Feb 02, 2015
Photo credit Ben Matchett
GRANADA, Spain (CIS) – Forwards Laura Brooker of Fergus, Ont., and Kruise Reddick of Manor, Sask., have been chosen as the respective captains of the Canadian women and men’s hockey teams that will compete at the 2015 Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain.
The hockey tournaments of the 27th biennial Games get underway on Tuesday (men) and Wednesday (women), with the gold-medal finals set for Feb. 12 (women) and Feb. 14 (men). The Canadian women have won all three tourneys since the discipline made its Universiade debut in 2009, while the men are also defending champions after claiming their fourth all-time title in 2013 in Trentino, Italy.
Canada opens the men’s competition Tuesday at 5 p.m. local (11 a.m. EST) against South Korea and kicks off the women’s tournament Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. EST) versus Kazakhstan. The men’s game will be streamed live on www.fisu.tv.
Brooker, a left winger in her fifth year of eligibility with the defending OUA champion Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks, is looking to capture her second Universiade gold medal after she racked up 10 points (7-3-10) in seven games in 2013 in Trentino, including a goal and an assist in a 5-0 championship win over Russia. A member of the CIS all-rookie team in 2011, Brooker has scored numerous OUA all-star nods over the years and was named to the CIS championship tournament all-star team last season.
Serving as alternate captains in Granada will be McGill defenceman Brittney Fouracres and St. Francis Xavier forward Alex Normore, both veterans from the 2013 Games, as well as Queen’s forward Morgan McHaffie.
“I’m honestly breathless,” said Brooker. “It’s an honour to serve as captain at my university, and even more so when I’m wearing the red and white of my country. I was stunned when coach phoned me to tell me the news, but I am proud to lead our team here in Granada.”
“She’s earned this honour,” exclaimed Jon Rempel, the Team Canada head coach from the University of Manitoba. “She leads her university team, and she’s a big game performer. She was a CIS championship all-star and a key player in 2013 when she helped lead Canada to a gold medal. Her proven leadership and big game experience will be crucial to our team success at this Universiade.”
Reddick, who previously played for the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League, currently serves as the captain of the defending CIS champion University of Alberta Golden Bears. He has amassed 88 points in 105 Canada West conference games over his four seasons with the team, as well as 141 points in 164 overall contests.
A year ago, the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation student missed almost the entire second half of the season as well as the Canada West playoffs with injury but returned to the line-up just days before the University Cup national tournament. After a seven-week recovery from surgery, he banked five points in three games at the championship to lead the Bears to their CIS-record 14th title, earning a nod on the tournament all-star team.
Serving as alternate captains will be rearguards Matthew Delahey from the Saskatchewan Huskies and Jesse Craige from Alberta, as well as Calgary forward Kevin King. Both Delahey and King are captains for their respective CIS squads, while Craige is an alternate with the U of A.
“It’s a tremendous honour, and a bit of a shock. I don’t think it has sunk in just yet,” noted Reddick. “It was an incredible honour to be selected to this team in the first place, and the opportunity to lead it, and hopefully help defend Canada’s gold medal, is incredibly exciting.”
“He has been one of the most dynamic, competitive forwards in our league for the last four years,” stated Canadian head coach Dave Adolph from the University of Saskatchewan. “He has done it the right way. The Golden Bears are the defending national champions, and the first-place team in the country. He’s the captain of that team, and the captain of ours.”
NOTES: The Canadian women enter the Granada tournament with a 21-0 all-time record in Universiade competition, including a 3-1 gold medal win over China in 2009, a 4-1 defeat of Finland in the 2011 title match and a 5-0 championship victory over Russia in 2013… In 14 all-time appearances at the Universiade tourney, the Canadian men have tallied an impressive 13 medals (4-3-6), including gold medal triumphs in 1981 (University of Alberta), 1991 (senior national team), 2007 (AUS all-stars) and 2013 (AUS all-stars)… Canada (2013, 2007) and Russia (2011, 2009, 2005, 2003) have combined to win the last six men’s tournaments.
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2015/index
Granada 2015 website: http://www.granada2015.org/en/
WOMEN’S SCHEDULE (all times local / 6 hours ahead of EST)
Wednesday, Feb. 4 (20:30): Canada vs. Kazakhstan
Sunday, Feb. 8 (20:30): Canada vs. Russia
Wednesday, Feb. 11 (TBD): Semi-finals
Thursday, Feb. 12 (17:00): Bronze (www.fisu.tv)
Thursday, Feb. 12 (20:30): Final (www.fisu.tv)
MEN’S SCHEDULE (all times local / 6 hours ahead of EST)
Tuesday, Feb. 3 (17:00): Canada vs. South Korea (www.fisu.tv)
Thursday, Feb. 5 (17:00): Canada vs. Sweden (www.fisu.tv)
Saturday, Feb. 7 (17:00): Canada vs. Russia (www.fisu.tv)
Wednesday, Feb. 11 (TBD): Quarterfinals (www.fisu.tv)
Friday, Feb. 13 (TBD): Semi-finals (www.fisu.tv)
Saturday, Feb. 14 (12:00): Bronze (www.fisu.tv)
Saturday, Feb. 14 (16:00): Final (www.fisu.tv)
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 Granada Universiade will feature nine compulsory sports and one optional sport. Compulsory sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, curling, nordic skiing, short track speed skating, figure skating, synchronized skating, snowboarding. Optional sport: freestyle skiing.
NOTE: Biathlon and nordic skiing will take place in Strbske Pleso and Osrblie, Slovakia from Jan. 24 to Feb. 1, prior to the start of the Games in Granada.
Official website: www.granada2015.org
About Canadian Interuniversity Sport
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