The Canadian ladies’s hockey staff has opened a 35-player camp in a Calgary “bubble.”
The 14-day camp is the primary bodily gathering of national-team gamers in months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hockey Canada invited 47 gamers to Calgary, however 12 will not take part due to faculty commitments “and other reasons,” the group mentioned Monday in an announcement.
Captain Marie-Philip Poulin, veteran forwards Natalie Spooner, Brianne Jenner and Laura Stacey and defenders Laura Fortino and Laurianne Rougeau have been among the many 35 who arrived Sunday in Calgary.
National staff gamers have skated and skilled this winter in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary hubs with entry to Hockey Canada abilities coaches.
“We recognize it has been a challenge for our players, coaches and support staff, but we have made tremendous gains through our resiliency and strength,” mentioned Gina Kingsbury, director of ladies’s nationwide groups with Hockey Canada.
“We stress to our athletes about controlling what they can, and that has been shown in their individual work, off-ice training, weekly ice sessions and staying committed through our virtual connections.”
Hockey Canada acquired clearance from the Alberta government to carry the camp, which is closed to the general public.
“We are able to hold our camp in a safe and secure bubble,” Kingsbury mentioned.
Postponements and invite course of
The 2020 ladies’s world hockey championship in Halifax and Truro, N.S., was postponed to April 7-17, 2021 due to the pandemic.
Twenty-two gamers named to the 2020 world roster have been invited to camp, in addition to 18 veterans of the squad that gained an Olympic silver medal in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018.
Seven video games in opposition to the U.S., together with a five-game Rivalry Series, has been Canada’s solely worldwide competitors since ending third within the 2019 world championship in Finland.
The 2019 Four Nations Cup in Sweden was cancelled due to a dispute between the host staff and its federation.
Troy Ryan of Spryfield, N.S., returns as Canada’s head coach for a second yr. Doug Derraugh, Kori Cheverie, former national-team participant Vicky Sunohara and goalie coach Brad Kirkwood are his assistants.
The reigning Olympic and world champion United States held an analysis camp Oct. 25-31 in Blaine, Minn.