44 players have been invited by Hockey Canada to the 2016 fall festival, the first step on the road to naming the country’s national team roster for the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship.
The camp will feature the group split into two teams playing eight games over a seven-day period at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alberta.
— Team Canada Women (@HC_Women) September 6, 2016
All 44 players will play with an eye toward impressing the national team staff including coaches Laura Schuler, Dwayne Gylywoychuk and Troy Ryan, as well as general manager Melody Davidson.
“The Fall Festival is a critical touchpoint for the players in our program as they come together for the first time on the ice this season with our coaching staff,” said Davidson in a statement. “These 44 players have worked hard to earn their invites and this is a great opportunity for them to show if they have what it takes to represent Canada at the senior level on the international stage throughout the 2016-17 season.”
22 of the players hitting camp won silver with Canada at the 2016 World Championship and 16 were on the gold medal-winning national team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. 31 players slated to attend camp are expected to suit up for teams in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL).
Full Camp Roster Below:
Charline Labonté (not attending camp)
Jamie Lee Rattray
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