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Mar. 1, 2016

CALGARY, Alta. – A pair of Nova Scotians will be on the Team Canada roster when the team sets off on its quest for gold at the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship later this month.

Halifax’s Jill Saulnier, 23, and Stellarton’s Blayre Turnbull, 22, were two of the 23 players named to the team yesterday in Kamloops, B.C. Saulnier and Turnbull are teammates with the Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

The tournament takes place from March 28 – April 4 in Kamloops, B.C.

Saulnier was a member of the national women’s team that competed at the 2015 IIHF Women’s World Championship while Turnbull will be making her debut at the world championship. Both players represented Canada at the 4 Nations Cup in 2014 and 2015.

The 23 players selected to Canada’s roster include three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards. It  features 17 returning players from Canada’s 2015 World Championship squad that won silver in Malmö, Sweden, along with 16 returnees from Canada’s 2015 4 Nations Cup team, and two players that will make their first appearance on the world championship stage.

Canada’s roster was selected by head coach Laura Schuler, assistant coaches Howie Draper and Dwayne Gylywoychuk, and goaltending consultant Brad Kirkwood, alongside Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada’s general manager of national women’s team programs. It was chosen following a year-long evaluation process that included all national team, development team and under-18 team camps, along with international events, and club team performance.

“We’re thrilled with the group selected to represent Canada on the international stage in Kamloops,” said Laura Schuler, head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Team. “After a long evaluation process, we’re confident in the 23 players we’ve chosen to wear the Canadian jersey and we’re looking forward to coming together as a team as we aim to reclaim gold on Canadian ice.”

Canada opens the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship against the United States on March 28, and also faces Russia (March 29) and Finland (March 31) in preliminary action. Both the bronze- and gold-medal games will be played on April 4th.

Canada will also face-off against Team Sweden in an exhibition game on March 26 and will host its pre-tournament camp in Penticton, B.C., from March 19-24. A complete tournament schedule can be found here. 

All of Canada’s games at the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship will be shown by TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada. Check local listings for broadcast times.

Hockey Nova Scotia would like to congratulate both players on this impressive accomplishment and wish them all the best in Kamloops! We are very proud.

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