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Feb. 27, 2017

CALGARY, Alta. – For the third year in a row, a Nova Scotia woman will don the maple leaf at the Women’s World Championship.

Stellarton’s Blayre Turnbull
is among the 23 players selected to represent Team Canada at the upcoming 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship March 31 – April 7 in Plymouth, Mich.

Canada’s National Women’s Team roster was selected by head coach Laura Schuler alongside Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada’s general manager of national women’s team programs, and included support from Hockey Canada regional scouts, assistant coaches Dwayne Gylywoychuk and Troy Ryan, and the team’s goaltending coach Brad Kirkwood.

“This is a determined group of players that have been chosen to wear the red-and-white on the international stage,” said Laura Schuler, head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Team. “As our evaluation process continues leading into the selection of our Olympic centralization roster later this year, we’re confident this group will make Canada proud in Plymouth and we’re looking forward to building on our successes from the 2016-17 season.”

Team Canada’s coaching staff will also be joined by Caroline Ouellette (Montreal, Que./Concordia University, RSEQ), a four-time Olympic gold-medalist with the National Women’s Team, who has been named an assistant coach alongside Gylywoychuk and Ryan for the championship.

(PHOTO: Blayre Turnbull in action against Sweden at the 2016 IIHF Women's World Championship.)

Turnbull recently represented Canada in the December Series in December 2016 when Team Canada swept the Americans 2-0 in a home-and-home series. She has also played with the national senior women’s team at 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship and at the 4 Nations Cup in 2014 and 2015.

Players in Canada’s National Women’s Team program will continue to be monitored with their club teams leading into and during the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship by Hockey Canada scouts, along with the coaching staff, prior to the announcement of Canada’s National Women’s Team Olympic centralization roster this spring.

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