CALGARY, AB – Melody Davidson, general manager of Canada’s National Women’s Program and head coach of the National Women’s Under-18 Team, announced on Friday Canada’s 20-player roster for the 2008 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship, which will be held January 7-12, 2008 in Calgary, AB.
Canada’s roster includes 15 members of the team that swept the USA’s Women’s Under-18 Select Team in a
three-game series in Ottawa, ON in August. Team Canada was selected based on evaluations done by Canada’s
coaching and scouting staffs at various events, including the National Women’s Under-19 Program evaluation
camp (July 22-29 in Calgary, AB), the National Women’s Under-18 Team series against the USA and the 2007
National Women’s Under-18 Championship (November 7-11 in Kitchener, ON).
Davidson worked together with assistant coaches Jim Fetter and Danielle Goyette, along with Hockey Canada’s scouting staff, in assembling the 20-player roster.
“We are very excited about the roster we have assembled to represent Canada at the first IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship,” Davidson says. “We feel these players will give us the best opportunity to find success at the world championship.”
January’s world championship will be the first ever held at the women’s Under-18 level, with eight teams – Canada, the USA, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Russia and the Czech Republic – taking part in the six-day tournament at Father David Bauer Olympic Arena and Norma Bush Arena in Calgary.
Ticket packages are now available. The Championship Badge package gives fans access to all 20 games of the tournament, along with a free souvenir program and lapel pin and the chance to win prizes. Individual game tickets are not yet available. Also, family game packages are available, giving up to six family members a cost-effective way of checking out the action.
The event marks the second time Canada has played host to an inaugural IIHF women’s championship. In 1990 Ottawa, ON played host to the first-ever IIHF World Women’s Championship, a championship won by the host Canadians.