CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in collaboration with Okanagan Hockey Academy, South Okanagan Events Centre and Okanagan College, announced Tuesday that the 27 players named to Canada’s National Women’s Team centralization roster will attend boot camp in Penticton, B.C., from May 27 through June 19.
The purpose of boot camp is to prepare players for centralization in Calgary, Alta., starting in August, and leading up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, taking place next February.
During their three weeks in Penticton, players will participate in on- and off-ice training sessions. Their training schedule during boot camp will be rigorous, just as it will be during their centralization in Calgary, and will focus on their overall development as high performance athletes.
“This camp will be a great opportunity for our team to create an environment which challenges the athletes and staff to push themselves outside of their comfort zones, and to prepare them for the challenges they’ll face during the Olympic year,” Canada’s National Women’s Team head coach Dan Church said. “I’m looking forward to the development opportunity this camp will provide us, as we live and train together daily. It will be a great start to our time together as a team.”
The 27-player centralization roster includes three goaltenders, nine defencemen and 15 forwards. The boot camp roster also features 13 gold medallists from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. Twenty-two of the centralized players also claimed the silver medal at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship this April in Ottawa, Ont.“These players are all true role models for our country,” Okanagan Hockey Academy president Andy Oakes said. “The City of Penticton is thrilled to welcome them to our community, and to be a part of the incredible journey that Canada’s National Women’s Team will take on its road to Sochi 2014.”
NOTE TO MEDIA: Players and staff will be available for interviews inside Hockey Canada’s Hall of Champions at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alta., between 12 and 12:45 p.m. MT on Monday, May 27, prior to leaving for boot camp in Penticton. Please contact Francis Dupont, Hockey Canada’s manager of media relations, for interview requests at email@example.com or 587-999-5681. Please note that players won’t be available to media during their time in Penticton.For more information on Canada’s National Women’s Team, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca/nwt, or follow along through social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada, www.twitter.com/hockeycanada, and www.twitter.com/hc_women.