OTTAWA – Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team will step on the ice for the first time on Thursday night
when it faces the USA’s National Women’s Under-18 Team in the first game of a three-game exhibition series at
the University of Ottawa. Games will also take place on Friday night and Sunday morning.
The National Women’s Under-18 Team was selected by head coach and National Women’s Teams general manager
Melody Davidson, along with Wally Kozak, Hockey Canada’s head scout, National Women’s Teams, following the
National Women’s Under-19 Program evaluation camp in Calgary in late July. The team has been practising in
Ottawa since Sunday ahead of the series with the USA.
NOTE: Rayna Cruickshank (Cumberland, BC) was named to the team in July, but will be
unable to play against the USA due to injury.
The series against the USA will be the first competition for the National Women’s Under-18 Team, which
will host the inaugural IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in January 2008 (site to be announced).
The National Women’s Under-18 Team is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, which also
includes the National Women’s Under-22 Team, and the National Women’s Team.