From Nov. 4-8, 160 players will play for pride of province and region at the 2015 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Huntsville. Before the puck
drops, take a closer look at a few U18 nationals facts and figures.
3 – players who won a silver medal with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship: Ryleigh Houston
(Manitoba), and Lindsay Agnew and Kristin O’Neill (Ontario Red).
3 – players who have won the Esso Cup: Tammy-Lee Corbeil (Quebec) with LHFDQ Nord in 2013; and Bailee Bourassa and Madi Solie (Saskatchewan) in 2014 with
the Weyburn Gold Wings, who will host the 2016 Esso Cup.
5 – players who won gold medals with two different teams. Victoria Bach, Rebecca Leslie, Ainsley MacMillan, Mackenzie MacNeil and Hailey Noronha were
victorious with Ontario Blue in 2012, then again a year later with Ontario Red.
8 – players who have won gold medals at the National Women’s Under-18 Championship, IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship and Olympic Winter Games.
Completing the golden hat trick are Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Rebecca Johnston, Laura Fortino, Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner, Natalie Spooner and Jennifer
8 – gold medals won, in nine tries, by Ontario Red. The only other team to be crowned U18 nationals champion? Ontario Blue, in 2012.
8 – players from Nova Scotia, the most represented province on Atlantic’s roster. The team also includes five players from New Brunswick, four from
Newfoundland and Labrador, and three from Prince Edward Island.
8 – players from both the Oakville Junior Hornets and the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy, the most represented teams in Huntsville. The Hornets’
contingent is spread out across three teams: Ontario Blue (four players), Ontario Red (three) and Atlantic (one), while POE has five players representing
British Columbia and three with Alberta.
11 – players coming to Huntsville, Ont., who competed at the 2013 U18 nationals. Lindsay Agnew and Kristin O’Neill, members of Ontario Red, won a silver
medal with Ontario Blue two years ago. Codie Cross and Sarah Lecavalier won bronze with Alberta.
11 – Canada’s National Women’s Team alumnae who were recognized with individual awards. The honourees include Most Valuable Player (Laura Fridinnson, Halli
Krzyzaniak and Marie-Philip Poulin), Top Forward (Meghan Agosta, Rebecca Johnston, Sarah Potomak, Jamie Lee Rattray and Poulin, twice), Top Defenceman
(Krzyzaniak, Brigette Lacquette and Jocelyne Larocque), Top Goaltender (Christina Kessler) and Most Sportsmanlike Player (Jillian Saulnier).
14 – members of the 2014 Olympic gold-medal-winning National Women’s Team who competed in at least one U18 nationals. Collectively, they won 22 medals (13
gold, eight silver and one bronze).
21 – members of Canada’s National Women’s Team for the 2015 4 Nations Cup roster who competed in at least one U18 nationals. Collectively, they won 21
medals (11 gold, eight silver and two bronze).
22 – players who have competed at the Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship. Among them are two players who won individual awards in 2015
with the Saskatoon Stars: Sophie Shirley (Most Valuable Player and Top Scorer) and Nara Elia (Most Sportsmanlike Player).
22 – players who were part of Canada’s National Under-18 Women’s Team for a three-game series against the United States in August. Amy Potomak (British
Columbia) led the team in scoring with one goal and three assists; Emma Maltais (Ontario Red) had two goals.
30 – career points scored by Marie-Philip Poulin, the most ever. Poulin represented Quebec three times (November 2005, 2007, 2008), having her best year,
points wise, in 2007, when she scored three goals and set the single-year assist mark with 10 helpers.
54 – alumnae of Canada’s National Women’s Team who have played at the U18 nationals. The most recent was Sarah Potomak, who played for British Columbia in
2012 and 2013.
56 – players who competed at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Quebec’s roster includes six players who were part of the gold-medal-winning team in Prince
George, B.C.: Rosalie Bégin-Cyr, Tammy-Lee Corbeil, Marie-Pier Coulombe, Deziray De Sousa, Gabrielle David and Kimberly Vigneault.
1,062 – number of players (945 skaters; 117 goalies) who have participated in the tournament since it began in 2001. After this year that number will
increase to 1,211 (1,079 skaters; 132 goalies).