Alberta’s Poznikoff headlines U SPORTS Women’s Hockey All-Stars

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Credit: Dave Gold / Hockey Canada

Reigning national Player of the Year Alex Poznikoff of the Alberta Pandas highlights the U SPORTS Women’s Hockey All-Stars roster announced Wednesday, set to compete at Hockey Canada’s Summer Showcase in Calgary, Aug, 2-11.

Poznikoff, who tallied 15 goals and 37 points in 27 games last season, has suited up in each of the three editions of the Summer Showcase since U SPORTS began participating in 2016. The Edmonton native also won a silver medal at the 2017 FISU Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Besides Poznikoff, the roster features eight other returning players with Summer Showcase and Winter Universiade experience, along with former U SPORTS major award winners, All-Canadians and All-Rookies.

“The Summer Showcase is an amazing opportunity to test some of U SPORTS’ finest against internationally-recognized talent,” said Lisette Johnson-Stapley, Chief Sport Officer at U SPORTS. “It is now more important than ever to give women a platform of high-performance hockey. We remain committed to the growth and development of our student-athletes and the women’s game in Canada.”

New this year, the Summer Showcase will see U SPORTS play six games, with the event expanding to include teams from France, Japan and Russia alongside a pair of Team Canada squads as part of the BFL National Women’s Development Team Selection Camp. Last year in Calgary, U SPORTS won three of four games, including back-to-back victories over both of Canada’s teams, who are vying for roster spots for a three-game series against the United States. The Summer Showcase will be held at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park, with games scheduled as follows:

Date Opponent Time (ET/PT)
Sunday, Aug. 4 Russia (Simulation Game) 9:00 p.m. / 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 6 Japan 2:30 p.m. / 11:30 am.
Wednesday, Aug. 7 France 1:00 p.m. / 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 8 Canada 1 2:30 p.m. / 11:30 am.
Friday, Aug. 9 Canada 2 2:45 p.m. / 11:45 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 10 Japan 11:30 a.m. ET/ 8:30 a.m.

All games will be streamed at video.hockeycanada.ca

Marc-André Côté, head coach of the Moncton Aigles Bleues, will serve as the team’s bench boss, after being an assistant coach with the U SPORTS All-Stars the last two years. He will be joined by returning assistants Greg Bowles of the Ottawa Gee-Gees and Terry Rhindress of the Mount Allison Mounties.

“It is an honor to be able to take part in this elite U SPORTS women’s hockey camp,” said Côté. “We will build on the progression achieved during the last two years under Stacey Colarossi. The team has a nice mix of athletes who have experienced this camp before and a number of excellent younger first-time players. I look forward to working with this group and am very happy to work with assistant coaches Greg Bowles and Terry Rhindress, with whom I have worked before.”

Since debuting at the Summer Showcase in 2016, the U SPORTS All-Stars sport a 5-5-2 record in 12 games.

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Alex Woods, St. Thomas Tommies. (Credit: Dave Gold / Hockey Canada)

U SPORTS ALL-STARS ROSTER

First Name Last Name School Hometown Height Eligibility

(2019-20)

Program
Goaltenders
Tricia Deguire* McGill Sherbrooke, Que. 5-8 4 Kinesiology
Aube Racine Montreal Montreal, Que. 5-5 2 Pre-school & Primary Ed.
Defence / Défense
Leah Bohlkenu Saskatchewan Moose Jaw, Sask. 5-6 5 Arts & Science
Lindsey Donovan* StFX Miramichi, N.B. 5-9 4 Arts
Annabel Faubertu Montreal Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Que. 5-5 1 Physical Education
Hannah Koroll UBC Saskatoon, Sak. 5-9 2 Business
Rylind MacKinnon UBC Cranbrook, B.C. 5-10 2 Kinesiology
Kelly-Ann Nadeau Montreal Mont-Laurier, Que. 5-5 2 Kinesiology
Alexandra Woods* St. Thomas Courtice, Ont. 5-5 4 Arts
Forwards / Attaquants
Audrey Belzile* Concordia St. Hyacinthe, Que. 5-4 4 International Business
Bailee Bourassa Saskatchewan Weyburn, Sask. 5-8 4 Nursing
April Clark* Western St. Mary’s Ont. 5-3 5 Nursing
Erika Crouse Ryerson Kirkland Lake, Ont. 5-3 2 Criminology
Shae Demale Saint Mary’s Red Deer, Alta. 5-9 2 Science
Catherine Dubois*u Montreal Charlesbourg, Que. 5-9 5 Industrial Relations
Kennedy Ganser Alberta Provost, Alta. 5-3 4 Education
Brooklyn Gemmill Ryerson Cambridge, Ont. 5-4 3 Criminology
Miranda Hatt Saint Mary’s Regina, Sask. 5-6 2 Criminology
Erin Locke York Toronto, Ont. 5-5 5 Kinesiology &

Health Science

Autumn MacDougall Alberta Cole Harbour, N.S. 5-1 5 Kinesiology,

Sport and Rec.

Alex Poznikoff*u Alberta Edmonton, Alta. 5-3 5 Kinesiology,

Sport and Rec.

 

TEAM STAFF

Head Coach: Marc-André Côté, Moncton*

Assistant Coach: Greg Bowles, Ottawa*u

Assistant Coach: Terry Rhindress, Mount Allison*u

General Manager: Danièle Sauvageau, Montreal

Manager, Sport Technical & National Championships: Scott Ring, U SPORTS

 

HOCKEY CANADA SUPPORT STAFF

Physiotherapist: Claire Biafore

Equipment Manager: Ashton Murley, Alberta

Video Coach: Alex Cousineau, Concordia

Massage Therapist: Meagan Cowell

Doctor: Steve Martin

Goalie Coach: Anne-Renée Desbiens

Strength & Conditioning Coach: Ken Morrison

 

*Returning Summer Showcase participant

uPast Universiade participant