MADISON (PRESS RELEASE) - Hockey Canada announced Saturday that Mallory Deluce and Stefanie McKeough have been selected for Canada's National Women's Under-22 Team. The 23-player roster will take part in a three-game series against Canada's National Women's Team from August 17-20 at Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary.
Deluce, a London, Ontario native, returns after playing on Canada's National Women's Under-22 Team during the 2008-09 season. Deluce, a junior forward at UW, helped the Badgers to the 2009 NCAA title scoring 12 goals and tallying 20 assists. McKeough, an incoming freshman at UW, won a silver medal with Canada's National Women's Under-18 Team at the 2009 IIHF World Women's Under-18 Championship in Fussen, Germany. McKeough, a defenseman, joins the Badgers from Carlsbad Springs, Ontario, after playing for the Ottawa Capitals.
Canada's roster was selected following a seven-day camp from August 6-14 in Calgary, attended by 41 of the top under-22 female hockey players in Canada, including six Badgers (Mallory Deluce, Brittany Haverstock, Stefanie McKeough, Breann Frykas, Saige Pacholok and Carolyne Prevost). The camp included games between two Canadian teams - Red and White - and Sweden's national women's team.
The 23 players - three goaltenders, eight defensemen and 12 forwards - were selected by head coach Margot Page (Stevensville, Ont./Appleby College, Can. HS) and assistant coaches Jim Fetter (Waterloo, Ont./Wayne State University, CHA) and Stephanie White (Toronto, Ont./Ryerson University, GBWHL).
"The selection camp held in Calgary was incredibly competitive, which made selecting a team extremely difficult," said National Women's Under-22 Team head coach Margot Page. "We are confident the 23 players we have chosen will represent themselves and the under-22 program well and we are looking forward to three exciting games against Canada's National Women's Team."
The 2009-10 season for Canada's National Women's Under-22 Team will include the three-game series against Canada's National Women's Team in Calgary from August 17-20, as well as the 2010 MLP Cup in Germany in early January. The roster announced Saturday will not be Canada's team for the 2010 MLP Cup. Player evaluations will continue during the early months of the 2009-10 season, and a final roster will be named in December.