Women's Team Canada (5)
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Monday, June 3, 2013
FOUR CWHL PLAYERS TO REPRESENT CANADA AT ISBHF WORLD WOMEN BALL HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – The Canadian Women’s Hockey League is excited to congratulate four of its players on being named to Canada’s National Women’s Ball Hockey Team.
The Brampton Thunder’s Mallory Johnston of Chatham, Ont.; the Alberta Hockey Club’s Chelsea Purcell of Hudson Bay, Sask.; along with the Toronto Furies’ Jenny Brine of Truro, N.S., and Bitni Smith of Port Perry, Ont., are headed to St. John’s, N.L., from Tuesday, June 4 through Sunday, June 9 to represent their country at the 2013 International Street and Ball Hockey Federation World Women Ball Hockey Championships.
Team Canada is looking for its third gold medal at this year’s women’s world championship, which is the fourth time the event has been held since its inception in 2007. This also marks the first time Canada has hosted the event. Canada won gold medals at the 2007 worlds in Dusseldorf, Germany, and the 2009 worlds in Pilsen, Czech Republic. The red and white claimed the silver medal at the 2011 worlds in Bratislava, Slovakia.
“We are so proud of these four extremely talented athletes for not just being incredible representatives of our league, but for representing our country on the world stage,” CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress said. “We wish them the best of luck as they go for gold with Team Canada this coming week in Newfoundland.”
“We’re thrilled to have these four Canadian Women’s Hockey League players join us on our world championship journey,” said Chris Pellerin, head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Ball Hockey Team and a former CWHL official. “The CWHL is a true leader in providing positive opportunities for female athletes, and we know that these young women will represent both the league and our country with class and confidence, both on and off the floor.”
Games are being played at the Glacier Arena in Mount Pearl and Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay. For the official schedule of the 2013 ISBHF World Ball Hockey Championships, please click HERE.
For live streaming of the 2013 ISBHF World Ball Hockey Championships, please click HERE.
For the official 2013 ISBHF World Ball Hockey Championships event site, please visit www.stjohns2013wc.com. For more information on the Canadian Ball Hockey Association, please visit www.cbha.com. For more information on the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation, please visit www.isbhf.com.
About the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL): The CWHL is the most premier, professionally run women's hockey league in the world. It enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment and motivation. The league is centrally funded, with all participating teams in the CWHL receiving equal access to financial support and given the same opportunities to succeed. The CWHL is a not-for-profit organization, with every dollar going towards building a league that is dedicated to raising the profile of women's hockey, providing a place for the best female players in the world to compete and inspiring the next generation of female hockey heroines. Since the CWHL’s inception in 2007, each hockey season has culminated in an exciting play-off round in which the top teams face off for the Clarkson Cup, named after former Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson.
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Chris Pellerin will be inducted into the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s (OCAA) Hall of Fame this May. Chris is a graduate of Canadore’s Recreation and Leadership program and played forward for the Canadore Kittens women’s hockey team in the 1970s and 80s.
Christine Pellerin was an OCAA All-Star in 1984-85 and 1985-86 when she led her team in goals and total points in both seasons. She was also named Canadore Athlete of the Year for 1984-85 and 1985-86. After Canadore, Pellerin moved to Toronto for further education at Seneca College. While attending Seneca she played for the Mississauga Warriors, a women’s Senior A team. “I was in awe when I first stepped on the ice but after a few body checks and goals I felt at home.”
In 1987 Pellerin played for Team Ontario in the first ever World Hockey Tournament. That same year, Pellerin also played in the first Women’s Canadian Ball Hockey Tournament in Calgary with her team, the Toronto Canadiana Cougars, taking gold.
In her career she has won three gold, one silver and a bronze medal in ball hockey. She stayed active in ball hockey at the national level for the next two and a half decades first becoming a coach and then a Level 5 referee.
In 2012, she became the first woman to coach a male ball hockey team from Toronto as they played in the Men’s Master World Championship in the Czech Republic. In June of this year she will finally hang up her coach’s whistle for Women’s Team Canada but she continues to play recreational hockey every Saturday night in the Toronto Women’s Hockey Club. “I still love the game!” Christine declares.
The OCCA is a provincial association created in 1967 to encourage amateur sporting excellence at the collegiate level across the province of Ontario. It stresses personal development, leadership, healthy lifestyle, sports integrity and teamwork in a student-focused setting. Besides hockey, the OCAA also honours players and coaches who have distinguished themselves in badminton, basketball, cross-country running, golf, curling, rugby, soccer, golf, volleyball and women’s fastball. There are 296 inductees in the OCAA Hall of Fame and it adds new inductees every two years.
The CBHA congratulates Chris on this amazing achievement!
(Toronto) January 22, 2013 - After 18 months of extensive scouting, Women’s Team Canada is pleased to announce its Roster for the 4th Women’s World Championship to be held in St John’s, Newfoundland June 4th – 9th, 2013.
This is a team with great depth of skills and experience. New upcoming talent will join 14 returning players from the last three World Championships! These elite athletes were selected from at least one of the four scouting and evaluation events at the 2011, 2012 Canadian Championships, 2012 Eastern and Western Canadian Championships.
A truly proud Canadian, General Manager Paul Beale is extremely pleased that this National team has representation from coast to coast. Paul says: “I know that all of the players will take great pride in wearing the Canadian Maple Leaf”.
Returning for one last World Championship, Head Coach Christine Pellerin said “with such a great pool of players to select from, this was by far, the most difficult selection process ever.” “I couldn’t think of a better place to finish my coaching career at home and on the “Rock”. Our goal is to regain the World Title”.
It is with great excitement that we present our 2013 WTC Roster:
Goaltenders: Kathryn Padmore (Toronto, ON- OBHF), Katie Passfield (Mississauga, ON - OBHF), and Nathalie Girouard (Ottawa, ON - OBHF).
Defences: Jessica O’Grady (Ottawa, ON - OBHF), Britni Smith (Toronto, ON - OBHF), Mallory Johnston (Chatham, ON - OBHF), Amy Dawson (Dartmouth, NS - NSBHA), Danika Smith (Ottawa, ON - OBHF), Madison Sands (Maple Ridge, BC - BCBHA), and Lesley McArthur (Ottawa, ON - OBHF).
Forwards: Chelsea Purcell (Hudson Bay, SK - WRBHA), Shelley Cockerill (Winnipeg, MB - MBHA), Fannie Desforges (Fournier, ON - OBHF), Caroline Bérubé (Roberval, QC - QBHA), Jennifer Brine (Truro, NS - OBHF), Franceska Perron (Quebec, QC - QBHA), Kristen Cooze (Kippens, NL - NLBHA), Alicia Blomberg (Timmins, ON - OBHF), Elysia Desmier (Vanier, ON - OBHF), Candace Moxley (Markham, ON - OBHF), Erika Pouliot (St-Joseph de Beauce, QC - OBHF), Chantal Larocque (Winnipeg, MB - MBHA), Dawn Tulk (Deer Lake, NL NLBHA), and Amanda Kean (St. Anthony, NL - NLBHA).
Staff: Christine Pellerin - Head Coach (Toronto, ON OBHF), Nicole Latreille - Assistant Coach (Ottawa, ON - OBHF), Thomas Walsh - Assistant Coach (Clarenville , NL - NLBHA), Paul Beale - General Manager (Saint John, NB - NBBHA), Renee Sheldon -Therapist (Pickering, ON - OBHF) & Dr. Jessica Wade (St. John’s, NL).
Ontario Ball Hockey Federation and Canadian Ball Hockey Association member Fannie DesForges takes home her second Red Bull Crashed Ice Championship in Niagara Falls, Ontario on December 1, 2012
For highlights on Fannie's Crashed Ice victory, scroll down to the video below.