Canada supports international hockey development at IIHF camp

Canada


CALGARY, Alta. –
Hockey Canada will support the development of female goaltending at the
international level through the staffing of seven of the country’s leaders
in the game at a week-long camp in Granada, Spain.

The inaugural
IIHF Women’s Goaltending Development Camp, an initiative of the IIHF Women’s Committee, will bring together 40
female goaltenders at the senior and under-18 levels from 16 countries
around the world that are currently ranked outside the top-two in the IIHF
Women’s World Ranking.

The United States and Canada, ranked 1-2 in the world, will lead
the camps.

“The interest in women’s hockey has grown by leaps and bounds – both on and
off the ice. The level of competition in international women’s hockey
continues to evolve, with more nations developing their female hockey
programs from the grassroots to the high-performance levels,” said Melody
Davidson, general manager of national women’s team programs for Hockey
Canada, and IIHF coach mentor to Norway. “This camp provides us, as leaders
in the women’s game, to help other nations continue to build a key
component of every team – goaltending. The stronger the competition, the
better our teams become, and the more support we can attract for
international women’s hockey.”

Leading the Canadian contingent is Lisa Haley (Westville, N.S./Ryerson University,
OUA), who won Olympic gold as an assistant coach at the 2014 Olympic Winter
Games in Sochi, Russia. Haley – who also recorded gold-medal performances
as an assistant coach at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship and the
IIHF Women’s World Championship, and led Canada’s National Women’s Under-18
Team to a worlds silver medal as head coach in 2016 – will be
a camp lead in Spain.

Joining Haley are fellow Canucks:

· Joe Johnston (Lower Sackville, N.S./Dalhousie University, AUS) as
goaltending coach;

· Therapists Dave Humphreys (Hamilton, Ont./University of Western Ontario,
OUA) and Amie Lee (Bedford, N.S./Hockey Nova Scotia);

· Jon Brown (Ameliasburg, Ont./McMaster University, OUA) and Eric Innis
(Quebec City, Que./Limoilou, CEGEP) as strength and conditioning coaches;
and

· Equipment manager Serge Leblanc (Grande-Digue, N.B./Université de
Moncton, AUS).

The camp kicked off on Sunday, July 16 and runs through July 23.

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





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