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Canadian women’s hockey team opens camp ahead of Halifax world championship

Canada forward Marie-Philip Poulin, left, and defence Laura Fortino celebrate a goal against Sweden during the second period of 2018 Four Nations Cup. (Liam Richards/CP)

HALIFAX — The Canadian women’s hockey team opened a camp Monday in Halifax, which is co-hosting the upcoming world championship.

Hockey Canada invited 35 players to participate in the seven-day camp closed to the public and media at Scotiabank Centre.

The women are training under restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a limit of 25 players on the ice at one time.

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“They will continue to follow strict COVID-19 testing as per team health and safety protocols that have been detailed and approved by Nova Scotia Public Health,” Hockey Canada said Monday in a statement.

The women’s world hockey championship is scheduled for April 7-17 in Halifax and Truro, N.S., and replaces the 2020 tournament cancelled because of the pandemic.

“We are grateful to government officials and health authorities in Nova Scotia and Canadian Sports Center Atlantic who worked with us to ensure we are able to hold this camp in a safe and secure environment,” said Gina Kingsbury, director of women’s national teams with Hockey Canada.

“Health and safety remain our priorities, and with the few chances we have had to get together as a team, this camp is important to our season.”

The women had a January camp in Calgary, which was the first gathering of the national team since March of 2020.

Goaltenders
Kristen Campbell
Ann-Renée Desbiens
Genevîeve Lacasse
Emerance Maschmeyer
Kassidy Sauvé
Shea Tiley

Defence
Erin Ambrose
Jaime Bourbonnais
Renata Fast
Laura Fortino
Brigette Lacquette
Jocelyne Larocque
Meaghan Mikkelson
Lauriane Rougeau
Ella Shelton
Claire Thompson

Forwards
Victoria Bach
Ann-Sophie Bettez
Emily Clark
Mélodie Daoust
Jessie Eldridge
Sarah Fillier
Loren Gabel
Brianne Jenner
Rebecca Johnston
Rebecca Leslie
Kristin O’Neill
Sarah Nurse
Sarah Potomak
Marie-Philip Poulin
Jamie Lee Rattray
Jillian Saulnier
Natalie Spooner
Laura Stacey
Blayre Turnbull