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:
|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.
U SPORTS ALL-STARS ROSTER
|First Name||Last Name||School||Hometown||Height||Eligibility|
|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|
|Annabel||Faubertu||Montreal||Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Que.||5-5||1||Physical Education|
|Alexandra||Woods*||St. Thomas||Courtice, Ont.||5-5||4||Arts|
|Forwards / Attaquants|
|Audrey||Belzile*||Concordia||St. Hyacinthe, Que.||5-4||4||International Business|
|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|
|Miranda||Hatt||Saint Mary’s||Regina, Sask.||5-6||2||Criminology|
|Erin||Locke||York||Toronto, Ont.||5-5||5||Kinesiology &|
|Autumn||MacDougall||Alberta||Cole Harbour, N.S.||5-1||5||Kinesiology,|
Sport and Rec.
Sport and Rec.
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