Team Canada - 1999 Women's World Championship

     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 (6)	
     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
     Kellar, Becky         01/01/75 Hagersville, ON    5'7   150 D/D    /
     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
Forwards / Avants (12)
     Benoit, Amanda        22/01/76 Welland, ON        5'3"  120 C/C   L/G
     Botterill, Jennifer   01/05/79 Calgary, AB        5'9   155  /     /
     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
     Nystrom, Karen        17/06/69 Scarborough, ON    5'6"  140 RW/AD R/D
     Ouellette, Caroline   25/05/79 Montreal, QC       5'11" 165  /     /
     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
     Wickenheiser, Hayley  08/12/78 Calgary, AB        5'9   170  /     /
     Vice-President, Hockey          Tom Renney
     General Manager, Women's High   Gaëtan Robitaille

     Head Coach                      Danièle Sauvageau
     Assistant Coach                 Ken Dufton
     Assistant Coach                 Karen Hughes
     Assistant Coach, Video          Ray Bennett
     Mental Training Coach           Jacques Plouffe
     Equipment Manager/Trainer       Robin McDonald
     Athletic Therapist              Shelly Malcolm
     Athletic Therapist              Tina Giannakakis
     Physician                       Dr. Chantal Ducasse
     Physician                       Dr. Suzanne Leclaire
     Director Communication          Brad Pascall


Canadian Hockey Press Release 014, January 29 1999.

MONTREAL, QC -- Canada's National Women's team roster for the 1999 IIHF Women's World Championship includes fourteen players that participated at the 1998 Winter Olympics and twelve players that won the 1997 Women's World Championship, the Canadian Hockey Association announced Friday in Montreal, QC.

Returning players include four-time World Champions, Geraldine Heaney of Weston, ON and France St-Louis of St-Hubert, QC and three-time World Champions Nancy Drolet of Drummondville, QC, Danielle Goyette of Calgary, AB and Karen Nystrom of Scarborough, ON.

The 1999 Women's World Championship will take place in Espoo and Vantaa, Finland from March 8-14. Nations competing this year in Group B are Canada, Finland, Germany and Switzerland, with USA, China, Sweden and Russia competing in Group A.

Canada's National Women's team have a 20-0-0 record in World Championship play, and have won gold medals at all four Women's World Championships.

"We are extremely proud of the history and success of our National Women's program in the 1990's, but we realize the talent level of other nations has improved", said Tom Renney, Vice- President, Hockey for the Canadian Hockey Association. "The growth and popularity of women's hockey in Canada has been tremendous, and can be attributed to the development programs delivered through the 13 member Branches of the CHA that assist with our international success."

"With this year's team we can see the increase in talented players, which is the result of the development programs at the Branch level and with the player's club teams," said Gaetan Robitaille, General Manager, Female High Performance Programs for the CHA. "With the addition this year of the Women's Under 22 program, 44 players gained valuable international experience, which we believe will assist us not only in this year's program, but will increase the talent base for upcoming players."

Jennifer Botterill and Hayley Wickenheiser of Calgary, AB, and Caroline Ouellette of Montreal, QC participated at the Under 22 women's NIKE Elite camp in August and the Under 22 tour of Switzerland and Germany in December.

"The coaching staff had to make some difficult decisions in selecting this year's roster, but we are confident heading into the World Championship that we have made the right decisions," said Daniele Sauvageau, Head Coach for Team Canada. "We are extremely fortunate as a nation to have the opportunity to choose from such a great talent pool of women's hockey players. Through our development programs, the future of young players is very promising."

TSN/RDS, the official broadcaster of the Canadian Hockey Association, will have coverage of the semi-final game on March 13 and final game of the Championship on March 14.

Canada has had success in International events in the 1990s, with the Women's, Junior and Men's World Championship and Olympic teams bringing home 20 medals, 14 of those gold, since 1990. The next closest nations are Sweden and Russia, who have each won 14 medals, and five of those gold.

The Women's World Championship is now played every year, with the exception of Olympic years. Women's hockey made it's debut as an Olympic sport at the 1998 Winter Olympic games in Nagano, Japan. Canada will be hosting the 2000 Women's World Championship in Mississauga, ON.

Details will be released shortly regarding an exhibition game that will be played in Southern Ontario between Canada and Team USA prior to the team's departure for Finland.

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