Calgary, Alta. – Hockey Canada will support the development of female goaltending at the international level through the staffing of seven of the country’s leaders in the game at a week-long camp in Granada, Spain.
The inaugural Women’s Goaltending Development Camp, an initiative of the IIHF Women’s Committee, will bring together 40 female goaltenders at the senior and under-18 levels from 16 countries around the world that are currently ranked outside the top-two in the IIHF Women’s World ranking.
The United States and Canada, ranked 1-2 in the world rankings, will lead the camps.
“The interest in women’s hockey has grown by leaps and bounds – both on and off the ice. The level of competition in international women’s hockey continues to evolve, with more nations developing their female hockey programs from the grassroots to the high-performance levels,” said Melody Davidson, general manager of national women’s team programs for Hockey Canada and IIHF coach mentor to Norway. “This camp provides us, as leaders in the women’s game, to help other nations continue to build a key component of every team – goaltending. The stronger the competition, the better our teams become, and the more support we can attract for international women’s hockey.”
Leading the Canadian contingent is Lisa Haley (Westville, N.S./Ryerson, OUA), who won Olympic gold as an assistant coach at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Haley – who also recorded gold-medal performances as an assistant coach at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship and the IIHF Women’s World Championship, and led Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team to a U18 women’s worlds’ silver medal as head coach in 2016 – will be a camp lead in Spain.
Joining Haley are fellow Canucks:
· Joe Johnston (Lower Sackville, N.S./Dalhousie University, AUS) as goaltending coach;
· Therapists Dave Humphreys (Hamilton, Ont./University of Western Ontario, OUA) and Amie Lee (Bedford, N.S./Hockey Nova Scotia);
· Jon Brown (Ameliasburg, Ont./McMaster University, OUA) and Eric Innis (Quebec City, Que./Limoilou, CEGEP) as strength and conditioning coaches; and
· Equipment manager Serge Leblanc (Grande-Digue, N.B./Université de Moncton, AUS).
The camp kicked off on Sunday, July 16 and runs through July 23rd.