Hockey Canada has unveiled its roster for the Women’s Hockey Tournament at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games set for this February 4-20 in Beijing, China.
The 23 player roster features 10 first-time Olympians, while 13 members of the 2018 Canadian squad who earned silver in PyeongChang, South Korea will once again represent their country overseas. Six players actually suited up for Canada in Sochi, Russia where they won gold in 2014, while two players remain from the gold medal-winning team from Vancouver in 2010.
With one backup player at each position, Hockey Canada elected to name three goaltenders, seven defensemen and 13 forwards to the team. Many difficult personnel decisions had to be made by Hockey Canada staff, but the coaching staff and selection crew made up of Gina Kingsbury, Cassie Campbell, Kori Cheverie, Doug Derraugh, Alison Domenico, Brad Kirkwood, Scott Salmond and Scott Smith relied on both experienced players and and influx of youth and young leadership in their decision-making process.
“It is a tremendous honour and accomplishment to be chosen to represent your country at the Olympics,” said Hockey Canada chief executive officer Tom Renney . “We extend our congratulations to all 23 players on their nomination to the Canadian Olympic Team and we will join with hockey fans from coast-to-coast-to-coast in our excitement and pride as we watch Canada compete in Beijing.”
Ontario led the way with 12 players selected from the province, while Manitoba and Quebec sent three players each to the team. Nova Scotia will be represented by two forwards, while Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia surprisingly will only see one representative each.
Prior to final team selection, the Canadian centralized roster battled the United States in what became a six-game Rivalry Series. Canada also competed against the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association, the Alberta Junior Hockey League, the British Columbia Hockey League and three times against Finland.
Team Canada will begin the preliminary round against Switzerland on February 3 at the National Indoor Stadium and Wukesong Sports Centre in Beijing. The Canadians have not won an Olympic gold medal since 2014.
Full Canadian Women’s Olympic Team Roster:
|6||Rebecca Johnston||Forward||L||5’9||148||09-24-1989||Sudbury, Ont.||PWHPA|
|7||Laura Stacey||Forward||R||5’10||143||05-05-1994||Kleinburg, Ont.||PWHPA|
|10||Sarah Fillier||Forward||R||5’4||137||06-09-2000||Georgetown, Ont.||Princeton University (ECAC)|
|11||Jill Saulnier||Forward||L||5’5||144||03-07-1992||Halifax, N.S.||PWHPA|
|15||Melodie Daoust||Forward||L||5’6||157||01-07-1992||Valleyfield, Que.||PWHPA|
|19||Brianne Jenner||Forward||R||5’9||159||05-04-1991||Oakville, Ont.||PWHPA|
|20||Sarah Nurse||Forward||L||5’8||140||01-04-1995||Hamilton, Ont.||PWHPA|
|24||Natalie Spooner||Forward||R||5’10||170||10-17-1990||Scarborough, Ont.||PWHPA|
|26||Emily Clark||Forward||L||5’7||150||11-28-1995||Saskatoon, Sask.||PWHPA|
|27||Emma Maltais||Forward||L||5’3||147||11-04-1999||Burlington, Ont.||Ohio State University (WCHA)|
|29||Marie-Philip Poulin||Forward||L||5’6||160||03-28-1991||Beauceville, Que.||PWHPA|
|40||Blayre Turnbull||Forward||R||5’7||155||07-15-1993||Stellarton, N.S.||PWHPA|
|47||Jamie Lee Rattray||Forward||L||5’6||158||09-30-1992||Kanata, Ont.||PWHPA|
|3||Jocelyne Larocque||Defence||L||5’6||140||05-19-1988||Ste. Anne, Man.||PWHPA|
|14||Renata Fast||Defence||R||5’7||144||10-06-1994||Burlington, Ont.||PWHPA|
|17||Ella Shelton||Defence||L||5’8||176||01-19-1998||Ingersoll, Ont.||PWHPA|
|21||Ashton Bell||Defence||R||5’9||163||12-07-1999||Deloraine, Man.||University of Minnesota Duluth (WCHA)|
|23||Erin Ambrose||Defence||R||5’5||132||04-30-1994||Keswick, Ont.||PWHPA|
|28||Micah Zandee-Hart||Defence||L||5’8||150||01-13-1997||Saanichton, B.C.||PWHPA|
|42||Claire Thompson||Defence||L||5’8||148||01-28-1998||Toronto, Ont.||PWHPA|
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