VIDEO: SAULNIER AND TURNBULL BECOME FIRST NOVA SCOTIANS NAMED TO WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
Oct. 16, 2014
DARTMOUTH - History has been made and it has been made twice.
Hockey Canada announced today that Jillian Saulnier and Blayre Turnbull are among the 23 players that have been selected to the Canadian national women's team roster. It is the first time that a player from Nova Scotia has ever been named to the national senior women's team.
"This is a truly historic day for women's hockey in our province," said Hockey Nova Scotia president Randy Pulsifer. "Over the years, Jillian and Blayre have worked so hard toward this dream and we could not be more proud to see them accomplish this goal."
PICTURED IN PHOTO: Jillian Saulnier (left) and Blayre Turnbull (right).
Saulnier, 22, is a Halifax native and a forward with the Cornell University Big Red (ECAC) women's hockey team. Last season, she was a First Team All-American and a top-3 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, an award given out annually to the top female college player in the United States. She is a veteran of the Hockey Nova Scotia High Performance Program, having represented our province at the Atlantic Challenge Cup on many occasions.
Turnbull, 21, hails from Stellarton. She is a forward with the University of Wisconsin Badgers (WCHA) women's team. Last season, she scored 18 goals and added 22 assists in 38 games for the Badgers, finishing second on the team in scoring. Like Saulnier, Turnbull is also a veteran of Hockey Nova Scotia's High Performance Program.
Saulnier, Turnbull and the rest of the national team will represent Canada at the 2014 4 Nations Cup, taking place Nov. 4-8 at the Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops, B.C.
Canada’s roster for the 2014 4 Nations Cup includes three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards, who were selected following Canada’s National Women’s Team September Camp/Fall Festival from Sept. 22-28 in Calgary.
CLICK HERE FOR CANADA’S NATIONAL WOMEN’S TEAM ROSTER FOR THE 2014 4 NATIONS CUP
The 2014 4 Nations Cup will bring together four top women’s hockey countries in the world - Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States – for the 19th annual international tournament.
CLICK HERE FOR THE 2014 4 NATIONS CUP SCHEDULE
Canada’s National Women’s Team roster for the 2014 4 Nations Cup includes:
10 players who won a gold medal with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia (Fortino, Irwin, Johnston, Lacasse, Larocque, Poulin, Rougeau, Spooner, Wakefield, Watchorn);
13 players who won a gold medal with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2013 4 Nations Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y. (Birchard, Bram, Fortino, Irwin, Johnston, Kohanchuk, Lacasse, Larocque, Poulin, Rougeau, Spooner, Wakefield, Watchorn);
Five players who were a part of Canada’s National Women’s Development Team for a three-game series against the United States in Calgary in August (Ambrose, Clark, Krzyzaniak, Maschmeyer, Turnbull);
10 players who will make their debut with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2014 4 Nations Cup (Ambrose, Campbell, Clark, Howe, Krzyzaniak, Maschmeyer, Rattray, Saulnier, Terry, Turnbull).
“This is an exciting announcement, as we kick off another Olympic cycle and introduce new players to Canada’s National Women’s Team, and to Canadian hockey fans,” said Doug Derraugh, head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Team. “We’re looking forward to coming together as a team, getting on the ice in Kamloops and representing our country.”
The 2014 4 Nations Cup will serve as an evaluation opportunity for Canada’s National Women’s Team coaching staff and Hockey Canada scouts, led by Melody Davidson, general manager of national women’s team programs, for the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Malmö, Sweden, and in the long term for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Players will continue to be evaluated with their club teams during the 2014-15 season, leading up to the world championship next April.
Congratulations Jill and Blayre! You are excellent role models for every young hockey player in Nova Scotia. We are very proud of you!