Twenty-eight CWHL Players to Train with American and Canadian Teams for Sochi 2014

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. ??? The CWHL is excited to acknowledge that 28 of its players will be training with Canada?۪s National Women?۪s Team and the U.S. Women?۪s National Team throughout the 2013-14 season, in preparation for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

In total, 18 players will centralize with Canada?۪s National Women?۪s Team and train out of Hockey Canada?۪s home arena, the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alta., while 10 players will work with the U.S. Women?۪s National Team, primarily based at The Edge Sports Centre in Bedford, Mass.

???We are incredibly proud of the players from our league that have been called on to represent their countries in preparation for the Olympic Winter Games,?۝ CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress said. ???These women are both talented athletes and wonderful role models, and we wish them all the best of luck as they travel the road to Sochi, Russia.?۝

Here is a breakdown of CWHL named to Canada?۪s National Women?۪s Team for the 2013-14 season:

  • Meghan Agosta-Marciano (Ruthven, Ont./Montr̩al Stars)
  • Gillian Apps (Unionville, Ont./Brampton Thunder)
  • Vicki Bendus (Wasaga Beach, Ont./Brampton Thunder)
  • Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ont./Brampton Thunder)
  • Tessa Bonhomme (Sudbury, Ont./Toronto Furies)
  • Bailey Bram (Ste. Anne, Man./Brampton Thunder)
  • Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./Toronto Furies)
  • Jayna Hefford (Brampton, Ont./Brampton Thunder)
  • Haley Irwin (Thunder Bay, Ont./Montr̩al Stars)
  • Charline Labont̩ (Boisbriand, Que./Montr̩al Stars)
  • Genevi̬ve Lacasse (Kingston, Ont./Boston Blades)
  • Jocelyne Larocque (Ste. Anne, Man./Alberta Hockey Club)
  • Meaghan Mikkelson (St. Albert, Alta./Alberta Hockey Club)
  • Caroline Ouellette (Montr̩al, Que./Montr̩al Stars)
  • Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont./Toronto Furies)
  • Jennifer Wakefield (Pickering, Ont./Toronto Furies)
  • Catherine Ward (Montr̩al, Que./Montr̩al Stars)
  • Tara Watchorn (Newcastle, Ont./Alberta Hockey Club)

Please CLICK HERE for the full 2013-14 Canada?۪s National Women?۪s Team roster, and for more information please visit www.HockeyCanada.ca.

Here is a breakdown of CWHL players named to the U.S. Women?۪s National Team for the 2013-14 season:

  • Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass./Boston Blades)
  • Kate Buesser (Wolfeboro, N.H./Boston Blades)
  • Julie Chu (Fairfield, Conn./Montr̩al Stars)
  • Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass./Boston Blades)
  • Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho/Boston Blades)
  • Gigi Marvin (Warroad, Minn./Boston Blades)
  • Brianne McLaughlin (Sheffield Village, Ohio/Brampton Thunder)
  • Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass./Boston Blades)
  • Anne Schleper (St. Cloud, Minn./Boston Blades)
  • Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio/Boston Blades)

Please CLICK HERE for the full 2013-14 U.S. Women?۪s National Team roster, and for more information please visit www.USAHockey.com.

Both Hockey Canada and USA Hockey will announce final rosters to be nominated to their respective national Olympic teams midway through the 2013-14 season, for competition in Sochi, Russia, next February.

About the Canadian Women?۪s Hockey League (CWHL)
The CWHL is the most premier, professionally run women’s hockey league in the world. It enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment and motivation. The league is centrally funded, with all participating teams in the CWHL receiving equal access to financial support and given the same opportunities to succeed. The CWHL is a not-for-profit organization, with every dollar going towards building a league that is dedicated to raising the profile of women’s hockey, providing a place for the best female players in the world to compete and inspiring the next generation of female hockey heroines. Since the CWHL?۪s inception in 2007, each hockey season has culminated in an exciting play-off round in which the top teams face off for the Clarkson Cup, named after former Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson.

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For more information, please contact:
CWHL Commissioner Brenda Andress
(647) 278-6515 [email protected]