Details Announced for "Team Canada Thanksgiving Festival" in Dartmouth, NS; First Step for Canada's 2004 IIHF World Women's Championship Team
September 17, 2003

CALGARY, ALBERTA – Sixty of Canada’s top women’s hockey players will be in Dartmouth, NS October, 7-12, 2003 for the “Team Canada Thanksgiving Festival” with the hope of being part of Canada’s team at the 2004 IIHF World Women’s Hockey Championship in Halifax, Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday.

The Festival, which launches the 2003-04 season for Team Canada, features a three-team tournament of Canadian women’s hockey players, from October 7-12, 2003 at the Dartmouth Sportsplex in Dartmouth, NS. A full schedule, including eight games and a skills competition, is attached. This Festival is for evaluation purposes, and no final roster will be named at the conclusion of this camp.

• Team Canada Thanksgiving Festival (October 7-12, 2003) Ticket Information

• Tickets are on sale now;

• Ticket prices: $5.00 Adults, $2.00 Youth (12 and under)

• To purchase tickets: (1) Halifax Metro Centre Box Office, (2) Charge by Phone (902) 451-1221 (service charges applies), (3) visit anyof 14 participating Sobeys Ticket Outlets in Halifax or (4) buy on line

"October marks the beginning for Team Canada and once again Halifax is in the heart of the action," says Fred MacGillivray, President and CEO of Trade Centre Limited and Chair of the 2004 IIHF World Women's Hockey Championship host committee. "Our goal is simple, to take the World Women's to the next level by providing the best ever tournament and solidifying Halifax as the best event city in the country!"

" This is where things really start to heat up," says Grant MacDonald, Event Manager, 2004 IIHF World Women's Hockey Championship. "The Team Canada Thanksgiving Festival gives hockey fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Team Canada in its making. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for youth. We wanted everyone to have an opportunity to come out and share the spirit."

Hockey Canada also announced the list of sixty Canadian players and three team rosters for the Thanksgiving Festival. The list of sixty players includes seventeen members of the 2002 Olympic Champions and nineteen of the twenty players named to the 2003 World Championship Team. (The 2003 IIHF Women’s World Championship, to be held in Beijing, China, was cancelled by the IIHF due to health and security concerns).

The sixty players attending the Thanksgiving Festival were selected following a thorough scouting and evaluation process, led by the National Women’s Team coaching staff and Hockey Canada’s Head Scout for the women’s programs, Wally Kozak. Over the course of the 2003-04 season, Kozak and the coaching staff will continue to evaluate these sixty elite players and others (at Team Canada events and with their club teams in the NWHL, College/University, and other), in preparation of naming of the final roster for the World Championship which will be named in February 2004.

The three Fesitval teams have been named ‘Team Scherer’, ‘Team St-Louis’ and ‘Team Wilson’, in honour of Canada’s first three Women’s World Championship captains, Sue Scherer (1990), France St-Louis (1992, 1994) and Stacy Wilson (1997).

The National Women’s Team coaching staff for the 2003-04 season was announced in early September, with Karen Hughes returning as Head Coach, along with assistant coaches Ken Dufton and Doug Lidster.

Player S/C Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown 2002-2003 Team
Joueur L/C T. P. Naissance Ville d'origine Équipe 2002-2003
Goaltenders/Gardiennes de but
Houston, Ali L/G 5'6 150 05/16/79 Kanata, ON Oakville Ice (NWHL)
St-Pierre, Kim L/G 5'8 150 12/14/78 Châteauguay, QC TBD/À déterminer
Bredin, Correne L/G 5'11 195 02/11/80 Warburg, AB Calgary X-Treme (NWHL)
Kaye, Sue L/G 5'6 160 02/08/80 Truro, NS TBD/À déterminer
Laska, Suzie L/G 5'9 145 11/01/79 Cobden, ON Ottawa Raiders (NWHL)
MacLeod, Carla R/D 5'4 138 06/16/82 Calgary, AB U of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Pounder, Cheryl R/D 5'6 145 06/21/76 Mississauga, ON Toronto Aeros (NWHL)
Russell, Navada R/D 5'5 165 06/30/81 Calgary, AB Calgary X-Treme (NWHL)
Apps, Gillian L/G 5'11 179 11/02/83 Unionville, ON Dartmouth College (ECAC)
Botterill, Jennifer L/G 5'9 155 05/01/79 Winnipeg, MB Toronto Aeros (NWHL)
Bourgeois, Danielle L/G 5'4 141 07/15/81 Edmonton, AB U. of Alberta (CIS)
Goyette, Danielle L/G 5'7 152 01/30/66 St-Nazaire, QC Calgary X-Treme (NWHL)
Hall, Kaley L/G 5'7 158 05/14/84 Calgary, AB Calgary X-Treme (NWHL)
Logan, Heather L/G 5'10 155 05/14/82 Napanee, ON Toronto Aeros (NWHL)
Misikowitz, Kira R/D 5'10 140 03/14/79 Mississauga, ON Oakville Ice (NWHL)
Riggs, Ashley L/G 5'3 125 03/25/85 Pickering, ON Telus Lightning (NWHL)
Savin, Jill R/D 5'4 140 05/20/81 Oakville, ON Univ. of Toronto (CIS)
Shewchuk, Tammy Lee R/D 5'4 136 12/31/77 St-Laurent, QC TBD/À déterminer
Sunohara, Vicky L/G 5'7 182 05/18/70 Scarborough, ON Brampton Thunder (NWHL)
Weatherston, Katherine R/D 5'4 146 04/06/83 Thunder Bay, ON Dartmouth College (ECAC)
Player S/C Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown 2002-2003 Team
Joueur L/C T. P. Naissance Ville d'origine Équipe 2002-2003
Goaltenders/Gardiennes de but
Chartier, Brittony L/G 6'0 157 01/25/86 Saskatoon, SK Calgary X-Treme (NWHL)
Small, Sami Jo L/G 5'7 187 03/25/76 Winnipeg, MB Toronto Aeros (NWHL)
Bilodeau, Virginie L/G 5'4 125 02/03/78 St-Etienne Lauzon, QC Montreal Axion (NWHL)
Ferrari, Gillian R/D 5'8 154 06/23/80 Thornhill, ON Toronto Aeros (NWHL)
Gagnon, Melanie R/D 5'5 135 06/11/86 St. Adolphe, MB Calgary X-Treme (NWHL)
Kellar, Becky L/G 5'7 156 01/01/75 Hagersville, ON Toronto Aeros (NWHL)
Klein-Swormink, Becky R/D 5'8 140 09/10/81 Winchester, ON Calgary X-Treme (NWHL)
Malcher, Kim L/G 5'8 178 01/28/80 Bolton, ON Toronto Aeros (NWHL)
Antal, Dana R/D 5'7 138 04/19/77 Esterhazy, SK Calgary X-Treme (NWHL)
Breton, Lisa-Marie L/G 5'4 1xx 08/03/77 St-Zacharie, QC Montreal Axion (NWHL)
Campbell, Cassie L/G 5'8 150 11/22/73 Brampton, ON Calgary X-Treme (NWHL)
Clarke, La Toya L/G 5'3 140 06/11/81 Pickering, ON U. of Minnesota (WCHA)
Desrosiers, Annie L/G 5'8 160 07/29/80 St-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, QC Toronto Aeros (NWHL)
Eustace, Joanne R/D 5'6 152 01/20/81 Torbay, NF Telus Lightning (NWHL)
Grills, Chelsea L/G 5'6 145 03/12/85 Stittsville, ON St. Lawrence U. (ECAC)
Hefford, Jayna L/G 5'5 143 05/14/77 Kingston, ON Brampton Thunder (NWHL)
Piper, Cherie R/D 5'5 173 06/29/81 Scarborough, ON Dartmouth College (ECAC)
Stephenson, Darlene R/D 5'5 144 12/03/81 Virden, MB Providence (EAST)
Walton, Meagan R/D 5'7 158 08/23/83 Calgary, AB Dartmouth College (ECAC)
West, Sommer R/D 5'8 160 04/24/78 Bowmanville, ON Toronto Aeros (NWHL)
Player S/C Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown 2002-2003 Team
Joueur L/C T. P. Naissance Ville d'origine Équipe 2002-2003
Goaltenders/Gardiennes de but
Labonté, Charline L/G 5'8 172 10/15/82 Boisbriand, QC Montreal Axion (NWHL)
Pinelli, Tania L/G 5'6 156 05/11/79 Hamilton, ON Oakville Ice (NWHL)
Brisson, Therese R/D 5'7 164 10/05/66 Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC Oakville Ice (NWHL)
Chartrand, Cathy R/D 5'10 194 05/08/81 Lac Nominingue, QC Montreal (NWHL)
Collins, Delaney L/G 5'3 129 05/02/77 Pilot Mound, MB U. of Alberta (CIS)
McArthur, Krista L/G 5'7 147 02/14/83 Alliston, ON U of Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA
Sostorics, Colleen 5'4 177 140 12/17/79 Kennedy, SK Calgary X-Treme (NWHL)
Turner, Cassandra R/D 5'7 190 05/20/81 Campbellford, ON Toronto Aeros (NWHL)
Allard, Marie-Claude R/D 5'4 150 03/18/79 Neufchatel, QC Montréal Axion (NWHL)
Béchard, Kelly R/D 5'9 145 01/22/78 Sedley, SK Calgary X-Treme (NWHL)
Creary, Jeni R/D 5'5 142 09/28/83 Shell Lake, SK Ohio State University (WCHA)
Drolet, Nancy L/G 5'6 145 08/02/73 Drummondville, QC TBD/À déterminer
Dupuis, Lori L/G 5'8 169 11/14/72 Cornwall, ON Brampton Thunder (NWHL)
Haggard, Carly R/D 5'5 181 04/12/81 Port Alberni, BC Oakville Ice (NWHL)
Holmes, Samantha R/D 5'8 152 06/23/77 Mississauga, ON Calgary X-Treme (NWHL)
Hunter, Meaghan L/G 5'9 158 04/20/81 Oil Springs, ON U. of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Kingsbury, Gina L/G 5'7 140 11/26/81 Rouyn-Noranda, QC St. Lawrence U. (ECAC)
Ouellette, Caroline L/G 5'11 174 05/25/79 Montréal, QC Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
Perks, Lara R/D 5'8 166 08/09/81 Trenton, ON Toronto Aeros (NWHL)
Vaillancourt, Sarah R/D 5'5 142 05/08/85 Sherbrooke, QC Pomfret Prep (US HS)

The IIHF World Women’s Hockey Championship will once again be hosted inCanada in 2004. The 2004 IIHF World Women’s Hockey Championship will runfrom March 30- in Halifax, NS.

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