Hockey Canada Network |
Valerie Chouinard Named Captain of Canada's National Women's Under-22 Team; Alternate Captains Also Named
August 23, 2007

Head coach Dan Church announced on Thursday that Valerie Chouinard (Matane, QC) has been named captain of Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team for this week’s three-game series against the USA’s National Women’s Under-22 Team in Lake Placid, NY.

The 2007-08 season marks the third for Chouinard with the National Women’s Under-22 Team, including gold medals at the 20 Air Canada Cups in Germany. She has recorded 14 points (8 goals, 6 assists) in 12 games.

Chouinard has had a decorated two years at Mercyhurst College, becoming a two-time member of the College Hockey America (CHA) First All-Star Team, CHA All-Academic Team and CHA All-Tournament Team, while helping the Lakers to back-to-back CHA championships. Chouinard was also named the CHA Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in 2005-06 after recording 54 points (28 goals, 26 assists) in 35 games.

In addition, Davidson named two alternate captains for the three-game series, which includes games Thursday night, Friday night and Sunday morning.

Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, ON) is easily the most internationally-experienced player on this year’s National Women’s Under-22 Team, having played 40 games with Canada’s National Women’s Team, and another 14 with the National Women’s Under-22 Team. At just 20 years old, her résumé already includes an Olympic gold medal (2006) and an IIHF World Women’s Championship gold medal (2007).

In her first season of women’s college hockey at Mercyhurst College, Agosta became the first freshman to ever be named a Top 3 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, given to the top player in U.S. college women’s hockey. She was also named the CHA Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, as well as to the CHA First All-Star Team, All-Rookie Team and All-Tournament Team. A First Team All-American, Agosta racked up an NCAA-leading 74 points (38 goals, 36 asissts) in just 35 games, including a 16-game point streak and a 13-game goal scoring streak.

Melanie Gagnon (St. Adolphe, MB) brings the most National Women’s Under-22 Team experience to the team, having played 24 games over four seasons – recording nine points (1 goal, 8 assists). She has captured gold medals at the 2004, 2005, 20 Air Canada Cups in Germany.

Entering her junior season at the University of Minnesota, Gagnon was a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Third All-Star Team in 2006-07, and the WCHA All-Rookie Team in 2005-06. She also won back-to-back Western Women’s Hockey League (WWHL) championships with the Calgary Oval X-Treme in 20.

» 2007-08 National Women's Under-22 Team

For more information:

André Brin
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada

Jason LaRose
Manager, Content Services
Hockey Canada

Kristen Lipscombe
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada

Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada

2014 WU18C: CAN 2 - SVK 1
Apr 20, 2014
Brendan Perlini’s two goals led Canada to a victory over the Slovaks.
2014 Esso Cup: WEY 2 - SUD 1
Apr 20, 2014
Jenica Whitrow scoredwith less than two minutes to play to winit for Weyburn.
2014 Esso Cup: EDM 1 - FRA 0
Apr 20, 2014
Jessica Healey scoresthe game’s only goal as the Thunder winsits opener.
2014 WU18C: CAN 5 - GER 2
Apr 19, 2014
Ryan Gropp scored with 5:36 to go to help Canada to its second win.
2014 WU18C: CAN 3 - SWE 1
Apr 17, 2014
Virtanen scored twice to lead Canada to the tournament-opening win.
2014 WWU18C: CAN 5 – USA 1
Mar 30, 2014
U18 women win gold.
2014 WWU18C: CAN 1 – RUS 0 (OT)
Mar 29, 2014
Canada edges Russia in overtime.
2014 WWU18C: CAN 5 – CZE 0
Mar 26, 2014
Canadians shut out Czechs.
2014 WWU18C: CAN 7 – FIN 0
Mar 24, 2014
U18 women blank Finland.
2014 WWU18C: CAN 7 – JPN 1
Mar 23, 2014
Canada starts Worlds with win
2014 PARA: CAN 3 – NOR 0 (Bronze)
Mar 15, 2014
Billy Bridges scored a pair of goals to lead Canada to a Paralympic bronze.
2010 OLYW: Flag Raising
Feb 10, 2010
Canada's National Women's Team taking part in the Flag Raising ceremony at the Olympic Village in Vancouver, B.C.
Photo Credit: