Hockey Canada released the names of the 43 players invited to Canada’s National Women’s Development Team selection camp in Calgary, Alberta, August 6 – 16, 2015. Three (3) BC players were selected:
Ivana Bilic, Coquitlam, Warner Hockey School, Bemidji State University
Micah Hart, Saanichton, Okanagan Hockey Academy
Sarah Potomak, Aldergrove, Pursuit of Excellence
Bilic (March 21, 1994) played in all 39 games for BSU in 2014-15 and totaled 147 blocked shots, which led the nation. She also lead BSU’s defensemen with 23 points (5g, 18a) and posted three multi-point games. The 23 points ranked seventh for scoring by WCHA defensemen and 15th nationally among blue liners. Bilic was a two-time WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honoree. Milan Lucic is her god-brother.
The Team Canada invitees will be split into two (2) teams, Blue and Gold, and will participate in several practices and intrasquad games, as well as off-ice dryland training, fitness testing and high performance classroom sessions. Bilic and Potomak will play with Team Blue and Hart will join Team Gold.
The camp will see the invitees vying for spots on the 23 player squad that will travel to Lake Placid, New York for a three (3) game series against the United States’ Women’s U22 Select Team from August 19 – 22, 2015.
Following the series, Hockey Canada scouts, along with the team’s coaching staff, will continue to evaluate players with their club teams during the 2015-2016 season in preparation for selecting the Canadian team that will compete at the 2016 Nations Cup in Germany in January 2016, as well as possible invites to camps and events with Canada’s National Women’s Team.