Willoughby named to 2017 Winter Universiade Canadian women’s hockey team

Willoughby named to 2017 Winter Universiade Canadian women’s hockey team

University of Saskatchewan forward Kaitlin Willoughby was one of 22 players named to the 2017 Winter University Canadian women's hockey team by the CIS Friday. 

The 2017 Winter Universiade is set for January 29 to February 8 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Willoughby becomes the fourth Huskie women's hockey player to don the Canadian colours at a Universiade. The group includes Breanne George, Cara Wooster and Julia Flinton. 

The fourth-year forward made a splash in the CIS in 2013-14 helping guide the Huskies to their first-ever Canada West Championship and a bronze medal at the CIS Championship. In the season, she was named the conference and CIS rookie of the year. In three seasons with the Huskies, the Prince Albert, Sask., native has tallied 31 goals and 40 assists.

The 22-player roster features 20 members who skated for Team CIS at Hockey Canada's Women's Development Camp in August. Eight players come from the Canada West conference, along with seven from OUA, five from the RSEQ and two from AUS. The defending national champion Montreal Carabins lead the way with four selections. 

Canada will compete in Group A alongside China, Great Britain and host Kazakhstan. Group B consists of the defending champion Russia, Japan and the United States.

Behind the bench, University of Guelph head coach Rachel Flanagan, who made the selections following development camp, will be accompanied by team leader and video coach Rick Traugott, assistant coaches Kelly Paton (Western) and Shaun Reagan (Waterloo), equipment manager Jean Huynh (McGill), and therapist Natalie Paladino (Windsor).

 

TEAM CANADA ROSTER

 

Goaltenders

 

Name

University

Eligibility

Hometown

Academics

Valerie Lamenta

Guelph

3

Montreal, Que.

Mechanical Engineering

Stephanie Sluys

Waterloo

3

Clinton, Ont.

Kinesiology

 

Defence

 

Name

University

Eligibility

Hometown

Academics

Katherine Bailey

Guelph

3

Lucan, Ont.

Child, Youth & Family

Katelyn Gosling

Western

N/A

London, Ont

Social Science

Brianna Iazzolino

Western

5

Thunder Bay, Ont.

Nursing

Maude Laramée

Montreal

4

Gatineau, Que.

Arts & Sciences

Alexis Larson

Regina

5

Weyburn, Sask.

Nursing

Kelly Murray

UBC

5

Medicine Hat, Alta.

Arts

Erica Rieder

Manitoba

3

Regina, Sask.

Arts

 

Forwards

 

Name

University

Eligibility

Hometown

Academics

Kelty Apperson

St. Thomas

5

New Hamburg, Ont.

Arts

Melodie Bouchard

Ottawa

2

Sept-Iles, Que.

Education

Jessica Cormier

Montreal

3

Cap-aux-Meules, Que.

Administration

Catherine Dubois

Montreal

2

Charlesbourg, Que.

Arts & Science

Kylie Gavelin

Regina

5

Mankota, Sask.

Arts

Kelly Gribbons

Guelph

4

Port Elgin, Ont.

Engineering Systems & Computing

Alexandra Labelle

Montreal

2

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que

Anthropology

Jaycee Magwood

Regina

2

Killarney, Man.

Kinesiology & Health

Rachel Marriott

Waterloo

4

Waterloo, Ont.

Recreation & Leisure

Daley Oddy

StFX

4

Cranbrook, B.C.

Human Kinetics

Alex Poznikoff

Alberta

2

Edmonton, Alta.

Physical Education

Alanna Sharman

Manitoba

3

Winnipeg, Man.

Business

Kaitlin Willoughby

Saskatchewan

4

Prince Albert, Sask.

Arts & Science

 

 

Team Leader/Video Coach: Rick Traugott

Head Coach: Rachel Flanagan (University of Guelph)

Assistant Coach: Kelly Paton (Western University)

Assistant Coach: Shaun Reagan (University of Waterloo)

Equipment Manager: Jean Huynh (McGill University)

Therapist: Natalie Paladino (University of Windsor)