2017 Winter Universiade: Canadian women’s hockey team announced

2017 Winter Universiade: Canadian women’s hockey team announced

CIS Communications

TORONTO – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Friday the women’s hockey roster for the 2017 Winter Universiade, set for Jan. 29 – Feb. 8 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Almaty 2017 Website: http://almaty2017.com/  

Team Canada Website: http://en.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2017/index

Canada will be looking to reclaim the gold medal, after falling to Russia 3-0 in the 2015 championship game in Granada, Spain. The loss marked the first time the Canadians hadn’t won the event since women’s hockey’s debut at the FISU Games in Harbin, China in 2009. 

The 22-player roster features 20 members who skated for Team CIS at Hockey Canada’s Women’s Development Camp in August. Eight players come from the Canada West conference, along with seven from OUA, five from the RSEQ and two from AUS. The defending national champion Montreal Carabins lead the way with four selections. 

Canada will compete in Group A alongside China, Great Britain and host Kazakhstan. Group B consists of the defending champion Russia, Japan and the United States. 

Returning from the 2015 Universiade squad, former Western defenceman Katelyn Gosling headlines the roster. Gosling, a CIS champion with the Mustangs two seasons ago, took part in Hockey Canada’s Fall Festival with the women’s national team after being drafted over the summer by the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s (CWHL) Calgary Inferno. 

Adding to the leadership core is Guelph goaltender Valerie Lamenta, the reigning CIS player of the year. Lamenta will share the crease with Waterloo’s Stephanie Sluys 

On the blueline, Gosling is joined by Mustangs teammate Brianna Iazzolino, Guelph’s Katherine Bailey, Montreal’s Maude Laramée, Regina’s Alexis Larson, UBC’s Kelly Murray, and Manitoba’s Erica Rieder. 

Up front, Canada will be led by Montreal’s Alexandra Labelle, who scored a hat-trick in the CIS championship game last spring. The offence also includes fellow CarabinsCatherine Dubois and Jessica Cormier, St. Thomas’ Kelty Apperson, Ottawa’s Melodie Bouchard, Regina’s Kylie Gavelin and Jaycee Magwood, Guelph’s Kelly Gribbons, Waterloo’s Rachel Marriott, StFX’s Daley Oddy, Manitoba’s Alanna Sharman, Alberta’s Alex Poznikoff, and Saskatchewan’s Kaitlin Willoughby. 

Behind the bench, University of Guelph head coach Rachel Flanagan, who made the selections following development camp, will be accompanied by team leader and video coach Rick Traugott, assistant coaches Kelly Paton (Western) and Shaun Reagan (Waterloo), equipment manager Jean Huynh (McGill), and therapist Natalie Paladino(Windsor). 

“We are very excited about the team that has been selected to compete at this event,” said Flanagan. “We have a character group of athletes that are skilled, fast and competitive and have our sights set on reclaiming the women’s hockey gold in Kazakhstan.”

 

TEAM CANADA ROSTER 

Goaltenders 

Name

University

Eligibility

Hometown

Academics

Valerie Lamenta

Guelph

3

Montreal, Que.

Mechanical Engineering

Stephanie Sluys

Waterloo

3

Clinton, Ont.

Kinesiology

 

Defence

 

Name

University

Eligibility

Hometown

Academics

Katherine Bailey

Guelph

3

Lucan, Ont.

Child, Youth & Family

Katelyn Gosling

Western

N/A

London, Ont

Social Science

Brianna Iazzolino

Western

5

Thunder Bay, Ont.

Nursing

Maude Laramée

Montreal

4

Gatineau, Que.

Arts & Sciences

Alexis Larson

Regina

5

Weyburn, Sask.

Nursing

Kelly Murray

UBC

5

Medicine Hat, Alta.

Arts

Erica Rieder

Manitoba

3

Regina, Sask.

Arts

 

Forwards

 

Name

University

Eligibility

Hometown

Academics

Kelty Apperson

St. Thomas

5

New Hamburg, Ont.

Arts

Melodie Bouchard

Ottawa

2

Sept-Iles, Que.

Education

Jessica Cormier

Montreal

3

Cap-aux-Meules, Que.

Administration

Catherine Dubois

Montreal

2

Charlesbourg, Que.

Arts & Science

Kylie Gavelin

Regina

5

Mankota, Sask.

Arts

Kelly Gribbons

Guelph

4

Port Elgin, Ont.

Engineering Systems & Computing

Alexandra Labelle

Montreal

2

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que

Anthropology

Jaycee Magwood

Regina

2

Killarney, Man.

Kinesiology & Health

Rachel Marriott

Waterloo

4

Waterloo, Ont.

Recreation & Leisure

Daley Oddy

StFX

4

Cranbrook, B.C.

Human Kinetics

Alex Poznikoff

Alberta

2

Edmonton, Alta.

Physical Education

Alanna Sharman

Manitoba

3

Winnipeg, Man.

Business

Kaitlin Willoughby

Saskatchewan

4

Prince Albert, Sask.

Arts & Science

  

Team Leader/Video Coach: Rick Traugott

Head Coach: Rachel Flanagan (University of Guelph)

Assistant Coach: Kelly Paton (Western University)

Assistant Coach: Shaun Reagan (University of Waterloo)

Equipment Manager: Jean Huynh (McGill University)

Therapist: Natalie Paladino (University of Windsor)

 

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