U18 Women’s World Cup preview: Canada vs. Sweden
CALGARY, Alta. – Forty of the country’s top Under-18 players will travel to southern Ontario after Christmas as St. Catharines, Ont., hosts Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp , from December 26 to 31.
The selection camp will take place at Ridley College and will feature a trio of intrasquad matches on December 28, 29 and 30 before the final roster is named for the 2022 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, January 8-15 in Linköping. and Mjölby, Sweden.
The roster – 24 forwards, 12 defensemen and four goaltenders – will be split into two teams for on-ice skills sessions, practices and intrasquad games. With the cancellation of the 2021 IIHF Women’s U18 World Championship, it will be the first time in nearly two years that Canada’s top U18 players will be able to test their skills and compete in this short-term international competition.
“It’s an exciting time for this group of dedicated athletes, who have waited nearly two years for their chance to compete on the international stage,” said Gina Kingsbury (Rouyn-Noranda, QC), director of hockey operations at Hockey Canada. “We were able to come together over the summer to train, compete and play games in a competitive setting. With the World Championship fast approaching, our athletes and coaching staff are eager for this opportunity to get back on the ice and practice our work off the ice, with the goal of representing Canada and competing for a gold medal.
Canada is in Group A with Finland, Russia and the United States. Group B consists of the Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. Canada will open the 2022 IIHF Women’s U18 World Championship against Russia on January 8. Canada will also face Finland on January 9 before their preliminary round final against the United States on January 11.
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team will be looking to win its first gold medal at the IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship since 2019; he won five gold medals (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2019), seven silver medals (2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020) and one bronze (2018).
ANNOUNCEMENT OF COACHING STAFF
In July, Hockey Canada named its coaching staff to lead Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team for the 2021-22 season. On Monday, Hockey Canada officially named Vicky Sunohara (Scarborough, Ont./University of Toronto, OUA) as assistant coach, joining head coach Howie Draper (Edmonton, AB/University of Alberta, CWUAA)coach’s assistant Tara Wachtorn (Newcastle, Ont./Stonehill College, NEWHA) and goalkeeping coach Gord Woodhall (Winnipeg, Man./Winnipeg, MFHL).
Sunohara replaces Alison Domenico (Ottawa, ON/Providence College, HE)who was named to the coaching staff of Canada’s National Women’s Team for the 2021-22 season on September 1.
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