CALGARY, AB - The Canadian Hockey Association announced Friday, that former National Women's Team player Margot Page has been named Head Coach for Canada's Under 22 team. Also announced was Canada's 22-player roster for Canada's Under-22 team that will represent Canada at an international competition in Germany from February 6-8, 2003.
Page, who was a member of Canada's National Women's Team from 1989-1994, was an assistant coach with Canada's National Under-22 team in 2000-01. During her playing career, Page recorded six goals and 13 assists in 15 games and participated in three Women's World Hockey Championships (1990, 19) winning a gold medal at each event.
Now in her fifth season as Head Coach of the Niagara University Purple Eagles (CHA), Page was selected by her peers as the ECAC Eastern League Coach-of-the-Year in 2001-02 and was a finalist for National Coach-of-the-Year honours. In addition to her coaching duties, Page has been a women's hockey analyst with TSN over the past five years, providing colour commentary for numerous National Women's Team games and Women's World Hockey Championship games.
"I am very excited about the opportunity that the Canadian Hockey Association has given me," said Page. "I
am looking forward to Germany and I believe that we have an excellent chance at bringing the gold medal back
Canada's Under-22 roster has 18 players who all have previous Under-22 experience and four players who have experience playing with Canada's National Women's team.
Goaltender Charline Labonté was one of the centralized players during the 2001-02 season and was an alternate goaltender for Canada during the 2002 Olympics. Gina Kingsbury was also centralized in 2001-02 and was a member of Canada's Women's World Hockey Championship team that won gold in 2001. Both Cathy Chartrand and Lara Perks made their National Women's Team debuts this season at the 2002 Four Nations Cup in Kitchener, ON, winning gold.
"Our team has a lot of international experience which will certainly help us with our quest for gold in Germany," said Julie Healy, Director of Female Hockey for the CHA. "The players are also familiar with Margot and I believe they will respond very well to her."
This year marks the fourth time that Canada has attended this event. In November 2000, Canada won gold at the 3 Nations Cup, then in February 2000, Canada won gold at the 4 nations Cup and in December 1998, Canada won gold at the Christmas Cup.
Canada’s schedule in Germany is as follows:
DATE OPPONENT TIME (EST) LOCATION
Germany 1:00pm Salzgitter, Germany (Exhibition)
Finland 10:00am Salzgitter, Germany
Switzerland 1:00pm Hanover, Germany
Germany 1:00pm Hanover, Germany