Canada's National Women's Olympic Centralized Team Begins Full Time Training in Calgary; Canada's 2005-06 Pre-Olympic Schedule Announced
August 8, 2005

CALGARY, ALBERTA – Canada’s National Women’s Olympic centralized team of 27 players will take to the ice today to begin its 2005-2006 full-time centralization in Calgary, AB in preparation for the 2006 Winter Olympics being held in Turin, Italy February 10-26.

The Centralized Team is made up of the top 27 female Canadian hockey players, which will train full-time in Calgary beginning today.  Canada’s National women’s team has centralized full-time in Calgary prior to both the 20 Winter Olympic Games in the same fashion.

Canada’s Centralized roster was announced on May 9th,  first mobilized in Charlottetown, PEI on May 23rd as a group for a three week conditioning and orientation camp. The players then returned to their respective homes and are now living and training full time in Calgary in preparation for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy in February, 2006.

The players and staff arrived in Calgary last week and spent the week with off-ice workouts and testing.

During the 2005-2006 season, Canada’s Women’s Centralized hockey team will play 46 games in preparation for the Olympics, including six games versus the USA - three in Canada and three in the United States, the Four Nations Cup in Finland in August/September, a pre-Olympic Tournament in Turin , and a series of games against Midget AAA teams in Alberta.  

Canada’s first international game during the 2005-2006 season will be in Calgary on Saturday, August 20 versus Finland at Father David Bauer Olympic Arena.  The game is open to the public, no charge.

“We are thrilled to get our Olympic preparations under way and to begin our training full time in Calgary,” said Head Coach Melody Davidson. “Now that our players and staff are together in Calgary, we look forward to a full season of preparation with the pinnacle being our trip to the Olympics in February.”

Davidson will lead Canada behind the bench as Head Coach of Canada’s Women’s Olympic Team during the 2005-2006 season, and is joined by assistant coaches: Tim Bothwell, Margot Page and Peter Smith.

The 20 player roster that will represent Canada in women’s hockey for the Olympics does not officially have to be named until 24 hours prior to Canada’s first Olympic game which is against Italy on .

Canada’s National Women’s Centralized team will hold practices in Calgary at 10am each day (Monday – Saturday), during the weeks they are in Calgary and not traveling for the 2005-2006 season and all sessions are open to the media and to the public.  To confirm practice times in Calgary during the season and to set up media interviews, please contact Sean Kelso at 403-777-4552.

Date Time (Local) Teams Location Tickets
Date Heure (Locale) Équipes Endroit Billets
08/20/05 19:00 CAN - FIN Calgary, AB (Father David Bauer) Free/Sans frais
08/23/05 19:30 CAN - CAN (U22) Calgary, AB (Father David Bauer) Free/Sans frais
08/25/05 15:30 CAN - CAN (U22) Calgary, AB (Father David Bauer) Free/Sans frais
08/26/05 13:30 CAN - CAN (U22) Calgary, AB (Father David Bauer) Free/Sans frais
Four Nations Cup/Coupe des quatre nations
08/30/05 15:00 CAN - SWE Hameenlinna, FIN TBD/À déterminer
08/31/05 14:00 CAN - USA Hameenlinna, FIN TBD/À déterminer
09/03/05 16:00 CAN - FIN Tampere, FIN TBD/À déterminer
09/04/05 17:00 Gold/Or Hameenlinna, FIN TBD/À déterminer
Exhibition : CAN - USA
10/06/05 20:00 CAN - USA Regina, SK (Brandt Centre) TBD/À déterminer 08/11/05
10/08/05 12:00 CAN - USA Saskatoon, SK (Credit Union Centre) TBD/À déterminer 08/11/05
Pre-Olympic Event/Évenement pre-olympique
11/07/05 20:00 CAN - SWE Torino, ITA (Palasport) TBD/À déterminer
11/08/05 16:00 CAN - FIN Torino, ITA (Palasport) TBD/À déterminer
11/10/05 20:00 CAN -USA Torino, ITA (Espoosizioni) TBD/À déterminer
11/12/05 16:00 Gold/Or Torino, ITA (Espoosizioni) TBD/À déterminer
Other International Matches/Matchs internationaux
11/27/05 TBD/À déterminer CAN - USA Columbus, OH (Nationawide Arena) TBD/À déterminer
12/01/05 19:00 CAN - USA Chicago, IL (United Centre) TBD/À déterminer
12/10/05 20:30 CAN - SWE Alberta TBD/À déterminer
12/11/05 16:30 CAN - SWE Alberta TBD/À déterminer
12/13/05 15:30 CAN - SWE Calgary, AB (Father David Bauer) TBD/À déterminer
12/30/05 TBD/À déterminer CAN - USA St. Paul, MN (Xcel Energy Arena) TBD/À déterminer
01/01/06 14:30 CAN - USA Winnipeg, MB (MTS Centre) TBD/À déterminer 08/11/05

For more information:

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


Morgan Bell
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427 / 403-669-1261 (mobile)


Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4567 / 905-906-5327 (mobile)


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