Golden Bears and Pandas contribute 10 to Team Canada

Golden Bears and Pandas contribute 10 to Team Canada

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The Evergreen and Gold contingent will spread out across Canada’s men’s and women’s hockey teams at the Winter Universiade Games, and on the official mission staff. Six student-athletes from the Golden Bears hockey team will suit up for Team Canada at the Games, which run from February 3-14, 2015, while a pair of Pandas hockey student-athletes will play for the Canadian women’s team. Also named to Canada’s official delegation are TJ Mussbacher, a leading member of the Golden Bears and Pandas varsity health team, and Matt Gutsch, who will serve as Team Canada’s Communications Officer.

The 27th biennial Games will run from Feb. 3-14, and Canada is the defending men’s and women’s hockey Universiade champions. In fact, Team Canada has captured four straight gold medals on the women’s side.

Pandas’ forwards Jessica Kampjes and Tess Houston will both wear the Red and White in an effort to help Canada defend its gold medal. Kampjes, a third-year winger from Sturgeon Country, Alberta, is a former Canada West Rookie of the Year, while Houston, who is originally from Winnipeg, has nine points this season, her fourth with the Pandas.

The Golden Bears who will don Team Canada sweaters are defencemen Jesse Craige and Jordan Rowley, as well as forwards Jordan Hickmott, T.J. Foster, Levko Koper, and Kruise Reddick. All were members of Alberta’s University Cup championship team last season.

Both Rowley and Craige are former All-Canadians and Canada West Defencemen of the Year award winners, while Rowley attended Edmonton Oilers’ training camp this past fall. Hickmott, who attended New York Rangers camp before joining the Bears, is currently second in points in CIS with 33 and first in goals with 16. Foster also has 33 points, and is second in CIS with four game-winning goals. Koper, a draft pick of the Atlanta Thrashers (2009, 7th round, 185th overall) and a Memorial Cup winner with the Spokane Chiefs, was the University Cup hero in 2014 when he scored a pair of goals, including one shorthanded, to lead Alberta to its 14th national championship trophy. Reddick was also key to that University Cup title win, as he returned from injury just days before the tournament began, and put up five points in three games to earn a spot on the University Cup All-Star team. He also serves as the Golden Bears captain.

Mussbacher, who will be attending his first ever Universiade Games, has been with the Golden Bears and Pandas varsity health team for five years after graduating from the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, and will serve on the men’s hockey varsity health team in Spain. Gutsch will be making his second tour with Team Canada, after previously serving on the communications team for the 2009 Summer Universiade Games in Belgrade, Serbia. He has worked in communications and media relations for Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics since 2002.