CALGARY, Alta. – Forty-three players – representing eight of the 10 Canadian provinces – are competing in Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp, which wraps up August 16, 2015.
The invitees include three players from British Columbia; defender Olivia Knowles of Campbell River (OHA) and forwards Leona Sim (of North Vancouver (NSWC, Balmoral High School) and Amy Potomak, of Aldergrove (Aldergrove MHA, BWC, Pursuit of Excellence)
The camp – part of Hockey Canada’s National Teams’ Summer Showcase – is being hosted at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
The invitees are vying for 23 spots on the squad that will open the season in Lake Placid, N.Y., with a three-game series against the US Women’s Under-18 Select Team Aug. 20-23.
The players have been split into two teams, Red and White, and are now competing in intersquad games.
The final roster will be selected by Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada’s general manager of national women’s team programs, along with head coach Lisa Haley, assistant coaches Greg Fargo and Britni Smith, goaltending coach Perry Wilson, and Hockey Canada regional scouts.
“As the talent base continues to grow at the youngest levels of Canada’s National Women’s Program, it means tough choices not only to make the team, but to earn an invite to camp,” said Davidson. “These players are the next generation of Team Canada, and we’re looking forward to having them on the ice in Calgary.”
The selection camp roster includes six goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 25 forwards. Invitations are based on evaluations by Hockey Canada scouts during the 2014-15 season, including past performances with their provincial and club teams at events such as the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C., and 2015 Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship, in Red Deer, Alta., as well as at Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team conditioning camp in Hamilton, Ont. in May.
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp roster includes:
- Three players who won a silver medal with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in Buffalo, N.Y. (Agnew, Houston, O’Neill);
- Four players who participated in the 2015 Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship, in Red Deer, Alta. (Bast – Red Deer Chiefs; Oswald – Central Plains Capitals; Shirley – Saskatoon Stars; Thiessen – Red Deer Chiefs);
- Six players who won a gold medal with Quebec at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C. (Bégin-Cyr, Corbeil, Coulombe, De Sousa, Labrecque, Vigneault)
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp invitees, by province:
- Ontario – 17 (Agnew, Berg, Bouley, Bourbonnais, Cece, Edgar, Hoppner, Howran, Maltais, Neatby, O’Neill, Repaci, Small, Tarnowski, Thompson, Tinker, Watts)
- Quebec – nine (Bégin-Cyr, Corbeil, Coulombe, D’Astous, De Sousa, Labrecque, Lemay, Shanahan, Vigneault)
- Manitoba – six (Bell, Cooke, Elmes, Friesen, Houston, Oswald)
- Alberta – five (Bast, Cross, Lecavalier, Schneider, Thiessen)
- British Columbia – three (Knowles, Potomak, Sim)
- New Brunswick – one (Graham)
- Prince Edward Island – one (Boutilier)
- Saskatchewan – one (Shirley)
Following the series against the U.S., Hockey Canada scouts, along with the team’s coaching staff, will continue to evaluate players with their provincial and club teams during the 2015-16 season, including at the 2015 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Huntsville, Ont., from Nov. 4-8, in preparation for selecting the Canadian team that will compete at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship, Jan. 8-15, 2016, in St. Catharines, Ont.