Calgary, Alta – On May 11, Canada’s National Women’s Team announced the selection of 28 players to be centralized in Calgary for the 2017-18 season in preparation for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Nine of the 28 selected played with the Calgary Inferno during the 2016-17 season. Players selected include goaltender Genevieve Lacasse, defence Brigette Lacquette and Meaghan Mikkelson and forwards Bailey Bram, Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Jillian Saulnier, and Blayre Turnbull.
“Being named to the centralization group is a huge honour and I am obviously extremely excited for this opportunity,” commented veteran defender Meaghan Mikkelson. “Being my third centralization, I hope that I am able put my experience to good use and help lead the group. With 28 players currently on our roster, we have an extremely strong and talented group heading into the year.”
When commenting on the work of connecting with fellow teammates Meaghan remarked: “I think a lot of the challenges we faced last season with the Inferno are similar to those that we face with the National Team. We need to be able to perform on demand and connect to get the job done, no matter the day or the circumstances. That will be no different heading into the centralization year. Obviously, playing and training together as a group here in Calgary was great last season with the Inferno, but with every team that you play on, the dynamic changes. We were fortunate to have our group here playing with the Inferno to push one another in our training to put us in a good position heading into next season.”
The team will take part in fitness testing in May and then start training together full time at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre in August.
“I have spent quite a bit of time reflecting on my game where it stands right now, and where it needs to be to earn a spot on the Olympic team and do everything I can to help the team win. I am working to get stronger physically, but also on working on different parts of my game on the ice, including vision, decision making, and deception,” added Meaghan about her training plans.
The centralization camp will evaluate the 28 players and the final select 23 will wear the maple leaf in South Korea.
Canada’s National Women’s Team also announced that goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer will remain with the Inferno during the 2017-18 season, though will be available to support the centralization roster.
For Hockey Canada’s full release: https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/news/2017-18-nwt-28-players-to-centralize-ahead-of-olympics