Click here 2011 Cdn U-18 Roster.pdf for the 20 players who have been chosen to represent Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, January 1-8 in Stockholm, Sweden.
The roster was finalized following a selection camp featuring 31 of the top young female hockey players in the Canada, at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto, December 17-19.
Head coach Sarah Hodges currently coaching at University of Regina and assistant coaches France Montour, former Team Canada player 1990-92 and Cassandra Turner along with Hockey Canada’s Melody Davidson, (former head coach of 2010 senior national team) and now head scout for women’s national team programs selected the roster during the three-day camp, as well as player performances at events such as the National Women’s Under-18 Championship.
Canada’s 20-player roster includes two goaltenders, six defencemen and 12 forwards. Defenceman Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ont.) and forward Emily Fulton (Stratford, Ont.) return to the roster after helping Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team win its first gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Under-18 Championship beating the United States 5-4 in overtime in Chicago, Ill., last April. The United States won the first two women’s U18 gold medals, in 2008 and 2009.
Breakdown Of Canada’s Roster By Province
Alberta (one): Katy Josephs
Ontario (14): Erin Ambrose, Hailey Browne, Sarah Edney, Emily Fulton, Rebecca Kohler, Nicole Kosta, Amanda Makela, Cayley Mercer, Gina Repaci, Sarah Robson, Cydney Roesler, Jennifer Shields, Laura Stacey, Katarina Zgraja
Manitoba (two): Shelby Bram, Meghan Dufault
New Brunswick (one): Sarah MacDonnell
Quebec (two): Gabrielle Davidson, Ann-Renée Desbiens
“All of the players that attended our selection camp in Toronto are talented athletes and promising young women who will succeed in whatever they choose to do,” Hodges said. “We’re confident the 20 players chosen to go to Sweden for the world championship will represent their country with pride, both on and off the ice.”
Canada plays its first game at the 2011 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship against Switzerland at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday, January 1, and will also play Finland and Germany in preliminary round action. The gold medal game is set for 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 8.