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SAULNIER AND TURNBULL SELECTED TO NATIONAL WOMEN'S TEAM FOR UPCOMING EVENTS
Nov. 25, 2016

CALGARY, Alta. – A pair of Nova Scotians have been selected to wear the red-and-white with Canada’s national women’s teams at the upcoming December Series.

Halifax’s Jill Saulnier and Stellarton’s Blayre Turnbull will represent Canada when the national women’s team takes on the United States in the two-game December Series in Sarnia, Ont., and Plymouth, Mich. next month.

Saulnier will also represent Canada at the Nations Cup in early 2017. From Jan. 4-7, she will be among the 23 players (two goaltenders, seven defenceman and 14 forwards) who will look to retain gold at the 2017 Nations Cup in Füssen, Germany and Telfs, Austria.

The Nations Cup, formerly known as the Air Canada Cup, MLP Cup and Meco Cup, brings together Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and national teams from Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland for a four-day international tournament.

The two teams – Canada’s National Women’s Team and Canada’s National Women’s Development Team – were selected by Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada’s general manager of national women’s team programs, with support from Gina Kingsbury, Hockey Canada’s director of national women’s team programs, Hockey Canada regional scouts and the teams’ coaching staff.

“These events mark critical steps in our evaluation process leading into the IIHF Women’s World Championship and in deciding Canada’s centralization team as we look towards the 2018 Olympic Winter Games,” said Davidson. “As we move towards selecting those rosters we will use the December Series and Nations Cup as opportunities to evaluate our players on the international stage.”

Hockey Nova Scotia would like to congratulate Blayre and Jill on their selections and wish them the best of luck as they continue their hockey journeys.




 
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