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Road to PyeongChang: Halli Krzyzaniak

A closer look at the defenceman from Neepawa, Man., centralized with Canada’s National Women’s Team

Jason La Rose
December 9, 2017

Position: Defence
Hometown: Neepawa, Man.
Birthdate: February 4, 1995
Club Team: University of North Dakota (WCHA)

Road to Centralization
2003-04: Neepawa (Novice A)
2004-05: Neepawa (Atom B)
2005-06: Neepawa (Atom A)
2006-07: Neepawa (Peewee B)
2007-08: Neepawa (Peewee A)
2008-13: Pursuit of Excellence (Midget)
2013-17: University of North Dakota (WCHA)

Team Canada Experience
International debut: August 18, 2011 vs. United States
Canada’s National Women’s Team (2014-17): 31GP 3G 5A 8P
Canada’s National Women’s Development Team (2014-17): 15GP 0G 3A 3P
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team (2011-13): 18GP 3G 9A 12P

Olympic & World Championship Experience
2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship – 5GP 0G 1A 1P (silver medal)
2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship – 5GP 2G 0A 2P (silver medal)
2015 IIHF Women’s World Championship – 5GP 0G 1A 1P (silver medal)
2013 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship – 5GP 2G 5A 7P (gold medal)
2012 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship – 5GP 0G 1A 1P (gold medal)

Who has played the biggest role in getting you to centralization?
“Definitely my parents. Growing up, they instilled in me a lot of values that have helped make me the player and person I am today. Their unconditional support allows me to keep reaching for my dreams and pushing my limits.”

When did you decide you wanted to play for Team Canada?
“Women’s worlds in 2007. It was held in Winnipeg, and I watched the final game in a packed arena as Canada won gold. It was the first time that I saw women’s hockey at that stage and I instantly knew that I wanted to be out there wearing that jersey.”

What is the most important thing hockey has given you?
“Along with all of the lifelong friendships that I’ve gained through this sport, I would have to say the countless life skills that help me to succeed outside of the arena. The skills you learn through hockey really set you up for life.”

For more information:

Dominick Saillant
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
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Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
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Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
Office: 403-777-4567
Mobile: 905-906-5327
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