TORONTO (January 11, 2022) – Hockey Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee have nominated 23 players to compete in women’s hockey at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
The athletes nominated includes three goaltenders, seven defencemen and thirteen forwards:
Kristen Campbell (Brandon, Man.)
Ann-Renée Desbiens (La Malbaie, Que.)
Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, Alta.)
Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ont.)
Ashton Bell (Deloraine, Man.)
Renata Fast (Burlington, Ont.)
Jocelyne Larocque (Ste. Anne, Man.)
Ella Shelton (Ingersoll, Ont.)
Claire Thompson (Toronto, Ont.)
Micah Zandee-Hart (Saanichton, B.C.)
Emily Clark (Saskatoon, Sask.)
Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que.)
Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, Ont.)
Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont.)
Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont.)
Emma Maltais (Burlington, Ont.)
Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont.)
Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que.)
Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont.)
Jill Saulnier (Halifax, N.S.)
Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont.)
Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont.)
Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton, N.S.)
Women’s hockey will take place February 2 to February 16 (Day -2 to 12) at the National Indoor Stadium and Wukesong Sports Centre. Canada will aim for its fifth gold medal overall and first since 2014 when it opens preliminary-round action against Switzerland on February 3.
Team Canada’s captain, Marie-Philip Poulin, who will participate in her fourth Olympic Winter Games, says she is looking forward to the tournament.
“Having the opportunity to go to the Olympics is a dream come true,” said Poulin. “It never gets old being able to represent your country at the highest level. I am extremely excited to wear the maple leaf with this group and to play for something so much bigger than ourselves.”
“Our women’s program has faced a number of challenges over this four-year Olympic cycle, and we have tackled the adversity without it distracting us from our goal of competing at the Olympics,” said Gina Kingsbury, Director of women’s national teams with Hockey Canada. “We are beyond proud of how our athletes and staff have remained connected and overcome each challenge. We are thrilled with the team that will represent Canada and cannot wait to travel to Beijing and compete for a gold medal.”
The Canadian women’s Olympic hockey team features 13 silver medallists from PyeongChang 2018, six gold medallists from Sochi 2014 and two players who captured gold on Canadian soil at Vancouver 2010.
“Congratulations to the women who will make up the 2022 women’s Olympic hockey team. Canada continues to be a leader in women’s hockey and the 2021 World Champions will go into Beijing wanting to show the world they continue to be number one in the world,” said Catriona Le May Doan, Team Canada’s Beijing 2022 Chef de Mission. “They have continued to inspire the next generation of young female players as we see the numbers grow in all communities across our country. The dream of representing the maple leaf on the women’s team continues to ignite that passion in young girls and our future generation will continue to shine bright. Going for gold in Beijing in our game will be celebrated nationwide.”
Prior to being named to Team Canada, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Selection Committee following its receipt of nominations by all National Sport Organizations.
Photo and story courtesy of the Canadian Olympic Committee.