OTTAWA - Women’s Sledge Hockey of Canada announced its 16- player national team for the 2015-2016 season.
The roster was finalized following a three-day selection camp at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex in Ottawa. The camp included two practices and two intra-squad games. Twenty-five players were in contention for the coveted sixteen spots. Four alternate players are included on the roster.
There are two goaltenders, six defensemen and eight forwards. Head coachTara Chisholm (Medicine Hat, AB) assembled the roster with support from assistant coach Derek Whitson (Chatham, ON), former coach Keith Metzger (Elmira, ON) and a group of independent evaluators.
The roster includes 10 players who helped Canada claim silver at the 2014 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey International Women’s Cup in Brampton, Ontario: Alanna Mah (Edmonton, AB), Ashley Goure (Chatham, ON), Christina Picton (Fonthill, ON), Claire Buchanan (Brampton,ON), Danica McPhee (Sudbury, ON), Geneva Coulter (Edmonton, AB), Jessie Gregory(Brantford, ON), Peggy Assinck (Vancouver, BC), Thea Hill (Surrey, BC) and Vanessa Racine (Saint-Jérôme, QC).
Two players originate from British Columbia with three from Alberta, seven from Ontario and four from Quebec.
The six new players are:Jessica Matasa (Windsor, ON), Mackenzie Spong, (London, ON), Myriam Adam (Chicoutimi, QC), Sarah Mickey (Redcliff, AB), Sophie Forest (Lavel, QC) and Véronique Major (Québec City, QC).
For more information on the Canadian Women’s Sledge Hockey Team and Women’s Sledge Hockey of Canada, please visit www.canadianwomensledgehockey.com and social media at twitter.com/@CSHWT and facebook.com/CSHWT.
WOMEN’S NATIONAL ICE SLEDGE HOCKEY TEAM (name, date of birth, hometown, club)
Sophie Forest, 02/06/1997, Laval, QC, Les Pirates de Montréal
Jessie Gregory, 08/24/1984, Brantford, ON, Niagara Thunderblades
Peggy Assinck, 05/08/1983, Vancouver, BC BC Eagles
Geneva Coulter, 01/01/1999, Edmonton, AB, Edmonton Impact
Ashley Goure, 07/06/1990, Chatham, ON, Windsor Ice Bullets
Thea Hill, 09/10/1981, Surrey, BC, BC Eagles
Sarah Mickey, 07/10/1998, Redcliff, AB, Medicine Hat Hockey Hounds
Mackenzie Spong, 09/28/2000, London, ON, London Blizzard
Myriam Adam, 07/11/1993, Chicoutimi, QC, Rive-Sud de Montréal
Claire Buchanan, 09/13/1987, Brampton, ON, Mississauga Cruisers
Alanna Mah, 09/17/1999, Edmonton, AB Edmonton Impact
Véronique Major, 12/31/1989, Québec City, QC Les Griffons
Jessica Matassa, 06/06/1986 Windsor, ON, Windsor Ice Bullets
Danica McPhee, 12/09/1989, Sudbury, ON, Mississauga Cruisers
Christina Picton, 04/06/1993, Fonthill, ON, Niagara Thunderblades
Vanessa Racine, 05/30/1991, Saint-Jérôme, QC, Hockey Luge Laval
Shawnie Snell, 10/04/1993, Corunna, ON, Sarnia Icehawks
Tuyet Yurczyszyn, 08/06/1966, Brantford, ON, Hamilton Sledgehammers
Nandini Sharma, 10/02/1997, Brampton, ON, Mississauga Cruisers
Samantha Helgeland, 07/31/1991, Edmonton, AB, Edmonton Impact
President, Women’s Sledge Hockey of Canada; Janice Coulter, Edmonton, AB
Head Coach: Tara Chisholm, Medicine Hat, AB
Assistant Coach: Derek Whitson, Chatham, ON
Equipment Manager/Goalie Coach: Kat Ferguson Ottawa, ON
Team Manager: Monica Sparling, Calgary, AB
Physiotherapist: Tracy Auld, Thunderbay, ON
Massage Therapist: Elizabeth, Williams Port Hope, ON
Physiotherapist: Katie Pauhl, Ottawa, ON