Wanting to supply gamers with some certainty concerning the future after months with out it, Hockey Canada named its roster of girls invited to check out for the 2022 Olympic crew.
Of the 28 introduced Wednesday, 10 forwards, three defenders and one goaltender performed on the 2018 Olympic crew that misplaced the ultimate to the US in a shootout.
Defender Meaghan Mikkelson of St. Albert, Alta., and forwards Marie-Philip Poulin of Beauceville, Que., and Rebecca Johnston of Sudbury, Ont., are three-time Olympians having gained gold in each 2010 and 2014.
The COVID-19 pandemic has restricted Canada’s nationwide crew to simply 5 worldwide video games, all towards the Individuals, within the final two years.
The world championship in Nova Scotia was cancelled two years in a row. The 2021 event was abruptly referred to as off final month on a day when worldwide groups had been to depart for Canada.
So three Canadian-team camps since January had an outsized affect over which girls had been invited to congregate in Calgary in late July to begin preparations for Beijing.
Hockey Canada’s Gina Kingsbury mentioned she consulted with Canada’s veteran gamers and determined the 47 gamers within the national-team pool, whether or not they had been named to the centralization roster or not, wanted to know their standing.
“We leaned on our management group to advise us what the necessity of the group was,” mentioned the director of nationwide girls’s groups. “It was fairly evident everybody was prepared to maneuver ahead.
“It was time for us to make the selections that we would have liked to make, to additionally give our athletes the chance to get organized and get their minds wrapped round shifting to Calgary in a number of months.
“For these athletes we’re not shifting on with, giving them that point and house to make selections for themselves as effectively.”
Kingsbury, who gained gold with Poulin, Johnston and Mikkelson in 2010, didn’t wait till after the Skilled Girls’s Hockey Gamers’ Affiliation’s Dream Hole Tour in Calgary later this month, despite the fact that many gamers within the national-team pool will probably be amongst 60 taking part within the three-team event.
“I don’t assume the Hole Tour would have given us far more information,” she mentioned.
Canada’s 2022 Olympic crew will probably be skilled up entrance, however much less so on the again finish.
Girls’s Olympic hockey rosters are 23 gamers, together with three goaltenders, in comparison with the lads’s 25-player rosters.
Canada’s goalies will probably be Ann-Renee Desbiens of La Malbaie, Que., Kristen Campbell of Brandon, Man., and Emerance Maschmeyer of Bruderheim, Alta, competing for coveted Olympic begins.
Desbiens posted an 18-save shutout in a 5-0 win over Russia in her lone begin in Pyeongchang.
Mikkelson and 2018 alumni Jocelyne Larocque of Ste. Anne, Man., and Renata Quick of Burlington, Ont., had been amongst 9 blue-liners invited.
Defenders Erin Ambrose of Keswick, Ont., and Micah Zandee-Hart of Saanichton, B.C., had been among the many closing cuts from the 2018 squad. They’ll get one other probability to make the Olympic crew.
Poulin, Johnston, Melodie Daoust of Valleyfield, Que., Brianne Jenner of Oakville, Ont., Hamilton’s Sarah Nurse, Toronto’s Natalie Spooner, Laura Stacey of Kleinburg, Ont., Blayre Turnbull of Stellarton, N.S., Saskatoon’s Emily Clark and Jill Saulnier of Halifax all performed for Canada in 2018, and are amongst 16 forwards on the roster.
Defenders Ashton Bell of Deloraine, Man., Jamie Bourbonnais of Mississauga, Ont., Ella Shelton of Ingersoll, Ont., and Claire Thompson of Toronto had been additionally named to the centralization roster.
Forwards Victoria Bach of Milton, Ont., Sarah Fillier of Georgetown, Ont., Julia Gosling of London, Ont., Emma Maltais of Burlington, Ont., Kristin O’Neill of Oakville, Ont., and Jamie Lee Rattray of Kanata, Ont., are amongst gamers hoping to make their Olympic debuts in Beijing.
Defenders Laura Fortino and Lauriane Rougeau, who gained Olympic gold in 2014, defender Brigette Lacquette, who gained silver in 2018, and ahead Loren Gabel, who had a breakout 2019 world championship, had been amongst those that participated in final month’s camp in Halifax, however not invited to Olympic tryouts.
“We actually leaned on what we noticed now,” Kingsbury mentioned. “If we felt there was a younger athlete that probably had a better ceiling and we projected they might be at a greater spot come February of 2022, that actually performed a job.
“It was a problem. Would we now have favored to have extra video games beneath our belt and extra time to judge and make these selections? Completely, however that wasn’t what we had been dealt.”
A wrinkle to Canada’s preparation is Hockey Canada nonetheless intends to host the ladies’s championship Aug. 20-31 at a location but to be named.
“We additionally need to be prepared for worlds and we need to win worlds,” Kingsbury mentioned. “That’s our primary goal after which we are able to concentrate on Beijing.
“It’s a closing examination on Day 1 of sophistication. You’re beginning with an enormous occasion and also you end with an enormous occasion.”
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