Hockey Canada has made the decision to go ahead with the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia this spring. With that decision comes the announcement of the Canadian training camp roster. On Monday, Hockey Canada released the names of 35 players currently participating in the camp.
Amongst the 19 forwards, 10 defenders and six goaltenders invited are three Manitobans. And all are very familiar with Hockey Canada. Returnee defencemen Jocelyne Larocque (Ste. Anne) and Brigette Lacquette (Mallard) are joined by goaltending hopeful Kristen Campbell of Brandon.
The camp is running Monday, March 1 through Sunday, March 7 in Halifax as a follow up to the training camp held in Calgary, AB. back in January. That camp was the first opportunity for the team to skate together in-person following the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020.
Current COVID-19 protocol restricts any more than 25 people to be on one ice surface at any given time, so players and coaches will be divided up for the daily on-ice sessions. The skates will be closed from the public and media, while strict testing and self-isolation rules and regulations from Nova Scotia Public Health will be adhered to.
“We are grateful to government officials and health authorities in Nova Scotia and Canadian Sports Center Atlantic who worked with us to ensure we are able to hold this camp in a safe and secure environment,” Hockey Canada’s Gina Kingsbury said. “Health and safety remain our priorities, and with the few chances we have had to get together as a team, this camp is important to our season. Our players, coaches and support staff have shown great resiliency through adversity and their eagerness to prepare and compete is evident in off-ice training, ice sessions and our virtual connections.”
|Pos||First Name||Last Name||Hometown||Current Team|
|D||Jocelyne||Larocque||Ste. Anne||Hockey Canada|
Team therapist Jami Boyd of Minnedosa will serve as the only Manitoban staff member on the Canadian roster for the camp and tournament.