Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team will be heading to Russia with four returning players that won silver at last year’s tournament.
Hockey Canada announced the 23-player roster that will wear the red-and-white in Dmitrov, Russia, Jan. 6-13, 2018, at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship — including familiar faces Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, Ont.), Brooke McQuigge (Bowmanville, Ont.), Audrey-Anne Veillette (Drummondville, Que.) and Courtney Vorster (Richmond, B.C.).
“We’ve had an opportunity to evaluate a very large pool of talent in this age group through our summer camps, with their club teams this season, and at the U18 national championship in Quebec City, and these 23 players have exhibited the on-and off-ice qualities we are looking for to represent Canada,” said Collins, a national team alumna who was an assistant coach with Canada’s 2015 and 2017 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship teams.
“We have four players who bring not only their hockey talent, but also their experience from last year’s world championship to this team, and we are really excited about the energy we’ve seen from all 23 players.”
The roster also features 18 players who competed as part of Canada’s national women’s under-18 team in a three-game series against the U.S. in Lake Placid, New York in August.
Canada lost the annual summer series, winning just one of the three games.
McQuigge captained the 2017 under-18 team that played to silver while the three other returnees served as alternate captains. The U.S. won gold for the third year in a row, defeating Canada 3-1.
The player selections were made by Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada’s general manager of national women’s team programs, alongside the team’s coaching staff — head coach Delaney Collins (Pilot Mound, Man./Fraser Valley, FMAAA), assistant coaches Amanda Benoit-Wark (Welland, Ont./Ridley College, CAHS) and Darren Turcotte (North Bay, Ont./Nipissing University, OUA), and goaltending consultant Joe Johnston (Lower Sackville, N.S./Dalhousie University, AUS), and with input from Hockey Canada’s regional scouts.
Five players will make their debut with Canada’s National Under-18 team: Logan Angers (Winnipeg, Man.), Courtney Correia (Whitby, Ont.), Alexa Hoskin (Belleville, Ont.), Courtney Kollman (Calgary, Alta.) and Emily Rickwood (Brantford, Ont.).
Canada will open its 2018 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship against the host Russian team on Jan. 6 at 7:30 a.m. ET/4:30 a.m. PT.
The schedule also has the team facing Sweden and the United States in preliminary-round action, Jan. 7 and 9 respectively, before the tournament culminates with the gold-medal game at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT on Saturday, Jan. 13.
Hockey Canada’s broadcast partner, TSN, is slated to carry the gold-medal game from Dmitrov, Russia – check local listings for details.Back to Top
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