CALGARY – Hockey Canada announced the 22 players who have been chosen to represent Canada at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship, taking place from Dec. 31, 2011 to Jan. 7, 2012 in Prerov and Zlin, Czech Republic.
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team includes two goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards. Defenceman Erin Ambrose (Toronto, PWHL) returns to the roster after claiming a silver medal last year and winning Canada’s first-ever gold medal in 2010.
Five other players also return to Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team after claiming silver at last year’s world championship, including Meghan Dufault (Balmoral Hall, JWHL), Rebecca Kohler (Bluewater, PWHL), Cayley Mercer (Bluewater, PWHL), Cydney Roesler (Ottawa, PWHL) and Laura Stacey (Toronto, PWHL).
Eighteen players were also members of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team for a three-game series against the U.S. Women’s Under-18 Team in August in Rockland, Ont., falling 3-2 in the first game but coming back to win 3-2 and 6-4 in the second and third games.
“The players chosen for Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team have proven themselves to be strong and skilled at past Hockey Canada championships and events, as well as with their club and school teams,” said Kalli Quinn, director of female national teams for Hockey Canada. “We congratulate these young athletes on making it to the international stage.”
“We’re extremely excited about the talented team that will represent Canada at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship,” added head coach Pierre Alain. “These players bring great chemistry to the ice and will work hard to bring home gold from the Czech Republic to help start the new year off right.”
Alain (St-Jérôme, Collégial AA) will be joined behind the bench by assistant coaches Jim Fetter (St. Cloud State University, WCHA) and Carla MacLeod (Mount Royal University, ACAC), a two-time Olympic gold medallist with Canada’s National Women’s Team.
Canada plays its first game at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship against Switzerland on Saturday, Dec. 31 in Prerov, and will also take on Germany and Finland in the preliminary round. The gold medal game takes place on Saturday, Jan. 7 in Zlin.Click here for Canada’s roster.Click here for the schedule of the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship.