OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Hockey Canada announced a roster
of 22 players named to Canada’s National Under-22 Women’s Team on Sunday. Canada’s National
Under-22 Team will be facing the U.S. National Under-22 Team in a three-game series (August 24, 25 and 27) at
the University of Ottawa (ON).
The roster announcement comes after a seven-day development camp attended by 40 of the top under-22 aged
players in Canada which was held in Ottawa, ON. The camp consisted of a double round robin tournament
between three teams: Team Canada Red, Team Canada White and Team Finland.
Canadian players Tara French, Chelsea Grills, Haley Irwin, and Ericka Pouliot were injured during camp and
unable to complete the evaluation process.
Canada’s U22 team roster named on Sunday is composed of 13 returning players from the 2005-06 U22 squad
and nine rookies (Fridfinnson, Hosier, Johnston, McMeekin, Ross, Scanzano, Smith, Thibault, and
The U22 roster also features two players who won gold with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2006 Winter
Olympic in Turin, ITA (Agosta and Vaillancourt) and two more players who were part of Canada’s Olympic
centralized Women’s Team in 2005-06 (Bonhomme and Riggs).
CANADA vs. USA Game Schedule
(August 24-27, 2006)University of Ottawa (ON)
Thursday, August 24 • 7 pm
Canada U22 vs. USA
Friday, August 25 • 7 pm
Canada U22 vs. USA
Sunday, August 27 • 9:30 am (ET)
Canada U22 vs. USA U22
Note: there will be no TV or radio coverage of these games, however,
www.hockeycanada.ca will have full coverage
including real time statistics
Canada’s U22 Head Coach Peter Smith along with Wally Kozak, Hockey Canada’s Women’s Program Head Scout,
selected Canada’s U22 team with the assistance of assistant coaches Nancy Wilson and Dan Church. Over
the course of the 2005-06 season, Kozak oversaw a team of scouts and attended games, tournaments and
championships all over North America, including but not limited to, the Esso Nationals, CIS Nationals, WWHL,
PWHL and the NWHL.
Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Program was launched by Hockey Canada during the 1998-1999 season. The
program provides female hockey players under the age of 22 with an opportunity to be evaluated against the
best Under 22 players in Canada. The program also provides the players with an opportunity to gain
international experience which includes playing on a bigger ice surface, high performance coaching,
international travel and different playing styles and systems. The Under-22 program identifies and
evaluates players that potentially will move on to Canada’s National Women’s team and/or Women’s Olympic team
in the future. Thirteen of the gold medalists on the 2006 Women’s Olympic Hockey Team started their
international careers with Canada’s National Under-22 program.
For more information on Hockey Canada’s Female Program of Excellence and the National Women’s Under-22
Team, visit Hockey Canada’s official website at www.hockeycanada.ca.