ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – Canada’s quest for gold on home ice begins tonight when it plays its opening game of the 2016 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship at 7:30 p.m. ET against Russia at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines.
Prior to the opening game, head coach Lisa Haley announced that Lindsay Agnew (Oakville, Ont./Mississauga, PWHL) will wear the 'C' for Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team at the world championship, while Jaime Bourbonnais (Mississauga, Ont./Oakville, PWHL), and Malia Schneider (Millarville, Alta./Pursuit of Excellence, CSSHL) will serve as alternate captains.
“We have an outstanding team of athletes that has been preparing for this championship. We also have a strong leadership group among our players, including the three that have been chosen to wear a letter for this team. Their experience and preparation on and off the ice will help lead our players for the next week,” said Haley.
Canada will also face the Czech Republic on Saturday, Jan. 9 and the United States on Monday, Jan. 11, in preliminary-round action. The quarter-finals are scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 12 with the semifinals set for Thursday, Jan. 14. The world championship concludes with the bronze-medal and gold-medal games which are scheduled for Friday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. ET and 7:30 p.m. ET, respectively.
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team includes three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards.
Melody Davidson, general manager of national women’s teams programs, assembled the roster along with Hockey Canada’s regional scouts, head coach Lisa Haley, assistant coaches Greg Fargo, Gina Kingsbury, and Britni Smith, and goaltending consultant Perry Wilson.
Among the 23 players are three who return to the international stage after taking home a silver medal at the 2015 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., last January - Agnew, Ryleigh Houston (Winnipeg, Man./Balmoral Hall, JWHL) and Kristin O’Neill (Oakville, Ont./Stoney Creek, PWHL).
Canada’s roster also includes:
- 10 players who won a gold medal with Ontario Red at the 2015 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Huntsville, Ont. (Agnew, Berg, Bourbonnais, Edgar, Howran, Maltais, Neatby, O’Neill, Tinker, Watts);
- Five players who won a silver medal with Manitoba at the 2015 National Women’s Under-18 Championship (Bell, Elmes, Friesen, Houston, Oswald);
- One player who won a bronze medal with Ontario Blue at the 2015 National Women’s Under-18 Championship (Frappier).
After taking home a silver medal in 2015 in Buffalo, N.Y., the Canadians will be in search of their fifth gold medal in tournament history, having won in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Esther Madziya, Hockey Canada’s coordinator of media relations is on site in St. Catharines for the 2016 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship. Please contact her at (403) 519-5754 or email@example.com for Team Canada interview requests.
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