CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced Friday the 40 players who have been invited to Canada’s National
Women’s Under-22/Development Team camp, taking place August 7-16 at the Canadian International Hockey Academy
in Rockland, Ont.
The invitation list includes four goalies, 12 defencemen and 24 forwards. Invitations have been based on
fitness testing conducted this spring and evaluations by Hockey Canada scouts during the 2010-11 season,
including past performances within Canada’s National Women’s Program, with their club teams and at provincial
and national championships for leagues such as Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and the National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Hockey Canada also announced Thursday that National Women’s Team alumna Laura Schuler (Scarborough,
Ont./University of Minnesota Duluth, WCHA) will serve as head coach, while Rachel Flanagan (Guelph,
Ont./Hockey Canada) and Rebecca Russell (Lethbridge, N.L./Okanagan Hockey Academy) will serve as assistant
coaches during Canada’s National Women’s Under-22/Development Team camp.
Following the camp, Hockey Canada scouts, along with the team’s coaching staff, will continue to evaluate
players with their club teams during the 2011-12 season, in preparation for selecting the Canadian team that
will compete at the 2012 MLP Cup next January in Füssen, Germany. Canada has won this international
tournament eight times in nine years, losing just two games.
Canada’s National Women’s Under-22/Development Team camp will see the 40 players split into two teams,
Blue and Yellow, that will participate in several practices and intersquad games over the course of the week.
It will be held in conjunction with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp, which will split
another 40 players into two teams, Red and White, for practices and intersquad games.
Canada’s National Women’s Under-22/Development Team camp invitation list features:
- One player who won a gold medal with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in
Vancouver, B.C. (Poulin)
- Two players who were centralized with Canada’s National Women’s Team in Calgary, Alta., during the
2009-10 season (Jenner, Poulin)
- Three players who won a silver medal with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2011 IIHF World Women’s
Championship in Winterthur and Zurich, Switzerland (Poulin, Spooner, Watchorn)
- Three players who won a silver medal with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18-Team at the 2011 IIHF World
Women’s Under-18 Championship in Stockholm, Sweden (S. Bram, Edney, Kosta)
- Twelve players who helped Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team win its first-ever gold medal at the
2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago, Ill. (Armstrong, Bestland, Campbell, Cudmore,
Daoust, Davis, Howe, Mercer, Poudrier, Rattray, Saulnier, Terry)
- Sixteen players who won gold with Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team at the 2011 MLP Cup in
Kruezlingen, Switzerland (B. Bram, Douville, Fortino, Haverstock, Karpenko, Kohanchuk, McIntosh, McKeough,
Ménard, Prevost, Rougeau, Saulnier, Spooner, Terry, White, Watchorn, Wong)
This will be the first National Women’s Program camp for four players: Laura Brooker (Fergus, Ont./Wilfrid
Laurier University, OUA), Mel Desrochers (Welland, Ont./St. Lawrence University, ECAC), Reagan Fischer (Irma,
Alta./Dartmouth College, ECAC) and Sasha Nanji (Markham, Ont./Dartmouth College, ECAC).
Canada’s National Women’s Under-22/Development Team camp invitees, broken down by
Ontario – 22 (Armstrong, Babstock, Brooker, Cudmore, Desrochers, Edney, Fortino, Howe, Jenner, Kosta,
Mazzotta, McKeough, McIntosh, Ménard, Mercer, Nanji, Prevost, Rattray, Spooner, Terry, Watchorn, White)
Québec – six (Daoust, Douville, Leonoff, Poudrier, Poulin, Rougeau)
Manitoba – five (Bestland, B. Bram, S. Bram, Grenier, Kohanchuk)
Nova Scotia – three (Haverstock, Saulnier, Wong)
Alberta – two (Fischer, Pacholok)
Newfoundland and Labrador – one (Davis)
Saskatchewan – one (Campbell)
Hockey Canada will also be holding several female development activities in Rockland, including seminars
for coaches and officials, skills camps for players, as well intermission mini-games and Experience a Dream,
which will give young girls the chance to join under-18 players for off-ice and on-ice warmups during the
Canada-United States three-game series. Please contact Trina Radcliffe, Hockey Canada’s manager of female
development, for more information at (403) 777-3601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Kristen Lipscombe, Hockey Canada’s coordinator of communications, will be
on site in Rockland for Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team development camp. Please contact her for any
interview requests, leading up to and during camp, at (403) 826-4819 or email@example.com.