Forty-Seven Players Invited to Women's Under-18 Strength, Conditioning and Skating Camp
to Be Held in Calgary From May 22-25, 2008
May 9, 2008

CALGARY – Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Team head coach/general manager Melody Davidson announced on Friday that 47 of the country’s top under-18 women’s players will converge on Calgary from May 22-25, 2008 for a strength, conditioning and skating camp.

Players invited to this strength and conditioning/skating camp were selected by Melody Davidson and Hockey Canada’s regional scouts in cooperation with club teams and Hockey Canada’s 13 member branches.

The camp roster includes three members (Laura Fortino, Brianne Jenner, Marie-Philip Poulin) of Canada’s 2007-08 National Women’s Under-18 Team, which captured a silver medal at the inaugural IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in January in Calgary, AB. Five players on the women’s under-18 strength and conditioning camp roster (Kaleigh Fratkin, Breann Frykas, Jenner, Poulin, Jessica Wong) played for Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team in August 2008, sweeping a three-game series against the USA.

The 47 players will be put through fitness testing and skating drills over the course of the four-day camp. Off-ice sessions will not be accessible while on-ice times at the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary will be posted at at a later date. Please note that the focus for all on-ice sessions will be on skating techniques, and there will be no pucks on the ice.

Hockey Canada will also use the camp as an opportunity to get to know the players and give them off-ice training techniques, as well as proper nutritional guidance. Using the 2007-08 on-ice evaluation, performance at this camp and, for the goaltenders, their performance at a June goaltenders’ camp, Hockey Canada officials will make their selections for a July under-18 camp, which will lead to selections for the National Women’s Under-18 Team for the 2008-09 season.

Goaltenders (6)
Roxane Douville, 1991, Beloeil, QC/ Richelieu Midget
Jenesica Drinkwater, 1991, Brantford, ON/ Stoney Creek
Michala Jeffries, 1991, Fiske, MB/ Swift Current Midget
Tara Lacquette, 1991, Waterhen, MB/ Parkland, Midget
Nicole Paniccia, 1992, Oakville, ON/ Toronto, PWHL
Cassie Seguin, 1991, Ingleside, ON/ Ottawa, PWHL

Defence (14)
Katie Allen, 1991, Red Deer, AB/ Red Deer Midget
Rayna Cruickshank, 1991, Cumberland, BC/ North Island Midget
Shannon Doyle, 1992, Baldwin, ON/ Toronto, PWHL
Laura Fortino, 1991, Hamilton, ON/ Stoney Creek, PWHL
Kaleigh Fratkin, 1992, Burnaby, BC/ Burnaby Midget Boys
Brittany Hergesheimer, 1991, East St. Paul, MB/ Balmoral Hall Midget
Brigette Lacquette, 1991, Waterhen, MB/ Parkland Midget
Stefanie McKeough, 1991, Carlsbad Springs, ON/ Ottawa, PWHL
Laurie-Anne Ménard, 1992, Chicoutimi, QC/ Chicoutimi Midget
Kathryn Miller, 1991, Milverton, ON/ Mississauga, PWHL
Saige Pacholok, 1991, Edmonton, AB/ Edmonton, WWHL
Cassandra Poudrier, 1992, Riviere-Rouge, QC/ Mont-Laurier Midget
Shannon Stoneburgh, 1993, Pickering, ON/ Durham Midget AA
Hailey Wood, 1991, Lethbridge, AB/ Warner School Midget

Forwards (27)
Ariane Barker, 1992, Napierville, QC/ Richelieu
Christine Bestland, 1992, Brunkild, MB/ Balmoral Hall Midget
Jessica Campbell, 1992, Melville, SK/ Melville Midget
Holly Carrie-Mattimore, 1991, Sherwood Park, AB/ Sherwood Park Midget
Sarah Davis, 1992, Paradise, NL/ St. John’s Minor Midget
Tess Dusik, 1992, Oak Bluff, MB/ Balmoral Hall Midget
Breann Frykas, 1991, East St. Paul, MB/ Balmoral Hall Midget
Brienna Gillanders, 1992, Kyle, SK/ Swift Current Midget
Brianne Jenner, 1991, Oakville, ON/ Stoney Creek PWHL
Laurie Kingsbury, 1992, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC/ Lac St-Louis Midget
Casandra Langan, 1991, Chatham, ON/ London, PWHL
Élarie Leclair-Célestin, 1992, Varennes, QC/ Richelieu Midget AA
Kathleen McDonald, 1991, Kamloops, BC/ Kamloops Midget
Jenna McParland, 1992, Schreiber, ON/ Thunder Bay
Isabel Ménard, 1992, Ottawa, ON/ Cornwall
Shelby Nisbet, 1992, Wiseton, SK/ Swift Current Midget
Alex Normore, 1992, Bedford, NS/ Team Atlantic
Brittany Phillips, 1992, Lauder, MB/ Westman Midget
Marie-Philip Poulin, 1991, Beauceville, QC/ Montreal, CWHL
Jamie-Lee Rattray, 1992, Kanata, ON/ Ottawa, PWHL
Jillian Saulnier, 1992, Halifax, NS/ Berkshire School
Danielle Skirrow, 1991, Trenton, ON/ Durham West, PWHL
Candice Styles, 1991, Orangeville, ON/ Mississauga, PWHL
Kayla Sullivan, 1991, Caledonia, ON/ Stoney Creek, PWHL
Alley Tarr, 1992, London, ON/ Bluewater
Katie Wilson, 1991, Winnipeg, MB/ Notre Dame Midget
Jessica Wong, 1991, Baddeck, NS/ Stoney Creek, PWHL

Invited but unable to attend
Vanessa Plante, 1991, Riviere-du-Loup, QC/ Bas St-Laurent Midget

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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