Calgary, Alta (August 20) – The Calgary Inferno continue to build this off-season as they announce the return of Olympic players who were in PyeongChang during last year’s Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) season.
Four members of the silver medal Team Canada will return including Brigette Lacquette on defense and forwards Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, and Blayre Turnbull. Jenner and Turnbull suited up in the final four games of the 2017-18 regular season.
The players had a big impact on Canada’s Olympic showing and will be a welcome addition to the Inferno roster. Johnston scored three goals and ended the Olympics with five points, Lacquette recorded one assist, Jenner, an alternate captain for Canada, had two assists, and Turnbull had three assists.
Jenner will be entering her fourth season with the team and led the team as captain and in scoring in the 2016-17 season with 27 points. Johnston and Turnbull weren’t far behind with 22 and 18 points respectively.
“Being a part of the inferno organization is a great source of pride for me. I can’t wait to return with the club in the fall,” stated Jenner. “This summer I’ve been based in Calgary and training with my Inferno teammates that live here. I’m looking forward to September and getting the whole team together. I think we have a great opportunity to challenge for the Clarkson Cup this year and I just can’t wait to get going!”
The Inferno are also pleased to welcome back Aina Takeuchi on defense who represented Team Japan in the Olympics. Japan had close matches against Switzerland and Sweden and beat Korea in the tournament. They couldn’t get past Switzerland in the final match and finished in sixth place. Aina was part of the 2016 Inferno squad that won the Clarkson Cup and is entering her fourth season with the team after taking a break last year to train for the Olympics.
There is no set time for the other three Inferno Olympians, Haley Irwin, Bailey Bram and Meaghan Mikkelson to return to the ice. Irwin and Bram are taking some time off following the Olympics and will remain on the reserve roster but will not start the season with the Inferno. Mikkelson is taking time off to have her second child and will not start the season with the team.
The Inferno would also like to announce the departures for some players from the 2017-18 season: Kennedy Brown will be leaving to attend the University of Saskatchewan, and Sophie Shirley will be leaving to attend the University of Wisconsin. Defender Brittney Fouracres and goaltender Toni Ross will both be focusing on their careers outside of Calgary.