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School cheers on Team Canada in gold quest

February 29, 2016 1:14 P.M.
Team Canada players Natalie Spooner, Rebecca Johnston, Marie-Philip Poulin and Meaghan Mikkelson are surrounded by kids at Pacific Way elementary Monday morning.

A month ahead of the IIHF Women’s World Championship ticket sales are going strong with a handful of Team Canada players in town Monday to pique interest.

A Hockey Canada event before an excited audience of kids at Pacific Way elementary introduced players Natalie Spooner, Rebecca Johnston, Marie-Philip Poulin and Meaghan Mikkelson as part of the 2016 roster that will be hitting the ice in Kamloops.

Canada’s roster was selected by head coach Laura Schuler, assistant coaches Howie Draper and Dwayne Gylywoychuk, and goaltending consultant Brad Kirkwood, alongside Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada’s general manager of national women’s team programs. It was chosen following a year-long evaluation process that included all national team, development team and under-18 team camps, along with international events, and club team performance.

“We’re thrilled with the group selected to represent Canada on the international stage in Kamloops,” said Laura Schuler, head coach of Canada’s national women’s team. “After a long evaluation process, we’re confident in the 23 players we’ve chosen to wear the Canadian jersey and we’re looking forward to coming together as a team as we aim to reclaim gold on Canadian ice.”

Canada’s National Women’s Team roster for the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship includes:

  • 17 players who won a silver medal with Canada National Women’s Team at the 2015 IIHF Women’s World Championship (Bram, Clark, Davis, Fortino, Jenner, Johnston, Krzyzaniak, Lacquette, Larocque, Maschmeyer, Poulin, Rattray, Rougeau, Saulnier, Spooner, Wakefield, Watchorn);
  • 15 players who won a silver medal with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2015 4 Nations Cup in Sundsvall, Sweden (Agosta, Bram, Clark, Davis, Fortino, Howe, Krzyzaniak, Lacquette, Maschmeyer, Poulin, Rougeau, Saulnier, Spooner, Turnbull, Wakefield);
  • 16 players who won a gold medal with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2014 4 Nations Cup in Kamloops, B.C. (Bram, Clark, Fortino, Howe, Jenner, Johnston, Krzyzaniak, Larocque, Maschmeyer, Rattray, Rougeau, Saulnier, Spooner, Turnbull, Wakefield, Watchorn);
  • 13 players who won a gold medal with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia (Agosta, Jenner, Johnston, Fortino, Labonté, Larocque, Mikkelson, Poulin, Rougeau, Spooner, Wakefield, Watchorn, Wickenheiser);
  • Two players who will make their world championship debut at the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship (Howe, Turnbull).

Canada opens the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship against the United States on March 28, and also faces Russia (March 29) and Finland (March 31) in preliminary action. Both the bronze- and gold-medal games will be played on April 4.

Canada will also face-off against Team Sweden in an exhibition game on March 26 and will host its pre-tournament camp in Penticton from March 19-24.

In addition to the women’s world event, Kamloops also hosts the AAA Provincial girls championship (March 27-March 31) and the 2016 Senior Women’s Western Shield Hockey Tournament (March 31-April 3).

“There’s going to be a lot of high level hockey happening in Kamloops over a two-week period,” said Mayor Peter Milobar.


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