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Aug. 24, 2015

The first two Nova Scotians to ever represent Canada on the national women’s team will continue their hockey careers together this year in Calgary.

Halifax native Jill Saulnier and Stellarton’s Blayre Turnbull were drafted in back-to-back rounds by the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s Calgary Inferno on Sunday.

Saulnier was selected in the third round while Turnbull was chosen in the fourth.

The pair recently graduated from NCAA Division I universities in the United States. Saulnier suited up for the Cornell Big Red and Turnbull was a member of the Wisconsin Badgers. Saulnier racked up 193 points over 124 career games with Cornell while Turnbull notched 98 points in 143 games at Wisconsin and was named to the All-Conference team last season.

The pair made their debuts with the national women’s team last November when Canada captured gold at the 4 Nations Cup in Kewlona, B.C.

Saulnier was also a member of Canada’s silver medal-winning team at the 2015 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Sweden this past spring.

Saulnier, Turnbull and the Inferno kick off their season on October 24 in Calgary when they take on the Boston Blade.

Hockey Nova Scotia would like to wish these players the best of luck as they embark on the next step in their hockey careers.

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