– Hockey Canada has invited 142 of the nation’s top players to attend the
BFL National Women’s Program selection camp, set to take place Aug. 3-14 at
the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park.
The 11-day camp will bring together athletes vying for spots on Canada’s
National Women’s Team, Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team as a start to the 2022-23 season
and a new four-year Olympic cycle.
Player selections were led by Gina Kingsbury (Rouyn-Noranda, Que.), director of hockey
operations with Hockey Canada, along with Cherie Piper (Scarborough, Ont.), senior manager of player
development and scouting, and Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.),
head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Team.
“This is a great opportunity to bring all three groups together in one
place and start to envision what the next four years will look like,” said Kingsbury. “We are coming off a very successful season and
we are looking to continue building on that. We have a full complement of
experienced staff to lead our camps but having our Olympic athletes able to
play leadership roles where they can mentor and share their experience is a
positive step in our journey towards the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in
Canada’s National Women’s Team and Canada’s National Women’s Development
Team hopefuls will be split into four teams for practices, intrasquad games
and off-ice sessions. Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team invitees will
be split into two teams – Red and White - for practices, intrasquad games
and off-ice sessions. They will also welcome Finland’s national women’s
under-18 team, giving the U18 group an opportunity to experience
Following the selection camp, the cross-border series with the United
States will be re-introduced for the first time since 2019. Player
selections will be made by Ryan, Kori Cheverie (New Glasgow, N.S./N.-E.) and
Courtney Birchard-Kessel (Mississauga, Ont./Princeton University, ECAC)
, head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team, with input from Piper and Kingsbury. Team Canada will
also face Finland on Aug. 14 in a final tune-up before the Canada-U.S.
The selection camp is also a critical step for Canada’s National Women’s
Team in preparation for the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship,
Aug. 24-Sept. 4
in Herning and Frederikshavn, Denmark. Canada is expected to play Denmark
and the United States in a pair of pre-tournament games prior to the start
of the women’s worlds.
For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s
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