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Hockey Canada sends 14 staff to IIHF High-Performance Camp in Vierumäki, Finland

Melody Davidson, Perry Pearn headline Canadian contingent

July 6, 2018

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has announced the names of 14 affiliated staff who will participate in the 2018 IIHF Women’s High-Performance Camp, set for July 7-14 in Vierumäki, Finland.

Canada joins other IIHF member nations ranked in the top-28 of the IIHF Women’s World Ranking participating in the eight-day camp, created to grow and develop the game worldwide and aid in the development of high-performance athletes through sessions and seminars. Players from various nations will participate in mixed teams and take part in on- and off-ice sessions to enhance skill-development. The IIHF will also run a number programs for coaches, goaltending coaches, video coaches, team managers, equipment managers, strength and conditioning coaches, athletic trainers, and nutritionists.

Fourteen members of the Canadian contingent will participate in the 2018 IIHF Women’s High-Performance Camp as members of the camp staff, including Melody Davidson (Oyen, Alta.), Hockey Canada’s head scout for national teams (women’s program), who will serve as camp sport director, while Perry Pearn (Stettler, Alta.), an assistant coach with the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, is a coach mentor.

The other staff that will attend the camp include:

  • coach mentor Amanda Benoit-Wark (Welland, Ont./Ridley College, JWHL)
  • goalie coach mentor Joe Johnston (Lower Sackville, N.S./Hockey Nova Scotia)
  • video coach mentor Kristopher Young (South Porcupine, Ont./Ottawa, NHL)
  • athletic therapist mentor Claire Biafore (Toronto/Canadian Women’s Hockey League)
  • on-ice skills lead Delaney Collins (Pilot Mound, Man./Hockey Canada)
  • mental preparation lead Sommer Christie (Montreal/Hockey Canada)
  • strength and conditioning mentors Colin McAuslan (Windsor, Ont./Queens University, OUA) and Ben Bahrami (Vancouver/McMaster University, OUA)
  • MNA Leadership Development Program instructor Steve Norris (Cochrane, Alta./Hockey Canada)
  • World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend instructor Mandi Duhamel (Lively, Ont./Hockey Canada)
  • camp therapists Amanda Gilroy (Whitby, Ont./Whitby, OJHL) and Rebecca Gladney (Mount Pearl, N.L./Hockey Newfoundland & Labrador)

“The IIHF Women’s High-Performance Camp is a great opportunity to work with other hockey nations on the international stage to develop young players, as well as a variety of coaches and support staff,” said Davidson. “The growth of the game benefits any time the top hockey nations bring together players and staff from around the world, and it provides those attending the camp with an opportunity to learn from world-class leaders in the sport.”

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For more information:

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
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Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
Office: 403-777-4567
Mobile: 905-906-5327
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