DMITROV, Russia –
Five players have been selected as the Canada’s National Women’s Under-18
Team leadership group for the 2018 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship,
Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, Ont./Oakville,
PWHL) will wear the ‘C’, along with Zoe Boyd
(Caledon, Ont./Mississauga, PWHL), Brooke McQuigge (Bowmanville,
Ont./Whitby, PWHL), Audrey-Anne Veillette (Drummondville, Que./Stanstead
College, NAPHA), and Courtney Vorster (Richmond, B.C./Shattuck-St. Mary’s,
USHS), who will rotate as alternate captains.
“This leadership group is made up of experienced returning players and
overall strong leaders, and we are very proud of the way they have
conducted themselves through the various Hockey Canada events,” said head
coach Delaney Collins. “We have a very talented group of players, and the leadership these
athletes bring has created a solid team culture heading into the 2018 IIHF U18
Women’s World Championship here in Dmitrov, Russia.”
Fillier, McQuigge, Veillette and Vorster competed for Canada at the 2017
IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, capturing silver, while Boyd and
Fillier were on Team Ontario Red that won the 2017 National Women’s
Under-18 Championship in Quebec City in November. All five players were part
of a three-game series in Lake Placid, N.Y., where Canada faced the United
States last August.
Canada will open its 2018 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship against the
host Russians on Jan. 6 at 7:30 a.m. ET/4:30 a.m. PT. The
schedule also has the Canadians facing Sweden and the United States in preliminary-round
action, Jan. 7 and 9 respectively, before the tournament culminates with
the gold-medal game at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT on Saturday, Jan. 13.
Canada will be looking to secure its first gold medal at the
IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship since 2014, having won gold four times
(2010, 2012, 2013, 2014), and silver six times since the event’s
inception in 2008.