CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced Tuesday the 40 players who have been invited to Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp, taking place Aug. 2-14 at the WinSport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex in Calgary.
The invitation list includes four goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 24 forwards. Invitations have been based on performance at Canada’s National Women’s Program strength and conditioning camp held in Toronto, Ont., in May, as well as evaluations by Hockey Canada scouts during the 2011-12 season, including past performances with their school and club teams and at events such as the 2011 National Women’s Under-18 Championship held last November in Saguenay, Que., and 2012 Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship, held in Charlottetown, P.E.I., in April.
The 40 players will be split into two teams, Red and White, and will participate in several practices and games, including games against national teams from Kazakhstan and Norway. It will be held in conjunction with Canada’s National Women’s Under-22/Development Team selection camp, which will split another 40 players into two teams, Blue and Gold, for practices and intersquad games.
From the selection camp, Hockey Canada will choose 22 players for a three-game series against the United States’ Women’s Under-18 Select Team, scheduled for Aug. 16-19 in Blaine, Minn. Following the series, Hockey Canada scouts, along with the team’s coaching staff, will continue to evaluate players with their club teams during the 2012-13 season, in preparation for selecting the Canadian team that will compete at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in Vierumäki, Finland in January.
Hockey Canada also announced Friday that Jim Fetter (Waterloo, Ont./St. Cloud State University, WCHA) will serve as head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team, while Rebecca Russell (Lethbridge, N.L./Okanagan Hockey Academy, Midget AAA) and Laura Schuler (Scarborough, Ont./University of Minnesota Duluth, WCHA) will be assistant coaches and Joe Johnston (Lower Sackville, N.S./Dalhousie University, CIS) will act as goaltending coach during Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp and the subsequent series against the U.S.
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp invitation list features:
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp invitees, by province:
Hockey Canada will also host the 2012 Female Program of Excellence coaching seminar Aug. 8-12 in Calgary, featuring all coaching staffs of teams competing at the 2012 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Dawson Creek, B.C. Please contact Trina Radcliffe, Hockey Canada’s manager of female development, for more information at (403) 777-3601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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