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Jan. 23, 2020

CALGARY, Alta. – A pair of Nova Scotians will be behind the bench of Canada’s national women’s team for the remainder of the Rivalry Series.

Spryfield’s Troy Ryan and New Glasgow’s Kori Cheverie will lead Team Canada through the final three games of the Rivalry Series, Feb. 3-8 in Victoria and Vancouver, B.C., and Anaheim, Calif. 

, who was an assistant coach with the national team at the Olympics in 2018, has taken over as head coach. Cheverie, who became the first female full-time assistant coach in Canadian university men’s hockey history in 2016 when she was hired by the Ryerson Rams will join the team as an assistant coach.

Earlier this week, Hockey Canada named 23 of the country’s top players to the national team roster for the remainder of the series. Fellow Nova Scotians Jill Saulnier and Blayre Turnbull were among the players on the list.

Canada’s roster was selected by head coach Ryan and Gina Kingsbury (Rouyn-Noranda, Que.), director of women’s national teams, with support from head scout Melody Davidson (Oyen, Alta.) and Hockey Canada’s regional scouts. 

The roster features 19 players who participated in the first two games of the series in Hartford, Conn., and Moncton, N.B., in December (Bach, Clark, Daoust, Desbiens, Fast, Fortino, Gabel, Jenner, Johnston, Lacasse, Larocque, Maschmeyer, Mikkelson, Nurse, Poulin, Rougeau, Saulnier, Spooner, Turnbull).

“The Rivalry Series games in December gave our coaches and staff another opportunity to evaluate our players and assess the depth of our roster, while seeing where we are in terms of competitiveness against our strongest rival,” said Kingsbury. “We mutually agreed with USA Hockey not to include any student-athletes for these three games, and with that in mind have assembled a veteran line-up that will once again prove to be competitive against the United States. We will continue to evaluate our full group as we look towards competing at the world championship in Halifax.”

TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will air all three games; check local listings for details.

The best-on-best competition between the cross-border rivals is the final tune-up for Canada’s national women’s team prior to the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship, set for March 31-April 10 in Halifax and Truro, N.S.

Canada has won 10 gold medals at the IIHF Women’s World Championship (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2012), in addition to eight silver medals (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) and one bronze (2019) and will look to stand atop the podium for the first time since 2012.

2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship ticket information, please click here.

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