Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday the 28 women that will centralize next season in preparation for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
As one has come to expect from Canada in international competition, it’s a talented, experienced roster that inexplicably excludes Daryl Watts.
Four players with current NCAA eligibility were selected to centralize with the team. Minnesota Duluth’s Ashton Bell was selected among the nine defensemen competing for a roster spot. While Princeton’s Sarah Fillier, St. Lawrence’s Julia Gosling, and Ohio State’s Emma Maltais were among the 16 forwards selected.
This group will meet at the end of July and prepare for the 2021 World Championships, which were pushed back late-August due to the ongoing pandemic. After the World Championships, the group will continue training for the Olympics with exhibitions games against the United States, AJHL teams, and possibly Finland.