Most Valuable Player (MVP)

(as voted on by members of the media):

- Hayley Wickenheiser, Canada

TEAM CANADA RETURN FLIGHT ITINERARY INFORMATION

– WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11TH

Information is listed by FINAL destination. Arrival times are all LOCAL TIMES and for Wednesday, April 11th. Flight information may change without notice

NOTE – Players not listed are returning home at a later date or driving to their final destinations.

Calgary, AB / AC8335 / 11:10 am

– Delaney Collins, Gillian Ferrari, Danielle Goyette, Gina Kingsbury, Carla MacLeod,Hayley Wickenheiser, Melody Davidson (Head Coach)

Edmonton, AB / AC8142 / 12:54 pm – Barry Medori (Assistant Coach)

Montreal, QC / WJ696 / 1:33 pm

– * Cathy Chartrand, Charline Labonté, Kim St-PierrePeter Smith (Asst. coach), Marie-France Dépin (Equipment Manager)

Ottawa, ON / AC8472 / 3:20 pm – * Annie Guay

Sudbury, ON / AC7813 / 5:25 pm – * Rebecca Johnston

Toronto, ON / AC258 / 1:49 pm

– Kelly Béchard, Jayna Hefford, Cheryl Pounder, Vicky Sunohara,Stephanie White (Assistant Coach)

Vancouver, BC / AC 295 9:15 am – Gillian Apps

Final destinations in the U.S.

Boston, MA / AC364 / 5:33 pm – Sarah Vaillancourt

Columbus, OH / AC7896 / 7:10 pm – Tessa Bonhomme

Duluth, MN / NW4762 / 4:10 pm – Caroline Ouellette

Lebanon, NY / US4834 / 8:25 pm – Katie Weatherston

Erie, PA / NW5857 / 10:35 pm – Meghan Agosta

* alternate players


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