CALGARY, Alta. – Canada’s National Women’s Development Team will return to the ice for the first time in two years, with 43 athletes invited to participate in the BFL National Women’s Development Team Summer Camp, presented by Sobeys.
The 40 players who will attend camp – six goaltenders, 12 defence and 22 forwards – will be split into two teams and participate in practices and intrasquad games from July 29-Aug. 9 at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. The camp will also feature two scrimmages against Canada’s National Women’s Team from Aug. 7-9.
“The COVID-19 pandemic really impacted this group of athletes with limited ice time, and the opportunity to bring everyone together with an elite group of coaches will benefit them as they prepare for the upcoming season,” said Gina Kingsbury (Rouyn-Noranda, Que.), director of hockey operations with Hockey Canada. ““We look forward to welcoming our development athletes back to Calgary for summer camp, and we know this group will be excited to get on the ice together before a highly-anticipated season."
Hockey Canada has also named National Women’s Team alumnae Caroline Ouellette (Montreal, Que./Concordia University, RSEQ) and Vicky Sunohara (Scarborough, Ont./University of Toronto, OUA) head coaches for camp. They will work alongside assistant coaches Rachel Flanagan (Pontypool, Ont./University of Guelph, OUA), Chris MacKenzie (Niagara Falls, Ont./University of Connecticut, HE), Candice Moxley (Markham, Ont./Western University, OUA) and Dean Seymour (Saskatoon, Sask./PWHPA), as well as goaltending coach Perry Wilson (LaSalle, Ont./Windsor, OHL).
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Twenty-three NextGen athletes invited to participate in camp
Hockey Canada has announced that 23 NextGen athletes (born in 2003) have been invited to Calgary to participate in the BFL National Women’s Under-18 Team Summer Development Camp, presented by Sobeys, July 29-Aug. 5 at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park.
The roster, which includes three goaltenders, seven defence and 13 forwards, represents a group of athletes that attended Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team virtual summer camp last season, but were unable to participate in on-ice activities due to the pandemic. The NextGen athletes will practice and play games against both U18 camp teams.
“Despite our NextGen athletes attending our virtual summer camp last season, we wanted to make sure this age group had the opportunity to participate in a regular Hockey Canada summer camp,” said Kingsbury. “As with the rest of our athletes, the pandemic has limited the on-ice opportunities for this group, and we know this camp will provide a great opportunity for these athletes to get familiar with Canada’s National Women’s Program and to participate in a highly-competitive camp before heading to school for the upcoming season.”
Hockey Canada alumna Noémie Marin (Acton Vale, Que./John Abbott College, CEGEP) will lead the NextGen athletes as head coach throughout camp, alongside assistant coaches Chelsea Grills (Stittsville, Ont./University of Ottawa, OUA) and Cassie Turner (Campbellford, Ont./Quinnipiac University, ECAC), and goaltending coach Amanda Tapp (Calgary, Alta.).
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