Source: Earl Zukerman, McGill Sports Info
CALGARY, Alta. – Gabrielle Davidson of Pte. Claire, Que.,and Brittney Fouracres of Calgary – both members of theMcGill University national champion women’s hockey team – areamong 104 players invited by Hockey Canada to attend a nationalteam strength and conditioning camp at McMaster University inHamilton, Ont., May 7-11.
They are the only two players selected from a CIS institution ona list that also includes 33 players from NCAA schools, as well assix from Quebec-based CEGEP programs, four from the Junior Women’sHockey League, three from the Ontario-based Provincial Women’sHockey League and one from the Alberta Major Midget Female HockeyLeague.
Players invited to this camp are considered candidates forCanadian teams that will compete at the 2015 IIHF under-18 worldchampionship and the 2015 Meco Cup, an international tournamentfeaturing Europe’s top senior women’s teams – as well as forcompetitions with the national senior team.
Davidson, a 21-year-old finance sophomore, led the CIS with aQuebec conference record 28 goals, one shy of the CIS single-seasonmark. The 5-foot-2 all-star forward finished second in the RSEQscoring race with 34 points in 20 contests. She also led the CISwith seven game-winners and had an equal number of power-playmarkers. In 44 games overall, she scored an impressive 45 goals and67 points. Davidson was named MVP of the CIS championship after shetallied a tournament-high nine points (6-3-9) in three games andled the Martlets to their fourth national title. She also guidedCanada to gold at the FISU Winter Games in Trentino, Italy, postinga tourney-leading 22 points, with 13 goals in just sevencontests
Fouracres, a 21-year-old chemical engineering junior, scored thegame-winning goal in double overtime that gave McGill theirnational championship. She was the team’s top-scoring blueliner andposted a 7-16-23 record in 44 games overall, including sixpower-play tallies and two game-winners. During the regularseason, the 5-foot-1 all-conference rearguard was fourth among theleague’s top defenders with 11 points, including three goals in 20contests. She also played for Canada at the FISU Games inItaly.
The invitation list includes 53 players for the Canadianunder-18 squad and 51 candidates for the national development team,who will participate in both on- and off-ice sessions, while alsointroducing and reiterating Hockey Canada’s expectations in areassuch as nutrition, mental conditioning, physical fitness, testing,training and other positive daily behaviours. This camp isconsidered an important first step in pinpointing the country’sfuture women’s hockey stars, as Canada begins their journey towardsthe 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
The five-day camp will consist of off-ice fitness training andon-ice sessions. Hockey Canada scouts will continue to evaluateplayers at additional national team camps in August and as theycompete with their club and school teams at various provincial andnational events — including the 2015 Canada Winter Games; 2015Esso Cup, Canada’s national midget championship; and both NCAADivision 1 and CIS competition.
“This camp is a key step on the road to continued Team Canadasuccess during the 2014-15 season, but also as we start an excitingand intense four-year journey toward PyeongChang,” said MelodyDavidson, general manager of the national women’s program. “Wecan’t wait to welcome these talented young women, and potentialfuture Olympians, to Hamilton for five days of learning what ittakes, both on and off the ice, to wear the Team Canadajersey.”