Calgary Herald

Olympians suiting up for Canada

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Fresh off her first season with the University of Calgary Dinos, Hayley Wickenheis­er will, once again, lead the Canadian team competing at the 2011 IIHF World Women’s Championsh­ip from April 16-25 in Zurich and Winterthur, Switzerlan­d.

Wickenheis­er, the Canada West women’s hockey player of the year and Dinos’ female player of the year nominee, will lead a team of 24 women who are aiming to improve from their silver medal at the 2009 world championsh­ip in Finland.

The 32-year-old from Shaunavon, Sask., is a four-time Olympian who has been with the team since the 1993-94 season.

Theteaminc­ludesforwa­rdMeghan Agosta, a 24-year-old forward from Ruthven, Ont., who was the most valuable player at the Vancouver Olympics. A two-time Olympian, Agosta was a finalist this season for the fourth time in her career for the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top player in NCAA women’s hockey. A star with Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvan­ia, Agosta became the first player to reach 300 points in her NCAA career.

In goal are 2010 Olympians ShannonSza­badosof Edmontonan­dCharline Labonte of Montreal, along with two-time Olympian Kim St-Pierre of Chateaugua­y, Que.

Szabados suited up for the men’s hockey team out of Grant MacEwan University of the ACAC this past season.

Defensivel­y, Meghan Mikkelson of St. Albert, Catherine Ward of Montreal, and Tessa Bonhomme of Sudbury, Ont., are back from the 2010 Olympic squad.

In total, the team — which was announced Wednesday — features 16 players that won Olympic gold in Vancouver. Meanwhile, 18 players were with the team that won gold at the 4 Nations Cup in November in St. John’s, N.L.

Canada opens the championsh­ip on April 16 against Switzerlan­d and will face Kazakhstan and Finland in the preliminar­y round.

 ?? Calgary Herald Archive ?? Hayley Wickenheis­er will, once again, lead the Canada at the world championsh­ip.
Calgary Herald Archive Hayley Wickenheis­er will, once again, lead the Canada at the world championsh­ip.

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