Included on the list of players were two Manitobans, Ste. Anne product Jocelyne Larocque and Mallard’s Brigette Lacquette. The two rural Manitobans will compete for Team Canada at the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championships in Espoo, FIN. from April 4th to 14th.
The Canadian front office and coaching staff chose to go with seven defencemen, 13 forwards and three goaltenders for the tournament – having one backup at each position. Both Larocque and Lacquette are no strangers to the women’s program, having represented Canada on numerous occasions in the past. Most recently the two earned a silver medal with Canada in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea. Larocque also collected another silver medal at the 2018 4 Nations Cup in Saskatchewan.
Lacquette, 26, has two goals, 18 points and 34 penalty minutes in 24 games with the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s Calgary Inferno this season. Larocque, 30, is in her eighth season of professional play, and has two goals, 10 points and 28 penalty minutes in 23 games for the Markham Thunder, also of the CWHL.
The Canadian women begin their quest for gold against Switzerland on April 4th, before going into battle with the United States and Russia on April 6th and 8th, respectively. Team Canada has appeared in each of the past 18 gold medal games of this tournament, collecting 10 golds and eight silver medals.