Hockey Canada’s 22-player roster which will play for the National Women’s Under-18 Team in a three-game series against the United States’ Women’s Under-18 National Team from Thursday, Aug. 16 to Sunday, Aug. 19 in Blaine, Minn., includes two Oakville athletes.
Kristyn Capizzano who plays in Mississauga and Sydney McKibbon, a member of Stoney Creek’s entry in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League, along with 11other forwards, seven defencemen and two goaltenders were chosen following Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp held Aug. 3-11 at Hockey Canada’s home rink, the WinSport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex, in Calgary.
Capizzano will be one of Team Canada’s two alternate captains.
Hockey Canada also announced Sunday that Emily Clark (Saskatoon) will serve as captain of the team, while Halli Krzyzaniak (Neepawa, Man) will be the second alternate captain for the U.S. series.
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team features five players who won the gold medal with the team at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in Zlin, Czech Republic in January, including Capizzano, who also won the gold medal with Ontario Red at the 2011 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Saguenay, Que., last November.
Following the series, Hockey Canada scouts, along with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team coaching staff, will continue to evaluate players with their club teams during the 2012-13 season, in preparation for selecting the Canadian contingent that will compete at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in Vierumäki, Finland next January.