Poulin, Sz­aba­dos lead Canada into Four Na­tions Cup

The Sun Times (Owen Sound) - - SPORTS -

CAL­GARY — Marie Philip-Poulin and vet­eran goal­tender Shan­non Sz­aba­dos head­line Canada’s ros­ter for the Four Na­tions Cup women’s hockey tour­na­ment.

Poulin and Sz­aba­dos were among 23 play­ers named Thurs­day to the team that will com­pete Nov. 6-10 against the United States, Fin­land and Swe­den in Saska­toon, Sask.

Perry Pearn, who was an as­sis­tant coach for sev­eral NHL teams from 1995 to 2017, was an­nounced as head coach.

Canada’s team was cho­sen from 59 play­ers who at­tended a Septem­ber camp in Daw­son Creek, B.C.

Four­teen play­ers who won an Olympic sil­ver medal in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in Fe­bru­ary, will don the Maple Leaf again in Saska­toon.

“This will be a good test for our play­ers and pro­gram as we en­ter into a new four-year cy­cle lead­ing into the next Olympics,” said Hockey Canada di­rec­tor of women’s teams Gina Kings­bury in a state­ment.

Canada has won gold 14 times at the an­nual Four Na­tions since the first tour­na­ment in 1996, but lost in the fi­nal to the U.S. the last three years.

“We have a com­mit­ted and de­ter­mined group of play­ers look­ing to es­tab­lish them­selves as the top hockey na­tion among the best na­tions in the world,” Kings­bury said.

“The Four Na­tions Cup in Saska­toon will be an im­por­tant mea­sur­ing stick for us this sea­son and lead­ing into the IIHF women’s world cham­pi­onship next April.”

Goal­tender Shea Ti­ley of Shal­low Lake, Ont., de­fend­ers Jaime Bour­bon­nais of Mis­sis­sauga, Ont., and Kate­lyn Gosling of Lon­don, Ont., and for­wards Sarah Filier of Ge­orge­town, Ont., and Loren Ga­bel of Kitch­ener, Ont., will make their Four Na­tions de­buts.

Pearn served as an as­sis­tant coach for the Ot­tawa Se­na­tors, New York Rangers, Mon­treal Cana­di­ens, Van­cou­ver Canucks and twice for the Win­nipeg Jets.

His as­sis­tant coaches in Saska­toon will be four-time Olympian Caro­line Ouel­lette of Mon­treal, Doug Der­raugh of Arn­prior, Ont., and Troy Ryan of Spry­field, N.S. The Cana­dian Press

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILES

Vet­eran goal­tender Shan­non Sz­aba­dos, pic­tured, and Marie Philip-Poulin head­line Canada’s ros­ter for the Four Na­tions Cup women’s hockey tour­na­ment.

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