Early this week, Hockey Canada announced the names of those invited to the National Women’s Development Program’s virtual camp, running online throughout the summer months of 2020, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Those participating in the online camp will meet weekly until the athletes ‘return’ to university for the fall months.
Amongst 50 invitees are four Manitobans; three of which just so happen to be goaltenders, while the other is a defenceman. 26 forwards, 16 defencemen and eight netminders received the call, including Ste. Anne’s Raygan Kirk, Sanford’s Halle Oswald, Elm Creek’s Corrine Schroeder and Deloraine’s Ashton Bell.
During these weekly instructional sessions, the young women will be in constant communication with many highly acclaimed members of the Hockey Canada coaching staff, taking in lessons in mental performance, strength and conditioning, dryland practice, skating simulation, nutrition, short-term competition preparation as well as team-building exercises.
“It is important to recognize the accomplishment of these athletes being identified in our program… they are a big part of our future moving forward,” said Hockey Canada Director of Women’s National Teams Gina Kingsbury in a press release. “The virtual sessions taking place allow us to connect and educate our athletes on their development. We are also trying to take advantage of this opportunity to connect our next-gen athletes with our current senior athletes, creating a strong tie between generations of our program.”
Raygan Kirk – Goaltender, 19, 5-foot-9, 15-8-1, 2.05 GAA, .925 SP, four shutouts.
Halle Oswald – Goaltender, 20, 5-foot-7, 9-5-0, 1.29 GAA, .924 SP, four shutouts.
Corrine Schroeder – Goaltender, 20, 16-7-3, 5-foot-11, 1.54 GAA, .943 SP, four shutouts.
Ashton Bell – Defence, 20, 5-foot-9, 20, 11 goals, 32 points, 10 penalty minutes.
In breaking down the invitees geographically, 17 players from Ontario got the nod, while Quebec had 12 receive invites. British Columbia made up six of the participants, while Saskatchewan had five. Alberta is home to three of the young women, while three other players came from the Maritimes. Hockey Canada also announced its Under-18 Summer Camp roster of 59 players, of which no Manitobans made the cut.