October. 3, 2013, OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Thursday the Canadian women’s hockey roster and coaching staff for the 2013 Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy.
The 26th biennial Games will run from December 10 to 21, with the women’s hockey final set for Dec. 20.
Canada heads into the tournament as defending two-time champion thanks to a 3-1 gold-medal win over host China in 2009 – when the sport made its Universiade debut – and a 4-1 victory against Finland in the 2011 championship final in Erzurum, Turkey.
Howie Draper, head coach of the University of Alberta Pandas since their inaugural CIS season in 1997-98, will be at the helm of the red and white squad in Trentino. He will be assisted behind the bench by Isabelle Leclaire from reigning CIS champion Montreal and Rachel Flanagan from Guelph.
Rounding out the team personnel are general manager Mike Kraichy from Hockey Alberta, athletic therapist Crissy McPhee from uOttawa and equipment manager Scott Cyr from Saskatchewan.
The roster heading to Italy is comprised of 20 standouts from all four CIS conferences, including seven from the RSEQ, six from OUA, five from Canada West and two from AUS. Not surprisingly, Montreal and perennial powerhouse McGill lead the way with four and three selections, respectively.
“We chose a team that we feel will provide a high degree of speed and offensive power,” said Draper, who has led Alberta to a record seven national titles since women’s hockey was added to the CIS program 16 years ago. “We also wanted to ensure that the players coming would play the game with intelligence and skill at both ends of the ice. The group represents these qualities extremely well.”
The only returning player from the 2011 gold-medal winning team is forward Kim Deschênes, who was named championship MVP last winter after she captained the Montreal Carabins to their first-ever CIS banner. At the Erzurum Games, the native of St. Quentin, N.B., scored in each of Canada’s last five contests and finished the competition with eight points (5-3-8) in seven outings, including two game-winning goals.
In addition to Deschênes, Montreal teammate Josianne Legault, McGill stars Gabrielle Davidson and Katia Clément-Haydra, Guelph teammates Amanda Parkins and Jessica Pinkerton, as well as Laura Brooker of Laurier, Morgan McHaffie of Queen’s, Alex Normore of St. Francis Xavier, Tatiana Rafter of UBC, Jenna Smith of Calgary and Cara Wooster of Saskatchewan are the forwards who hope to fill the net in Italy.
The defensive unit is comprised of Montreal’s Sophie Brault, UBC’s Christi Capozzi, McGill’s Brittney Fouracres, Western’s Katelyn Gosling, Manitoba’s Caitlin MacDonald and StFX’s Jenna Pitts.
Goaltenders Kelly Campbell of Western and Élodie Rousseau-Sirois of Montreal will defend the Canadian cage.
The Trentino tournament will once again be a six-team competition with Great Britain, the United States, Japan, Russia and Spain rounding out the draw.
Canada and Great Britain are the only countries to take part in the tourney for the third time. Japan participated in 2009 and the Americans in 2011.
The Canadians went a perfect 14-0 overall in their first two Universiade appearances, outscoring their opponents by a 97-10 margin in the process, including 51-3 two years ago.
The Canucks open this year’s preliminary round on Dec. 10 against Spain and will then face Russia (Dec. 12), Great Britain (Dec. 13), the USA (Dec. 15) and Japan (Dec. 16). The semifinals are scheduled for Dec. 18, with the bronze and gold-medal games following on Dec. 20.
“We have high expectations for this group that culminate with capturing a gold medal obviously,” Draper said. “It will be a priority for us to strive for growth in team efficiency with each game that we play. Along the way, we want to represent our country and CIS in a positive light while displaying the competitive drive and determination that has come to be synonymous with Canadian hockey players.”
NOTE: Caitlin MacDonald was originally named to the Canadian roster for the 2011 Universiade but was unable to participate due to an injury.
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2013/index
Trentino 2013 website: http://www.universiadetrentino.org/
TEAM CANADA ROSTER
-Name -University -Elig. -Hometown -Academic Program
- Kelly Campbell – Western – 3 – London, Ont. – BMOS (management)
- Élodie Rousseau-Sirois – Montreal – 3 – Pohenegamook, Que. – Architecture
- Sophie Brault – Montreal – 4 – St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. – Administration
- Christi Capozzi – UBC – 5 – Kelowna, B.C. – Kinesiology
- Brittney Fouracres – McGill – 3 – Calgary, Alta. – Engineering
- Katelyn Gosling – Western – 3 – London, Ont. – Social Sciences
- Caitlin MacDonald – Manitoba – 5 – Winnipeg, Man. – Business
- Jenna Pitts – StFX – 4 – Antigonish, N.S. – Science
- Laura Brooker – Laurier – 4 – Fergus, Ont. – English
- Gabrielle Davidson – McGill – 2 – Pointe-Claire, Que. – Management
- Kim Deschênes – Montreal – 5 – St. Quentin, N.B. – Arts & Science
- Katia Clément-Heydra – McGill – 4 – St. Bruno, Que. – Industrial Relations
- Josianne Legault – Montreal – 4 – Granby, Que. – Science
- Morgan McHaffie – Queen’s – 5 – Guelph, Ont. – Physical & Health Education
- Alex Normore – StFX – 4 – Bedford, N.S. – Science
- Amanda Parkins – Guelph – 2 – Kitchener, Ont. – Sociology
- Jessica Pinkerton – Guelph – 3 – Oshawa, Ont. – Sociology
- Tatiana Rafter – UBC – 4 – Winnipeg, Man. – Arts
- Jenna Smith – Calgary – 4 – Swift Current, Sask. – Arts
- Cara Wooster – Saskatchewan – Luseland, Sask. – Arts & Science
NOTE: The year of CIS eligibility listed is for the 2013-14 season. Cara Wooster of Saskatchewan used her fifth and final year of CIS eligibility in 2012-13.
- General Manager: Mike Kraichy Hockey Alberta
- Head Coach: Howie Draper University of Alberta
- Assistant Coach: Rachel Flanagan University of Guelph
- Assistant Coach: Isabelle Leclaire University of Montreal
- Athletic Therapist: Crissy McPhee University of Ottawa
- Equipment Manager: Scott Cyr University of Saskatchewan
TEAM CANADA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (all times local)
- Dec. 10 (20:00): Canada vs. Spain
- Dec. 12 (16:00): Canada vs. Russia
- Dec. 13 (16:00): Canada vs. Great Britain
- Dec. 15 (20:00): Canada vs. USA
- Dec. 16 (16:00): Canada vs. Japan
- Dec. 18 (16:00): Semifinal #1 (3 vs. 2)
- Dec. 18 (20:00): Semifinal #2 (4 vs. 1)
- Dec. 19 (16:00): 5th place
- Dec. 20 (16:00): Bronze
- Dec. 20 (20:00): Final
CANADA’S ALL-TIME RESULTS IN WOMEN’S HOCKEY AT UNIVERSIADE
2011 (Erzurum, Turkey)
- 2-1 vs. Finland (SO)
- 3-0 vs. Slovakia
- 14-0 vs. Great Britain
- 9-0 vs. USA
- 11-0 vs. Turkey
- 8-1 vs. USA (semifinal)
- 4-1 vs. Finland (final)
2009 (Harbin, China)
- 11-0 vs. Great Britain
- 5-0 vs. Finland
- 6-3 vs. Slovakia
- 7-1 vs. China
- 4-1 vs. Japan
- 10-1 vs. Slovakia (semifinal)
- 3-1 vs. China (final)
About the Winter Universiade
The Winter Universiade is a biennial international multi-sport event open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event. The competition program of the Trentino Universiade includes alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey (women & men), nordic combined, ski jumping, snowboarding, and speed skating (short & long track).
About Canadian Interuniversity Sport
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