Hockey Canada has announced its participants for the coming National Women’s Development Team Summer Camp set to run from July 29 to August 9. The camp will be held at the Winsport Olympic Park in Calgary, AB. and feature off/on-ice training practices, inter-squad games and two scrimmages against the National Women’s Team.
Invited to participate in the camp are 22 forwards, 12 defencemen and six goaltenders making 40 total participants. Three additional players were invited but are unable to attend. The invitees will be split into two teams and hold separate on-ice sessions throughout the two weeks of national camp exposure beginning in late-July.
Making the development camp roster are two Manitobans, and both happen to be goaltenders. Ste. Anne’s Raygan Kirk and Elm Creek’s Corinne Schroeder will both suit up for Canada in the red and white this summer. Despite being two of the six netminders, Manitobans make up less than five percent of all camp attendees.
Of the 22 Team Canada staff positions, none hail from the province of Manitoba, nor currently coach within the province. And of the players invited, Manitoba is tied with the Maritimes for the lowest number of invitees. 13 Ontario products were chosen, while 11 players hail from Quebec. Eight young women from BC were selected, while Saskatchewan had four, and Alberta had three players picked.
“The COVID-19 pandemic really impacted this group of athletes with limited ice time, and the opportunity to bring everyone together with an elite group of coaches will benefit them as they prepare for the upcoming season,” said Hockey Canada director of hockey operations Gina Kingsbury. “We look forward to welcoming our development athletes back to Calgary for summer camp, and we know this group will be excited to get on the ice together before a highly-anticipated season.”
Both Kirk and Schroeder have had experience within the Hockey Canada system, but Kirk certainly holds a sizeable advantage heading into camp with her track record as tournament MVP at the World U-18s in 2019 and recent success with her former Robert Morris University Colonials. The recent Ohio State commit will join Schroeder – a recent transfer to Quinnipiac University from Boston University – in Alberta later this month.