Two area athletes have been named to Canada’s National Women’s Team for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey Under-18 world championship set for March 23-30 in Budapest, Hungary.
Waterdown’s Laren Wildfang and Milton’s Victoria Back join the 22-player roster of two goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards. The roster features Karly Heffernan (Sherwood Park, Alta./Pursuit of Excellence, JWHL) and Hannah Miller (Vancouver, B.C./Okanagan Hockey Academy, JWHL), who return after winning a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in Heinola and Vierumäki, Finland, last January. The roster includes 21 players who were on Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team for a three-game series against the United States, which took place in Lake Placid, N.Y., last August. Canada won the series, earning victories in two of the three games at Herb Brooks Arena.
Wildfang, who turned 18 on February 6, is a defenceman for Toronto in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League. The 17-year-old Bach is a forward for Mississauga in the PWHL. Both players were members of the Ontario Red Team which took first place at the 2013 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Calgary. Bach was also on the Ontario Blue Gold medal team at the 2012 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Dawson Creek, B.C.
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team has been assembled by Melody Davidson, general manager of Canada’s National Women’s Team Programs, Hockey Canada’s team of scouts, along with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team head coach Laura Schuler (Scarborough, Ont./University of Minnesota Duluth, WCHA) and assistant coaches Jackie Friesen (Regina, Sask./University of Wisconsin, WCHA), Dwayne Gylywoychuk (Winnipeg, Man.) and Cassandra Turner (Campbellford, Ont./Quinnipiac University, ECAC).
Canada plays its first game at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship against Japan on Sunday, March 23 and will also take on Finland and the Czech Republic in the preliminary round. The gold medal game is scheduled for Sunday, March 30.