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 / / Staff Personnel: Vice-President, Hockey Tom Renney General Manager, Women's High Gaëtan Robitaille Performance: 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
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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