Hockey Canada Network |
Canada Wins Silver Medal at 2008 IIHF World Women's Championship
Players and Staff Will Return to Canada on Monday, April 14th
April 12, 2008

HARBIN, CHINA – Canada’s National Women’s Team has won the silver medal at the 2008 IIHF World Women’s Championship after falling to the USA 4-3 in the gold medal game on Saturday at Baqu Arena.

Sarah Vaillancourt (Sherbrooke, QC) scored early, but Canada found itself in a 4-1 deficit heading to the third period after four unanswered USA goals. Katie Weatherston (Thunder Bay, ON) and Jennifer Botterill (Winnipeg, MB) scored goals in the final period for Canada, but it came up one goal short in the end.

This marked the 11th straight time that Canada and the USA met in the gold medal game of the IIHF World Women’s Championship, dating back to the first tournament in 1990. Canada has now won two silver medals to go along with their nine gold medals.

Canadian captain Hayley Wickenheiser (Shaunavon, SK) and forward Jayna Hefford (Kingston, ON) were named to the Media All-Star Team, but Canada was shut out of the IIHF Directorate awards for the first time at an IIHF World Women’s Championship.

Finland goaltender Noora Raty was named Top Goaltender and Most Valuable Player, while the USA won two awards – Top Defenceman, given to Angela Ruggiero, and Top Forward, given to captain Natalie Darwitz.

Canada’s players and staff have been together since March 24th, when they met in Victoria, BC. The team held a pre-tournament camp in Colwood, BC from March 25th to 30th before departing for China.



Canada’s players and staff will arrive at Vancouver International Airport at 12:30 p.m. PST on Monday, April 14th, 2008. Head coach Peter Smith and players are available for interviews shortly after landing and clearing customs.

Following are the arrival times for the players and staff at their final destinations.
NOTE: All times listed are local times.


Calgary, AB / AC214 / 4:20 p.m.
Hockey Canada director of female hockey, Julie Healy
National Women’s Team general manager, Melody Davidson

Edmonton, AB / AC240 / 5:05 p.m.
Meaghan Mikkelson, Shannon Szabados

Calgary, AB / AC8318 / 5:52 p.m.
Kelly Bechard, Delaney Collins, Gillian Ferrari, Gina Kingsbury, Carla MacLeod, Caroline Ouellette, Colleen Sostorics, Sarah Vaillancourt, Hayley Wickenheiser

Montreal, QC / AC112 / 10:10 p.m.
Head coach Peter Smith
Charline Labonté, Kim St-Pierre

Toronto, ON / AC100 / 10:58 p.m.
Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Jennifer Botterill, Valerie Chouinard, Jayna Hefford, Rebecca Johnston, Becky Kellar, Cherie Piper

Ottawa, ON / AC138 / 11:05 p.m.
Katie Weatherston


Halifax, NS / AC256 / 3:55 p.m.
Assistant coach Lisa Jordan

Any media requests can be sent to Chris Jurewicz For more information on Canada’s National Women’s Team and the 2008 IIHF World Women’s

The 2009 IIHF World Women’s Championship will be held April 5-12, 2009 in Hameenlinna and Vantaa, Finland.

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 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.
2014 PARA: USA 3 – CAN 0 (Semifinal)
Mar 13, 2014
Corbin Watson made seven saves, but Canada will play for Paralympic bronze.
2014 PARA: CAN 1 – CZE 0 (Preliminary)
Mar 11, 2014
Westlake scored the lone goal to help Canada to a perfect preliminary round.
2014 PARA: CAN 4 – NOR 0 (Preliminary)
Mar 09, 2014
Adam Dixon scored twice to lead Canada to its second straight win in Sochi.
2014 PARA: CAN 10 – SWE 1 (Preliminary)
Mar 08, 2014
Gale, Dixon and Rempel had four points each to lead Canada to a win.
2014 PARA: Welcome to Sochi
Mar 02, 2014
Canada’s National Sledge Team has arrived ahead of the Paralympics.
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: