Players Birthdate Residence Ht. Wt. Pos. Shot Joueuses Naissance Résidence T. P. Lanc Goalkeepers / Gardiennes de buts (2) Small, Sami Jo 25/03/76 Winnipeg, MB 5'7" 187 G/G L/G St-Pierre, Kim 14/12/78 Chateauguay, QC 5'8" 145 G/G L/G Defence / Défense (7) Brisson, Therese 05/10/66 Fredericton, NB 5'7" 150 D/D R/D Heaney, Geraldine 01/10/67 Weston, ON 5'8" 130 D/D R/D Diduck, Judy 21/04/66 Sherwood Park, AB 5'6" 140 D/D L/G Pounder, Cheryl 26/06/76 Mississauga, ON 5'6" 145 D/D R/D Rivard, Nathalie 21/01/72 Cumberland, ON 5'8" 160 D/D L/G Smith, Fiona 31/10/73 Edam, SK 5'2" 124 D/D L/G Kellar, Becky 01/01/75 Hagersville, ON 5'7 150 D/D / Forwards / Avants (12) Benoit, Amanda 22/01/76 Welland, ON 5'3" 120 C/C L/G Campbell, Cassie 22/11/73 Brampton, ON 5'7" 134 D/D L/G Drolet, Nancy 02/08/73 Drummondville, QC 5'6" 138 C/C L/G Dupuis, Lori 14/11/72 Williamstown, ON 5'8" 165 C/C L/G Goyette, Danielle 30/01/66 St. Nazaire, QC 5'7" 133 LW/AG L/G Hefford, Jayna 14/05/77 Kingston, ON 5'5" 135 C/C L/G Luhowy, Tracy 17/06/71 Calgary, AB 5'8" 165 C/C L/G McCormack, Kathy 16/02/74 Fredericton, NB 5'9" 170 LW/AG L/G Nystrom, Karen 17/06/69 Scarborough, ON 5'6" 140 RW/AD R/D St-Louis, France 17/10/58 St. Hubert, QC 5'8" 145 C/C L/G Sunohara, Vicky 18/05/70 Scarborough, ON 5'7" 143 C/C L/G West, Sommer 24/04/78 Bowmanville, ON 5'7" 160 LW/AG L/G Staff Head Coach/Entraîneur-chef: Danièle Sauvageau Assistant Coach/entraîneur-adjointe: Ken Dufton Assistant Coach/entraîneur-adjointe: Karen Hughes Gérant de l'équipement: Robin McDonald Physiotherapist/physiothérapeute: Shelly Malcolm Physician: Dr. Suzanne Leclaire Manager, Communications: John MacKinnon
CALGARY, AB -- The 21-player roster of women who will compete for Canada at the 1998 3 Nations Cup tournament in Kuortane, Finland was named Monday, the Canadian Hockey Association announced.
Head coach Daniele Sauvageau and assistants Karen Hughes and Ken Dufton chose the team following an evaluation camp in Montreal from Oct. 5-12. The roster of two goalies, seven defenders and 12 forwards includes 14 Olympians, as well as two former World Champion players who were not on the 1998 Olympic team.
Two Olympians not on the National Women's Team for 3 Nations Cup tournament in Finland from Dec. 10-16 are Hayley Wickenheiser of Calgary and Jennifer Botterill of Winnipeg. Both will be members of Canada's Under-22 Women's National Team that will compete in Europe in December. Two other Olympic silver medalists not named to this team are Laura Schuler, who is recovering from knee surgery, and goaltender Leslie Reddon, who remains a candidate for the National Women's Team for the 1999 Women's World Championship in Espoo, Finland from March 8-14.
The National Women's Team will compete against Finland and the United States at the December tournament, which Canada is using as an evaluative tool for its players, including young goaltenders Kim St-Pierre of Montreal and Sami Jo Small of Winnipeg. Canada's roster includes defenders Nathalie Rivard of Cumberland, ON, who was a member of Canada's gold medal-winning 1992 Women's World Championship team, and Cheryl Pounder of Toronto, who helped Canada win a gold medal at the 1994 Women's World Championship in Lake Placid, NY.
"This team is a mixture of veterans and talented, up-and-coming younger players who will get the opportunity to be exposed to competition at the international level," said Sauvageau. "This is really step three of the process in our development year, following the Under-22 National Women's Camp in Calgary in August and the National Women's Team Evaluation camp in Montreal last month.
"The value of the Under-22 Women's team is that it allows more players to experience international competition. This year, 42 high performance players will be exposed to the international game and that has to help us develop depth in our program over the next few years."
Sauvageau noted that the selection of a 20-player team to compete at the 1999 Women's World Championship will be a process comprising the two evaluation camps, the 3 Nations Cup, the Under-22 event in December and another event planned for the National Women's Team in January.
"We're still the World Champions and our aim is to defend that title this season," said Sauvageau. "But we also are on a four-year cycle to prepare for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, and so it's important that we perform well in every phase of the development process."
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