Monday, July 23, 2012
Hockey Canada announced July 17, 2012 a list of 40 players invited to attend the Women’s U18 Team Selection Camp. The camp will be held August 2-14 at the WinSport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex in Calgary.
The six BC Players invited to attend are goaltenders Kimberley Newell (Burnaby, BC) and Michaela Logan (North Vancouver, BC), defenseman Samantha Fieseler (West Kelowna, BC) and Alexa Ranahan (Salmon Arm, BC), forwards Hannah Miller (North Vancouver) and Jesse Keca (Kelowna, BC). They are among the 4 goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 24 forwards invited to the camp. Invitations were based on performance at Canada’s Nationals Women’s Program Strength and Conditioning camp held in May, as well as evaluation by Hockey Canada scouts during the 2011-2012 season.
The Under 18 Selection Camp will run in conjunction with the National Women’s Under 22/Development Team Selection Camp. Players will be split into two teams, Red and White and will participate in a number of practices and games, including games against national teams from Kazakhstan and Norway.
Following the selection camp, 22 players will be selected to compete in a three-game series against the United States’ Women’s Under-18 Select Team August 16-19 in Blaine, Minn. Players will be evaluated throughout the 2012-2013 season by Hockey Canada scouts and the team’s coaching staff before the final Team Canada selections are made. The Under 18 Team Canada will compete in the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in Vierumäki,Finland in January.
All six players have been involved with the BC Hockey High Performance program. Newel, Fieseler, Ranahan, Miller and Keca are previous Team BC Players while Logan, Fieseler, Ranahan, Miller and Keca will be attending the Team BC Summer Camp in Salmon Arm, BC July 25-29.
The Female High Performance Program was established to identify and train athletes for Provincial, National and International events. There are Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 components of the Female High Performance Program. The program plays a valuable role in delivering a message of the skills, attitude and dedication expected of a High Performance athlete and allows athletes who possess these skills to be identified in a systematic way.
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