CALGARY, Alta. –
Seventy of the top women’s players in the country have been invited to
attend Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and Canada’s National
Women’s Under-18 Team selection camps from Aug. 5-13 in Calgary.
The camps – part of the Hockey Canada National Teams’ Summer Showcase –
will be on the ice at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada
Olympic Park, and will see
25 development team invitees
42 under-18 invitees
vie for opportunities to represent their country in international
competition this season.
Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada’s general manager of national women’s team
programs, led the player selection with assistance from Hockey Canada
regional scouts – Dwayne Gylywoychuk (Manitoba), Brian Hart (Ontario), Greg
Hermiston (B.C.), Chris Higgins (Ontario), Scott Lambton (Quebec), Rod
Larsen (Saskatchewan), Doug Macleod (Alberta), Troy Ryan (Atlantic), and
Gary Soper (Ontario).
“This is an important opportunity for us to not only evaluate some of
Canada’s top female talent within our under-18 and development pool, but
also to continue to work with these athletes on their individual growth on
and off the ice,” said Davidson. “This year we have the unique opportunity
to have U SPORTS as well as national team talent from Japan and Russia to
provide an additional competitive element to our summer camps. We’re
looking forward to kicking off the 2017-18 season with these players.”
U SPORTS, Japan part of prep for Canada’s National Women’s
From Aug. 6-13, 25 players – five goaltenders, six defencemen, and 14
forwards – will participate in several practices and intrasquad games, as
well as off-ice dryland training, fitness testing, and classroom sessions.
Canada’s National Women’s Development Team selection camp will also feature
Japan’s national women’s program and a select team of U SPORTS players. A
full camp schedule can be found at HockeyCanada.ca/Showcase.
“The involvement of U SPORTS gives our group an opportunity to continue to
evaluate players within Canada’s university hockey programs for possible
inclusion in future national team programs,” said Gina Kingsbury, director
of national women’s team program for Hockey Canada. “We value the
partnership we’ve built with U SPORTS, and appreciate the opportunity that
Japan’s national hockey federation has provided in sending their team over
to practice and compete alongside ours for this camp.”
Following camp, Hockey Canada scouts, along with the team’s coaching staff,
will continue to evaluate players with their club teams during the 2017-18
season, in preparation for selecting the Canadian team that will compete at
the 2018 Nations Cup in Füssen, Germany, in January.
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team to move on to Canada-U.S.
series in Lake Placid
From Aug. 5-13, 42 players – six goaltenders, 14 defenceman and 22 forwards
– will be split into two teams, Red and Black, which will participate in
several practices, two intrasquad games, as well as off-ice dryland
training, fitness testing and classroom sessions. The two teams will also
have the opportunity to test their mettle in games against the national
under-18 team from Russia, who has travelled to Calgary to take part in the
Summer Showcase. A full camp schedule can be found at
Of the 42 players participating in the selection camp, 23 will be selected
to play for Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team in a three-game series
against the United States, Aug. 17-20 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Following the series, Hockey Canada scouts, along with the team’s coaching
staff, will continue to evaluate players with their provincial and club
teams during the 2017-18 season, including at the 2017 National Women’s
Under-18 Championship in Quebec City, Nov. 1-5, in preparation for
selecting the Canadian team that will compete at the 2018 IIHF U18 Women’s