Canada's National Women's Under-22 Team Roster Named for Three Game Series Against USA
August 20, 2006

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Hockey Canada announced a roster of 22 players named to Canada’s National Under-22 Women’s Team on Sunday.  Canada’s National Under-22 Team will be facing the U.S. National Under-22 Team in a three-game series (August 24, 25 and 27) at the University of Ottawa (ON). 

The roster announcement comes after a seven-day development camp attended by 40 of the top under-22 aged players in Canada which was held in Ottawa, ON.  The camp consisted of a double round robin tournament between three teams: Team Canada Red, Team Canada White and Team Finland.

Canadian players Tara French, Chelsea Grills, Haley Irwin, and Ericka Pouliot were injured during camp and unable to complete the evaluation process.

Canada’s U22 team roster named on Sunday is composed of 13 returning players from the 2005-06 U22 squad and nine rookies (Fridfinnson, Hosier, Johnston, McMeekin, Ross, Scanzano, Smith, Thibault, and Ward). 
The U22 roster also features two players who won gold with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2006 Winter Olympic in Turin, ITA (Agosta and Vaillancourt) and two more players who were part of Canada’s Olympic centralized Women’s Team in 2005-06 (Bonhomme and Riggs).

CANADA vs. USA Game Schedule
(August 24-27, 2006)University of Ottawa (ON)

Thursday, August 24 • 7 pm (ET)                           

Canada U22 vs. USA U22                            

Friday, August 25 • 7 pm (ET)                           

Canada U22 vs. USA U22                            

Sunday, August 27 • 9:30 am (ET)           
Canada U22 vs. USA U22        

Note: there will be no TV or radio coverage of these games, however, will have full coverage including real time statistics

Canada’s U22 Head Coach Peter Smith along with Wally Kozak, Hockey Canada’s Women’s Program Head Scout, selected Canada’s U22 team with the assistance of assistant coaches Nancy Wilson and Dan Church.  Over the course of the 2005-06 season, Kozak oversaw a team of scouts and attended games, tournaments and championships all over North America, including but not limited to, the Esso Nationals, CIS Nationals, WWHL, PWHL and the NWHL.

Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Program was launched by Hockey Canada during the 1998-1999 season. The program provides female hockey players under the age of 22 with an opportunity to be evaluated against the best Under 22 players in Canada. The program also provides the players with an opportunity to gain international experience which includes playing on a bigger ice surface, high performance coaching, international travel and different playing styles and systems.  The Under-22 program identifies and evaluates players that potentially will move on to Canada’s National Women’s team and/or Women’s Olympic team in the future. Thirteen of the gold medalists on the 2006 Women’s Olympic Hockey Team started their international careers with Canada’s National Under-22 program.

For more information on Hockey Canada’s Female Program of Excellence and the National Women’s Under-22 Team, visit Hockey Canada’s official website at

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada

Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
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