Canada’s women’s worlds roster will feature a few fresh faces

Team Canada forward Marie-Philip Poulin (29) celebrates her goal against the United States with teammates Micah Zandee-Hart, left to right, Ashton Bell, Brianne Jenner and Sarah Nurse during second period women's hockey gold medal game action at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

Canada will have three fresh faces when it travels to the 2024 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Utica, N.Y., from April 3-14.

New to the roster are Ashton Bell, Julia Gosling and Nicole Gosling, who replace Micah Zandee-Hart, Rebecca Johnston and Claire Thompson from last year’s team. The Goslings will be making their IIHF Women’s World Championship debut.

That means 20 players are returning from last year’s squad that earned silver after losing to the United States in the final.

Forwards are Marie-Philip Poulin, Laura Stacey, Sarah Fillier, Brianne Jenner, Sarah Nurse, Natalie Spooner, Emily Clark, Emma Maltais, Blayre Turnbull, Kristin O’Neill, Jamie Lee Rattray, Julia Gosling and Danielle Serdachny. 

Defenders are Renata Fast, Jocelyne Larocque, Ella Shelton, Bell, Erin Ambrose, Jaime Bourbonnais and Nicole Gosling. 

Goaltenders are once again Ann-Renee Desbiens, Emerance Maschmeyer and Kristen Campbell.

The 10-team tournament features Canada in Group A with Czechia, Finland, Switzerland and the host United States, while Group B includes China, Denmark, Germany, Japan and Sweden.

Canada opens the tournament April 4 against Finland, and then faces Switzerland on April 5 and Czechia on April 7, before closing out the preliminary round against the U.S. on April 8.

In 22 appearances at the women’s worlds, Canada has won 12 gold medals (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2012, 2021, 2022), in addition to earning nine silver (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2023) and one bronze (2019).

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