Canada unveils women's Olympic hockey roster

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The Canadian women's Olympic hockey team has been finalized.

 

The 21-player roster comprises a dozen players who helped Canada win gold at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, including Hayley Wickenheiser, Jayna Heffford and Caroline Ouellette

 

Forwards Vicki Bendus and Bailey Bram and defenceman Courtney Birchard were released.

 

Twenty-seven players were invited to try out for the team and began training full-time in Calgary in August.

 

The team recently had a coaching change. Former NHL player and coach Kevin Dineen stepped in last week when Dan Church abruptly resigned.

 

Canada will play the U.S. in exhibition games Saturday in Minnesota and again next Monday in Toronto.

 

 

Goaltenders

 

Shannon Szabados, Edmonton; Genevieve Lacasse, Kingston, Ont., Charline Labonte, Boisbriand, Que.

 

Defencemen

 

Jocelyne Larocque, Ste. Anne, Man.; Lauriane Rougeau, Beaconsfield, Que.; Laura Fortino, Hamilton, Ont.; Meaghan Mikkelson, St. Albert, Alta.; Catherine Ward, Montreal; Tara Watchorn, Newcastle, Ont.

 

Forwards

 

Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Ruthven, Ont.; Rebecca Johnston, Sudbury, Ont.; Jennifer Wakefield, Pickering, Ont.; Gillian Apps, Unionville, Ont.; Caroline Ouellette, Montreal, Que.; Melodie Daoust, Valleyfield, Que.; Jayna Hefford, Kingston, Ont.; Brianne Jenner, Oakville, Ont.; Haley Irwin, Thunder Bay, Ont.; Hayley Wickenheiser, Shaunavon, Sask.; Natalie Spooner, Toronto; Marie-Philip Poulin, Beauceville, Que.

 

Head coach: Kevin Dineen, Toronto.

Assistant coaches: Danielle Goyette, St. Nazaire, Que., Lisa Haley, Westville, N.S.

Organizations: NHL, Dan Church

Geographic location: Canada, Kingston, Vancouver Montreal Calgary U.S. Toronto Minnesota Toronto.GoaltendersShannon Szabados Edmonton Hamilton Newcastle Ruthven Sudbury Pickering Unionville Valleyfield Oakville Thunder Bay Shaunavon Sask. Nazaire Westville

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