By Scott Taylor
Five Manitoba women are currently working out with Hockey Canada’s two national development teams.
Defenseman Halli Krzyzaniak from Neepawa and forward Ryleigh Houston from Winnipeg are working out with Canada’s National Development (U-22) Team while goaltenders Kerigan Dowhy from The Pas and Corinne Schroeder from Elm Creek and forward Ashton Bell from Deloraine are in attendance at the National U-18 camp.
Brandon’s Ashleigh Brykaliuk was invited to the U-22 camp, but was unable to attend.
In total, there are 43 young women at the National U-18 camp while there are 36 at the National U-22 camp. Six players, including Brykaliuk, were invited to the national U-22 camp, but for various reasons declined the invitations.
From Aug. 5-14, the 37 players at the U-22 camp will be split into two teams, Red and White, and participate in several practices and intra-squad games, as well as off-ice dryland training, fitness testing, and classroom sessions.
Canada’s National Women’s Development Team selection camp will also include Sweden’s national women’s team, and a select team of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) players who will be aiming to represent Canada at the 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in January. Included in the CIS group are U of M Bisons’ Erica Reider (Regina) and Alanna Sharman (Winnipeg) and Killarney’s Jaycee Magwood, who plays at the University of Regina.Of the 42 players invited to selection camp and the 22 members of the select CIS team, 23 players will be selected to play for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team in a three-game series against the United States, Aug. 17-20 in Calgary.
Following the series, Hockey Canada scouts, along with the team’s coaching staff, will continue to evaluate players with their club teams during the 2016-17 season, in preparation for selecting the Canadian team that will compete at the 2017 Nations Cup in Germany next January, as well as for possible invitations to camps and events with Canada’s National Women’s Team.
From Aug. 7-14, the U-18 team will be split into two teams, Blue and Gold, which will participate in several practices and three intra-squad games, as well as off-ice dryland training, fitness testing and classroom sessions.
Of the 43 players invited to selection camp, 23 will be selected to play for Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team in a three-game series against the United States, Aug. 18-21 in Calgary.
Following the series, Hockey Canada scouts, along with the team’s coaching staff, will continue to evaluate players with their provincial and club teams during the 2016-17 season, including at the 2016 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Regina from Nov. 9-13, in preparation for selecting the Canadian team that will compete at the 2017 IIHF U-18 Women’s World Championship, Jan. 7-14, 2017, in Prerov and Zlin, Czech Republic.
Players from both teams are also eligible to be selected for Canada’s National Women’s Team senior events throughout the 2016-17 season. Krzyzaniak, for example, is already a member of the National Women’s Team.
Krzyzaniak is the captain of the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux while Houston, a graduate of Balmoral Hall, is entering her freshman year at UND. Dowhy plays Triple A midget for Interlake, Schroeder is the goaltender at Balmoral Hall and Bell plays Triple A Midget for Westman.