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Canada names players

Canada names players

Three returnees selected for event on home ice

Published 08.12.2015 04:29 GMT-5 | Author Hockey Canada
Canada names players
Lindsay Agnew, who had four points in five games last year, is among Canada’s returnees at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship. Photo: Matt Zambonin / HHOF-IIHF Images
Hockey Canada announced the 23 players that will put on the maple leaf and represent Canada at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship.

The event will take place 8-15 January on home ice in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team includes three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards. Among the 23 players are three - Lindsay Agnew (Mississauga, PWHL), Ryleigh Houston (Balmoral Hall, JWHL) and Kristin O’Neill (Stoney Creek, PWHL) - who return to the international stage after taking home a silver medal at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in Buffalo, USA, last January.

Twenty-two of the players on the Team Canada roster attended Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp in August, and 19 of them were on Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team for a three-game series against the United States in Lake Placid in August. Canada won the series two games to one.

Canada’s roster also includes:

  • 10 players who won a gold medal with Ontario Red at the 2015 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Huntsville, Ont. (Agnew, Berg, Bourbonnais, Edgar, Howran, Maltais, Neatby, O’Neill, Tinker, Watts);
  • Five players who won a silver medal with Manitoba at the 2015 National Women’s Under-18 Championship (Bell, Elmes, Friesen, Houston, Oswald);
  • One player who won a bronze medal with Ontario Blue at the 2015 National Women’s Under-18 Championship (Frappier).

Melody Davidson, general manager of national women’s teams programs, assembled the roster along with Hockey Canada’s regional scouts, head coach Lisa Haley, assistant coaches Greg Fargo, Gina Kingsbury, and Britni Smith, and goaltending consultant Perry Wilson.

“It has been a long evaluation process for the coaches and scouting staff as well as the players, but we have assembled a team that has some experience at this championship,” said Davidson. “We’ve seen the players’ growth and development from selection camp, against the U.S., with their club teams, and most recently at nationals; we believe they’ll be ready to compete for a gold medal in St. Catharines.”

Head Coach Lisa Haley went on to add they’ve been looking forward to this announcement with a great deal of anticipation. “The depth of talent at this age group is very impressive, and players have provided plenty of impressive performances throughout the journey from August camp through to U18 Nationals. All of these players have the right combination of skills and intangibles that we believe are essential in competing for a world championship on home soil.”

Canada will open up the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship against Russia on Friday, 8 January at 7:30 p.m. ET, and will also play the Czech Republic before a showdown with last year’s gold-medallists from the United States.

After taking home a silver medal in 2015 in Buffalo, the Canadians will be in search of their fifth gold medal in tournament history, having won in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Team Canada

Stephanie Neatby, Toronto (PWHL)
Marie-Pier Coulombe, Limoilou (CGEP)
Édith D’Astous-Moreau, Stanstead (CAHS)

Codie Cross, Warner School (JWHL)
Olivia Knowles, Okanagan Hockey Academy (JWHL)
Victoria Howran, Whitby (PWHL)
Julia Edgar, Oakville (PWHL)
Saroya Tinker, Durham West (PWHL)
Jaime Bourbonnais, Oakville (PWHL)
Jalyn Elmes, Yellowhead (MFMHL)

Sophie Shirley, Notre Dame (JWHL)
Annie Berg, Cambridge (PWHL)
Kristin O’Neill, Stoney Creek (PWHL)
Sheridan Oswald, Central Plains (MFMHL)
Kayla Friesen, St. Mary’s (CAHS)
Ryleigh Houston, Balmoral Hall School (JWHL)
Amy Potomak, Pursuit of Excellence (BCMAAA)
Emma Maltais, Oakville (PWHL)
Malia Schneider, Pursuit of Excellence (CSSHL)
Lindsay Agnew, Mississauga (PWHL)
Céline Frappier, Toronto (PWHL)
Daryl Watts, Mississauga (PWHL)
Ashton Bell, Westman (MFMHL)


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