Bohlken, Bourassa headline U SPORTS Women’s Hockey All-Stars headed to Hockey Canada Summer Showcase

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A pair of players from the University of Saskatchewan Huskies highlight 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.

Leah Bohlken, a defenceman from Moose Jaw, was named a Canada West first team all-star after tallying nine goals and 16 assists in the regular season. Bohlken also won a silver medal at the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Joining Bohlken on the U SPORTS squad will be Bailee Bourassa, originally from Weyburn, Bourassa is entering her fourth year with the Huskies and finished last season with eight goals and 10 assists through the regular season and playoffs.

The roster also features nine 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.

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.

U SPORTS ALL-STARS ROSTER

First Name Last Name School Hometown Height Eligibility
(2019-20)
Program
Goaltenders / Gardiennes des buts
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