Calgary Inferno Announce 2018-19 Team Selection

Calgary, AB – Sept. 25, 2018 – After an intense week at training camp the Calgary Inferno have selected their roster for the upcoming Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) season. Calgary’s first puck drop will be October 13 in Montreal, with the home opener against KRS Vanke Rays (China) on October 20.

Calgary has a change in the roster from last season with only 15 players returning from previous seasons and the rest as new additions to the team. The all-star line-up includes a number of Olympians from PyeongChang including: three members of the US gold medal team (Bellamy, Decker and Rigsby), four members of the Canadian silver medal team (Jenner, Johnston, Lacquette and Turnbull), one member of the Finnish bronze medal team (Hovi) and one member of Team Japan (Mizukami).

“The Inferno try outs were competitive and making selections was difficult. The coaches have selected 25 great players to make up the new 2018-19 Inferno team and tomorrow we take our first step forward together,” remarked head coach Shannon Miller. “We have what it takes for greatness, and it’s going to be an exciting season.”

Defense
Kacey Bellamy
Katelyn Gosling
Tori Hickel
Halli Krzyzaniak
Brigette Lacquette
Aina Mizukami (Takeuchi)
Kelly Murray

Forwards
Kelty Apperson
Brianna Decker
Laura Dostaler
Zoe Hickel
Venla Hovi
Brianne Jenner
Rebecca Johnston
Rhianna Kurio
Erica Kromm
Rebecca Leslie
Eden Murray
Blayre Turnbull
Louise Warren
Kaitlin Willoughby
Dakota Woodworth

Goaltenders
Annie Belanger
Lindsey Post
Alex Rigsby

The Calgary Inferno would like to recognize the contributions from all players including those who will not return with the team this season. Hayleigh Cudmore, Megan Grenon and Elana Lovell have been dedicated to community involvement and promoting women’s sport during their tenure with the Inferno. Cudmore and Lovell were part of the 2016 Clarkson Cup championship team. Lovell was named the 2016 CWHL Rookie of the Year. Cudmore’s contributions off the ice include serving on the CWHL Player’s Association for the past four seasons, including a role as co-chair of the Association in 2017-18.

In addition, one of the Inferno’s top scorers from the past two seasons, Iya Gavrilova, is taking the season off to recover after tearing her ACL in the final game of the playoffs last season against Kunlun (now KRS Vanke Rays). She had surgery on August 24 and is now on a six to nine month recovery period.

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