April 9, 2013, Ottawa (CIS) – Ten current or former members of CIS women’s hockey programs will be going for gold on Tuesday night when Team Canada faces its archrival from the United States in the gold-medal final of the 15th IIHF world championship at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.
In total, 13 players or coaches associated with CIS schools are participating in the 2013 tournament, including 10 with Canada, two with Germany and one with Russia (complete list below).
The Canadian squad, which is looking for its second straight IIHF title and its 11th banner overall, is led by head coach Dan Church from York University, who is accompanied behind the bench by assistants Danielle Goyette from Calgary and Lisa Haley from Ryerson. All three occupied the same positions a year ago when Canada captured gold in Burlington, Vermont.
Carleton’s Marc Power (skating coach) and York’s Adam Douglas (strength and conditioning coach) are also part of the Canadian staff.
On the ice, CIS will be represented in the championship final by one current all-star and four former university standouts.
All-world forward Hayley Wickenheiser joined the Calgary Dinos in 2010-11. The Team Canada captain has since been named an all-Canadian in each of her three seasons with the Dinos, including CIS player-of-the-year honours in her varsity debut, and led Calgary to the first CIS title in program history in 2011-12.
Goaltender Charline Labonté and defenceman Catherine Ward, both former McGill Martlets, also merited all-Canadian status in each of their CIS seasons.
Labonté, who starred for the Martlets from 2006 to 2012 (excluding a year off for the 2010 Olympics), is the only player in CIS women’s hockey history to earn the maximum five selections on the first all-Canadian unit. She also helped McGill reach the CIS podium in each of her five campaigns, including three national titles, one silver medal and one bronze.
Ward spent three seasons with the Martlets from 2006-07 to 2008-09 and was voted a first-team CIS all-star every year. She was the CIS rookie of the year in ’06-07 and national championship MVP in ’08-09.
Forward Caroline Ouellette played seven games for the Concordia Stingers in 2000-01, while forward Jayna Hefford spent one season with the Toronto Varsity Blues in 1996-97, one year before women’s hockey was added to the CIS program.
Ouellette and Hefford, both alternate captains on the 2013 IIHF squad, are now assistant coaches with Concordia and Toronto, respectively.
Going into tonight’s final, Hefford (2-4-6) and Ward (1-5-6) have both tallied six points in four games, including two points apiece in an 8-1 semifinal win over Russia on Monday night.
Ouellette (0-1-1) and Wickenheiser (0-0-0) have both been slowed down by injuries and have suited up in three and two contests, respectively.
Labonté earned a 16-save shutout against Switzerland in her only outing of the tournament last Wednesday.
Between them, Wickenheiser, Labonté, Ward, Ouellette and Hefford have won 12 Olympic gold medals and 23 world titles. They were all part of the IIHF championship team a year ago in Vermont.
Championship schedule and boxscores (Hockey Canada): Schedule & Boxscores
NOTES: Hefford played in her 250th career game with the Canadian senior national squad on Monday night, placing her second in Team Canada history behind Wickenheiser (257)… Ouellette ranks third with 201 contests in the red and white uniform… Also representing CIS at the IIHF championship are current Calgary forward Iya Gavrilova, who suits up for Russia, as well as current UPEI defenceman Anja Weisser and former Carleton forward Sara Seiler, both skating for Germany… Seiler is now a fitness coach with the Carleton women’s hockey program… Gavrilova has three assists in five games for Russia, which will play for bronze against Finland today at 3:30 p.m. ET… Germany finished the tournament in fifth place, with Seiler tallying three points (1-2-3) in five games, while rearguard Weisser was kept off the score sheet.
CIS AT 2013 IIHF WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Dan Church, head coach (York head coach)
Danielle Goyette, assistant coach (Calgary head coach)
Lisa Haley, assistant coach (Ryerson head coach)
Marc Power, skating coach (Carleton skating coach)
Adam Douglas, strength & conditioning coach (York strength & conditioning coach)
Charline Labonté, goalie (former McGill player)
Catherine Ward, defenceman (former McGill player)
Jayna Hefford, forward (former Toronto player & current Toronto assistant coach)
Caroline Ouellette, forward (former Concordia player & current Concordia assistant coach)
Hayley Wickenheiser, forward (current Calgary player)
Anja Weisser, defenceman (current UPEI player)
Sara Seiler, forward (former Carleton player & current Carleton fitness coach)
Iya Gavrilova, forward (current Calgary player)