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Like father, like daughter: Alex and Bobby Carpenter

Alex Carpenter is doing dad proud by building her own name in the game

Wendy Graves
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November 05, 2014

It’s not easy making your name as a hockey player.

It’s especially difficult when the name on the back of your jersey was seen in arenas around the National Hockey League for nearly two decades.

But for Alex Carpenter – daughter of Bobby Carpenter – being immersed in her dad’s passion helped fuel her own.

“When I was very young I would go to games all the time,” says the U.S. forward. “I thought it was the coolest thing to watch games and video with him. I fell in love with it from an early age because of him.”

The Washington Capitals selected Bobby Carpenter third overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, making him the first American-born player picked in the first round. Bobby would play for five NHL teams, capturing the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995.

While Carpenter is too young to remember that championship – “I was one. I was told I ate Cheerios out of [the Stanley Cup]” – her family would get two more days to spend with the Cup after Bobby became an assistant coach with the team.

“In 2000 and 2003 we had Stanley Cup parties at our lake house in Alton Bay, N.H.,” she says. “Family and friends came up and hung out the whole day.”

By 2000, six-year-old Carpenter was just as comfortable on the ice as dad, and just as familiar around the Devils’ rink. Bobby would often pick his daughter up from school and take her to the team’s practice facility in West Orange, N.J.

It was there where she took aim at a fellow future Olympian.
 
“(One day) I put on Brian Gionta’s skates because I left mine at home,” says Carpenter. “I went out and took a few shots on (Martin) Brodeur after they were done practice, which was pretty fun.”

Bobby fostered this love of the game for his kids at home as well, just like his dad had done for him.

“My grandfather built a rink for my dad when he was young,” says Carpenter, “so my dad built a backyard rink for us wherever we lived.”

Family shinny, including younger brothers Robert and Brendan, was common.

It could also sometimes get out of hand.

“We’d be checking each other into the snowbanks on the side of the rink,” says Carpenter.

Mom Julie, a former competitive figure skater, would sometimes get on the ice with the kids, too, but she was just as likely to work with them away from the action, helping them with their strides. “We were so young at the time, but I believe it helped a lot in developing us as skaters,” says Carpenter.

Bobby started going to daughter’s games after he retired, often watching from the corner of the rink by himself.

“He picked up on little things that none of our coaches were able to pick up on,” says Carpenter. “One of the most important things he taught us was to be humble – to be a playmaker and not hog the puck.” When you’re young, she says, you tend to have tunnel vision for the back of the net. “He wanted us to be all-around players the offensive and defensive zones.”

Not that the kids would necessarily always listen. Admittedly thick-headed as a younger player, Carpenter was slow to warm to all of her dad’s suggestions. “As we got older we learned that he knew a lot about the game and we really took that to heart.” While praise would come after a really well-played game, that wasn’t what made her better.

“He knew that constructive criticism was what was going to make us better players,” says Carpenter. “And we knew every game we played he was proud of us, no matter what.”

Carpenter is now a junior at Boston College and has both a world championship gold medal and an Olympic silver medal to her name. But she still likes to call on dad to break down video with her. Last Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve were spent studying game tape from the United States’ pre-Olympic tour. This season they’ll study her college games.

And what does dad notice? Maybe trying a pass here or skating more there, says Carpenter. “It’s little nit-picky things, but they make a big difference.”

Dad’s words of wisdom have gone beyond the ice as well. Her mini-sticks game already honed years ago in the hallways in West Orange (thanks to a young Jay Pandolfo), Carpenter has learned from her dad the keys – nutrition and rest – to managing a long season.

As Carpenter, still only 22, continues to rack up points and medals – and her brother Robert carves his own identity with the Sioux City Muskateers of the United States Hockey League – the conversation has shifted. Before, it was Alex and Robert, son of former NHLer Bobby. “It’s starting to change a bit,” says Carpenter. “People recognize my brother and me for who we are as players. Obviously, we have great bloodlines from our father and we acknowledge that.”

But she won’t dwell on it.

“I’m not even playing for the name on the back,” she says. “What’s on the front is more important.”

Canada adds to 4 Nations Cup roster

Victoria Bach added to roster for international tournament in Saskatoon, Sask.

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November 03, 2018

SASKATOON, Sask. – Hockey Canada has announced the addition of Victoria Bach (Milton, Ont./Markham, CWHL) to Team Canada’s roster for the 4 Nations Cup, Nov. 6-10 in Saskatoon.

Bach was one of 59 players invited to participate in Canada’s National Women’s Team Fall Festival in Dawson Creek, B.C., in September. The camp was the first step in the evaluation and development of players for the 4 Nations Cup and other short-term international competitions this season.

Bach was selected third overall by Markham in the 2018 Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) Draft. In her rookie campaign with the Thunder, she is tied for third in team scoring with four points, including three goals, in six games. Bach is a three-time medallist with Canada’s National Women’s Development Team at the Nations Cup, winning gold twice (2015, 2016) and adding a silver medal in 2017. Bach also won a gold medal with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team at the 2014 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.

Canada will travel to Prince Albert, Sask., to play its lone pre-tournament game on Nov. 4 against Finland. It opens preliminary-round play Nov. 6 against Sweden, and will also face the United States (Nov. 7), and Finland (Nov. 9) at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.

The bronze- and gold-medal games will be played Saturday, Nov. 10; the full schedule can be found at HockeyCanada.ca. Full-event ticket packages, as well as day passes beginning at $30, can be purchased at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.

Since the debut of the 4 Nations Cup in 1996, Canada’s National Women’s Team has won gold on 14 occasions (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014) and brought home a silver medal eight times (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017).

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook, Twitter or Twitter.com/HC_Women.

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Canada makes 4 Nations Cup roster changes

Two players added to roster for tournament in Saskatoon, Sask.

November 01, 2018

SASKATOON, Sask. – Hockey Canada announced Thursday that forwards Emily Clark (Saskatoon, Sask./University of Wisconsin, WCHA) and Sarah Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C./University of Minnesota, WCHA) will be unable to participate in the 2018 4 Nations Cup due to injury.

Joining Canada’s National Women’s Team for the tournament are Kristin O’Neill (Oakville, Ont./Cornell University, ECAC) and Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont./Markham, CWHL).

O’Neill and Rattray were among 59 players invited to attend Canada’s National Women’s Team Fall Festival in Dawson Creek, B.C., in September. The camp was the first step in the evaluation and development of players for the 4 Nations Cup and other short-term international competitions this season.

Canada is set to play its lone pre-tournament game on Nov. 4 against Finland in Prince Albert, Sask., before preliminary-round play against Sweden (Nov. 6), the United States (Nov. 7), and Finland (Nov. 9) at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.

The bronze- and gold-medal games will be played Saturday, Nov. 10; the full schedule can be found at HockeyCanada.ca. Full-event ticket packages, as well as day passes beginning at $30, can be purchased at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.

Since the debut of the 4 Nations Cup in 1996, Canada’s National Women’s Team has won gold on 14 occasions (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014) and brought home a silver medal eight times (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017).

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook, Twitter or Twitter.com/HC_Women.

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Team Canada named for 4 Nations Cup in Saskatoon

Twenty-three players look to capture Canada’s first gold medal since 2014

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October 11, 2018

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada unveiled the 23 players (three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards) who will be aiming to capture Canada’s first 4 Nations Cup gold medal in four years when the event hits Canadian ice Nov. 6-10 in Saskatoon, Sask.

The roster was chosen from the 59 players invited to attend Canada’s National Women’s Team Fall Festival, Sept. 8-16 in Dawson Creek, B.C. The identification camp featured two squads participating in fitness testing, off-ice workouts, and a series of games as the national team program’s initial step in evaluating and developing players ahead of the 4 Nations Cup and other short-term international competitions during the 2018-19 season.

“This will be a good test for our players and program as we enter into a new four-year cycle leading into the next Olympics,” said Gina Kingsbury, Hockey Canada’s director of women’s national teams. “We have a committed and determined group of players looking to establish themselves as the top hockey nation among the best nations in the world. The 4 Nations Cup in Saskatoon will be an important measuring stick for us this season and leading into the IIHF Women’s World Championship next April.”

Canada’s roster for the 2018 4 Nations Cup includes:

  • Fourteen players who won a silver medal with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea (Clark, Daoust, Fast, Fortino, Jenner, Johnston, Larocque, Nurse, Poulin, Saulnier, Spooner, Stacey, Szabados, Turnbull);
  • Seventeen players who won a silver medal at the 2017 4 Nations Cup in Tampa, Fla. (Clark, Daoust, Fast, Fortino, Jenner, Johnston, Krzyzaniak, Larocque, Nurse, Potomak, Poulin, Saulnier, Spooner, Stacey, Szabados, Turnbull, Zandee-Hart);
  • Nine players who won a gold medal at the 2014 4 Nations Cup in Kamloops, B.C. (Clark, Fortino, Jenner, Johnston, Krzyzaniak, Larocque, Saulnier, Spooner, Turnbull); and
  • Five players who will compete in their first 4 Nations Cup (Bourbonnais, Fillier, Gabel, Gosling, Tiley).

 

Canada will play a pre-tournament game on Nov. 4 against Finland in Prince Albert, Sask., before preliminary-round play against Sweden (Nov. 6), the United States (Nov. 7), and Finland (Nov. 9) at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. The bronze- and gold-medal games will be played Saturday, Nov. 10; the full schedule can be found at HockeyCanada.ca. Full event ticket packages, as well as day passes beginning at $30, can be purchase at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.

Hockey Canada also announced that Perry Pearn (Stettler, Alta.) will serve as head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 4 Nations Cup. Pearn will be joined by assistant coaches Doug Derraugh (Arnprior, Ont./Cornell University, ECAC), Hockey Canada alumna and four-time Olympic gold-medallist, Caroline Ouellette (Montreal/Concordia University, RSEQ), who announced her retirement as a player in September, and Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.). Pasco Valana (Delta, B.C./University of B.C., CW) will serve as the team’s goaltending consultant.

At the conclusion of the 4 Nations Cup, Kingsbury, in consultation with head scout Melody Davidson (Oyen, Alta.), will continue to evaluate players through their club teams ahead of the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship, April 4-14, in Espoo, Finland.

Since the debut of the 4 Nations Cup in 1996, Canada’s National Women’s Team has won gold 14 times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014) and brought home a silver medal eight times (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017).

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook, Twitter or Twitter.com/HC_Women.

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Saskatoon prepares for 2018 4 Nations Cup with call for volunteers

Day passes, ticket packages available now for purchase

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September 26, 2018

SASKATOON, Sask. – As Saskatoon prepares to welcome the top women’s hockey nations for the 4 Nations Cup Nov. 6-10, local organizers are looking for volunteers to help deliver the world-class event being hosted at the SaskTel Centre. 

The 4 Nations Cup brings together the world’s leading nations in women’s hockey – Canada, the United States, Sweden and Finland – for five days of high-paced, international competition. The City of Bridges will host national team players and staff from the four participating countries, and organizers are now accepting online applications for the many volunteer roles needed to support the event – from transportation, to team and media services, and fan experience. 

“The 4 Nations Cup is an outstanding showcase of international women’s hockey, and we are proud to be one of only six Canadian cities to have hosted this event,” said E.J. Babey, chair of the 2018 4 Nations Cup host organizing committee. “It takes a lot of volunteer time and commitment to make an event like this a success, but I know that Saskatoon is filled with passionate hockey fans who will step up to ensure this is an unforgettable experience for the teams and fans alike.”

Saskatchewan has produced tremendous female hockey talent that has represented Canada on the world stage – and at previous 4 Nations Cup events specifically – including Dana Antal, Kelly Bechard, Hayley Wickenheiser, Colleen Sostorics, and Saskatoon’s own Emily Clark.

“The Saskatchewan Hockey Association is extremely excited to see the 2018 4 Nations Cup come to Saskatoon in November. It is a great opportunity to promote female hockey and the SHA is currently undergoing a lot of extremely positive change to the structure of female hockey in the province in support of its terrific growth,” said Kelly McClintock, general manager of the Saskatchewan Hockey Association. “The 4 Nations Cup will provide young girls in our province with a glimpse of who the best female players in the world are, who they can emulate their game after and who can be their new role model.”

“Playing on home ice is a special opportunity for any player,” said Gina Kingsbury, Hockey Canada’s director of national women’s teams. “The fan support brings another level of play to your game, and it’s a feeling that as a player you just can’t describe. Saskatoon is a hockey city, and we’re looking forward to being there in November.”

The 4 Nations Cup has only been hosted in Canada seven other times in its nearly 25-year history, and provides a unique opportunity for fans to see these elite athletes over a five-day, eight-game schedule. Full event ticket packages, as well as day passes beginning at $30, can be purchase at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow through social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter.com/HC_Women.

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Canada’s National Women's Team takes silver at 4 Nations Cup

Loss leaves Canada with seventh silver medal at annual tournament

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November 05, 2016
JÄRVENPÄÄ, FinlandCanada’s National Women’s Team finished with its seventh silver medal at the 4 Nations Cup after a 5-3 loss to the United States in the gold-medal game Saturday night.

Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Montreal, CWHL) opened the scoring for Canada just under four minutes into the first period and added another late in the third. Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont./Brampton, CWHL) briefly brought Canada even six minutes into the final frame, but the Americans added three goals in five minutes to provide the difference. Between the pipes, Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, Alta./Calgary, CWHL) turned away 21 of 26 shots on goal.

“I think we learned a lot as a group this week; we had a lot of new girls come in but as a group we played well. What we really need to learn coming away from this is playing a full 60-minute game and being consistent,” said alternate captain Laura Fortino (Hamilton, Ont./Brampton, CWHL). “We need to really buy into the systems and trust in those, especially playing against the United States, because every shift counts and we need to bring that work ethic and commitment every single time.”

Canada finished the tournament with a 3-1 record after defeating Finland, Sweden and the United States in the preliminary round.

“Our team, especially yesterday, was able to show that they could play as a unit with a lot of poise and a lot of structure and I think that is really going to be beneficial as we move forward to help us be successful,” said head coach Laura Schuler (Scarborough, Ont./Dartmouth College, ECAC). “Obviously today we weren't able to maintain that for 60 minutes and that will be our goal going forward against the U.S."

Since the debut of the 4 Nations Cup in 1996, Canada’s National Women’s Team has won the gold medal a total of 14 times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014), and earned silver on seven occasions (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016).

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Team Program, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow through social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter.com/HC_Women.

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Canada’s National Women’s Team claims silver at 4 Nations Cup

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November 08, 2015

SUNDSVALL, Sweden – Canada’s National Women’s Team claimed its sixth silver medal at the 4 Nations Cup, falling 3-2 in overtime to the United States on Sunday afternoon.

Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont../Toronto, CWHL) opened up scoring for Canada just over a minute into the second, while Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont.) added Canada’s final goal at 14:15 in the second frame. Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim,Alta./Harvard University, ECAC) turned away 30-of-33 of the Americans’ shots on net.

“We brought a lot of young players to this tournament and we got a really good look at where they are at in their development and where we’re at as a program,” said head coach Laura Schuler. “Most importantly we really grew as a team, we challenged the team with a lot of different tasks and they really stepped up to the occasion and did what we were asking them to do. I was really happy with our play and I thought today that we created a lot of scoring chances and unfortunately we just didn’t capitalize enough.”

The Canadians have claimed six silver medals (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015) and have appeared in each of the 20 gold-medal games at the tournament, winning 14 gold medals.

Canada’s National Women’s Team finished in second place during the preliminary round, defeating Finland 3-1 on Wednesday, falling to the United States 3-0 on Thursday, and besting Sweden 3-1 on Saturday.

In Sunday morning’s bronze medal game, Finland beat Sweden 3-2 in overtime.

Canada comes together next at the upcoming 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Kamloops, B.C. March 28-April 4, 2016.

TEAM CANADA RETURN FLIGHT ITINERARY INFORMATION – Please note that due to the Independent Flight Attendant’s Organization (UFO) strike action all Lufthansa flights for Canada’s National Women’s Team flights are currently delayed and the strike will impact the team’s final destination arrival times. Please contact Morgan Bell directly for arrival information on specific players as currently it is unavailable.

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Team, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca, or follow through social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada, www.twitter.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hc_women.

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Marie-Philip Poulin to captain Canada at 4 Nations Cup

Meghan Agosta, Natalie Spooner, and Lauriane Rougeau to serve as alternate captains when Canada’s National Women’s Team opens play against Finland on Nov. 4

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November 03, 2015

SUNDSVALL, Sweden – Forward Marie-Philip Poulin, will captain Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 4 Nations Cup from Nov. 4-8 in Sundsvall, Sweden.

The 24-year-old from Beauceville, Que., captained Canada at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Malmö, Sweden and is a two-time Olympic gold medallist (2010, 2014). Poulin currently plays with the CWHL’s Montreal Canadiennes and previously won gold at the 4 Nations Cup in 2009 and 2010.

“It’s an honour [to be named captain], every time you come here for Team Canada and you wear that jersey, it’s a proud moment,” said Poulin. “To see the great group of girls and the talent we have, it’s quite awesome.”

The leadership team also includes Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont.), Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont./Toronto, CWHL) and Lauriane Rougeau (Beaconsfield, Que./Montreal, CWHL) who will serve as alternate captains.

As defending champion, Canada opens the tournament against Finland on Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET), and also faces the United States (Nov. 5) and Sweden (Nov. 7) in preliminary action. Both the bronze- and gold-medal games will be played on Nov. 8. A complete tournament schedule can be found here.  Live game stats and webcasts of all games from Sundsvall and Kovland can be found here.

Since the debut of the 4 Nations Cup in 1996, Canada’s National Women’s Team has won the gold medal a total of 14 times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014), and earned silver on five occasions (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012).

Note to media: Morgan Bell, Hockey Canada’s media relations coordinator, will be on-site at the 4 Nations Cup with Canada’s National Women’s Team. For all interview requests, please email her at [email protected].

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Team, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca, or follow through social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada, www.twitter.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hc_women.

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Blayre Turnbull to join Canada’s National Women’s Team at 4 Nations Cup

22 players set to defend Canada’s gold medal in Sundsvall, Sweden

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October 29, 2015

CALGARY, Alta. – Forward Blayre Turnbull, will be joining Canada’s National Women’s Team at the upcoming 4 Nations Cup from Nov. 4-8 in Sundsvall, Sweden.

The 22-year-old from Stellarton, N.S., won a gold medal at the 2014 4 Nations Cup in Kamloops, B.C., and replaces injured Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./Calgary, CWHL). Turnbull currently plays with the Calgary Inferno of the CWHL.

With the addition of Turnbull, Canada’s roster will feature 14 returning gold medallists from its thrilling 3-2 victory over the United States at the 2014 4 Nations Cup.

For the 20th time, the 4 Nations Cup will bring together four top women’s hockey countries in the world – Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States. Canada plays an exhibition game against Sweden on Nov. 1 and opens the tournament against Finland on Nov. 4, and also faces the United States (Nov. 5) and Sweden (Nov. 7) in preliminary action. Both the bronze and gold-medal games will be played on Nov. 8. A complete tournament schedule can be found here.  Live game stats and webcasts of all game from Sundsvall and Kovland can be found here.

Since the debut of the 4 Nations Cup in 1996, Canada’s National Women’s Team has won the gold medal a total of 14 times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014), and earned silver on five occasions (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012).

Note to media: Morgan Bell, Hockey Canada’s media relations coordinator, will be on-site at the 4 Nations Cup with Canada’s National Women’s Team. For all interview requests, please email her at [email protected].

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Team, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca, or follow through social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada, www.twitter.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hc_women.

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Canada’s National Women’s Team roster named for 2015 4 Nations Cup

22 players set to defend Canada’s gold medal in Sundsvall, Sweden

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October 13, 2015

CALGARY, Alta. – A mix of veterans and youth will represent Canada at the upcoming 2015 4 Nations Cup, taking place Nov. 4-8 at the Sundsvall Energi Arena in Sundsvall, Sweden.

The 22 players selected to Canada’s roster include two goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards and was chosen following Canada’s National Women’s Team Fall Festival from Sept. 13-20 in Calgary.

Canada’s roster will feature 13 returning gold medallists from its thrilling 3-2 victory over the United States at the 2014 4 Nations Cup in Kamloops B.C., along with five new faces to Canada’s National Women’s Team.

For the 20th time, the 4 Nations Cup will bring together four top women’s hockey countries in the world – Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States. Canada plays an exhibition game against Sweden on Nov. 1 and opens the tournament against Finland on Nov. 4, and also faces the United States (Nov. 5) and Sweden (Nov. 7) in preliminary action. Both the bronze and gold-medal games will be played on Nov. 8. A complete tournament schedule can be found here

“We’re excited about the group chosen to represent Canada, and we’re looking forward to getting on the ice in Sweden for the first time together as a team this season,” said Laura Schuler, head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Team. “Our players have been working extremely hard, and this event is a fantastic opportunity for them to unite on the international stage as they aim to defend Canada’s gold medal.”

Canada’s National Women’s Team roster for the 2015 4 Nations Cup includes:

  • Seven players who won a gold medal with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia (Agosta, Fortino, Johnston, Poulin, Rougeau, Spooner, Wakefield);
  • 15 players who won silver with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Malmö, Sweden (Birchard, Bram, Campbell, Clark, Davis, Fortino, Johnston, Krzyzaniak, Lacquette, Maschmeyer, Rougeau, Poulin, Saulnier, Spooner, Wakefield);
  • 13 players who won a gold medal with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2014 4 Nations Cup in Kamloops, B.C. (Bram, Birchard, Campbell, Clark, Fortino, Howe, Johnston, Krzyzaniak, Maschmeyer, Rougeau, Saulnier, Spooner, Wakefield);
  • Seven players who were a part of Canada’s National Women’s Development Team for a three-game series against the United States in August in Lake Placid, N.Y. (Clark, Fast, Krzyzaniak, Lefort, Maschmeyer, Nurse, Potomak);
  • Five players who will make their debut with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2015 4 Nations Cup (Edney, Fast, Lefort, Nurse, Potomak)

In addition, the 2015 4 Nations Cup will serve as an evaluation opportunity for Canada’s National Women’s Team coaching staff and Hockey Canada scouts, led by Melody Davidson, general manager of national women’s team programs, for the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Kamloops, B.C., and in the long term for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Players will continue to be evaluated with their club teams during the 2015-16 season, leading up to the world championship next April.

Since the debut of the 4 Nations Cup in 1996, Canada’s National Women’s Team has won the gold medal a total of 14 times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014), and earned silver on five occasions (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012).

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Team, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca, or follow through social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada, www.twitter.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hc_women.

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Canada’s National Women’s Team wins gold medal at 2014 4 Nations Cup

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November 09, 2014

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Canada’s National Women’s Team has won the gold medal at the 2014 4 Nations Cup, beating the United States 3-2 in shootout in Saturday’s gold medal game at the Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops.

It is the 14th time Canada has won the gold medal at the 4 Nations Cup (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014). The Canadians have appeared in each of the 19 gold medal games at the tournament; in addition to 14 gold medals, they also have five silver medals (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012).

Jennifer Wakefield (Pickering, Ont./IK Guts, SWE) scored twice in regulation time for the Canadians, opening the scoring in the first period and bringing Canada even late in the second after the Americans had taken the lead. After a scoreless third period and 20-minute overtime, Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont./Cornell University, ECAC) scored the lone goal of the shootout to give Canada the win, and the gold medal.

Geneviève Lacasse (Kingston, Ont./Boston, CWHL) made 33 saves in regulation and overtime, including 10 in the extra period, and stopped all three U.S. shooters she faced in the shootout. She was named Player of the Game.

The game drew 5,816 fans to the Interior Savings Centre, setting an attendance record for a 4 Nations Cup gold medal game.

Canada’s National Women’s Team finished in first place during the preliminary round, defeating Sweden 2-0 on Tuesday, the United States 3-2 on Wednesday, and Finland 3-1 on Friday. The United States finished second, while Finland was third and Sweden settled for fourth place.

In Saturday afternoon’s bronze medal game, Sweden beat Finland 2-1 in overtime.

The 2014 4 Nations Cup is the first of two major hockey events in Canada’s Tournament Capital, as Kamloops will be hosting the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship in April 2016. Full-tournament ticket packages are now available at www.hockeycanada.ca/2016kamloops.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Francis Dupont, Hockey Canada’s manager of communications, is handling all interview requests for Canada’s National Women’s Team and can be reached at [email protected].

TEAM CANADA RETURN FLIGHT ITINERARY INFORMATION – SUNDAY, NOV. 9

See below for specific flight itineraries for Canada’s players. Information is listed alphabetically by FINAL destination. Arrival times are all LOCAL TIMES. Flight information may change without notice.

Boston, Mass. / AC7388 / 7:45 p.m.
Lacasse, Maschmeyer, Watchorn

Brandon, Man. / WJ3242 / 12:44 p.m.
Gylywoychuk

Calgary, Alta. / WJ3242 / 8:44 a.m.
Jenner

Calgary, Alta. / AC8426 / 4:27 p.m.
Davidson, Irwin

Calgary, Alta. / WJ3241 / 5 p.m.
Bothwell

Cincinnati, Ohio / DL3714 / 6:56 p.m.
Bram

Halifax, N.S. / AC118 / 9:46 p.m.
Saulnier

Ithaca, N.Y. / DL4084 / 11:06 p.m.
Derraugh

Madison, Wisc. / UA5212 / 10:54 p.m.
Clark, Turnbull

Minneapolis, Minn. / AC5698 / 6:14 p.m.
Terry

Montreal, Que. / AC144 / 5:48 p.m.
Rougeau

Ottawa, Ont. / AC118 / 6:17 p.m.
Ambrose

Regina, Sask. / AC8572 / 5:47 p.m.
Campbell

Stockholm, Sweden / AC9939 / 5:20 p.m. (Nov. 10)
Wakefield

Sudbury, Ont. / AC7819 / 12:02 a.m. (Nov. 10)
Johnston

Toronto, Ont. / AC1162 / 6:22 p.m.
Birchard, Fortino, Howe, Kohanchuk, Larocque, Rattray, Spooner

Winnipeg, Man. / WJ132 /12:15 p.m.
Krzyzaniak

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Videos
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MWC: Highlights – CAN 4, CZE 3 OT (Preliminary)
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MWC: Remembering the wild ride in Riga
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Centennial: Highlights – Collingwood 1, Melfort 0 (Championship)
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MWC: Highlights – CAN 3, SUI 2 (Preliminary)
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MWC: Highlights – CAN 5, FIN 3 (Preliminary)
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NMT: Evason brings passion and pride to Prague
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MWC: Highlights – CAN 4, NOR 1 (Preliminary)
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Calgary Canucks (AJHL) vs. Melfort Mustangs (SJHL)| Centennial Cup
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Miramichi Timberwolves (MHL) vs. Collingwood Blues (OJHL)| Centennial Cup
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Centennial: From brothers to teammates
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Navan Grads (CCHL) vs. Miramichi Timberwolves (MHL) | Centennial Cup
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Winkler Flyers (MJHL) vs. Calgary Canucks (AJHL) | Centennial Cup
Schedule
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Prague & Ostrava, Czechia
Date: May 10 to 26
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Edmonton, Alta., Canada
Date: Aug 3 to 10