Hockey Canada releases roster for cancelled women’s world championship

Natalie Spooner and Sarah Nurse were named to Canada's roster for the 2020 Women's World Championships, which was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva via AP)

CALGARY — Hockey Canada has released its 23-player roster for the team that would have competed at the cancelled world women’s hockey championship.

The tournament was scheduled to begin March 31 in Halifax and Truro, N.S., before being cancelled Saturday due to concerns over the spreading novel coronavirus.

Hockey Canada’s director of female hockey teams Gina Kingsbury said after the 10-country tournament was cancelled that Canada’s roster would be released to recognize the hard work the women did to make the team.

The roster included 18 players who were on Canada’s team that finished third at least year’s tournament in Espoo, Finland, and 20 players who competed in the Rivalry Series against the United States in December and February.

Forwards Victoria Bach and Sarah Fillier and defender Claire Thompson would have made their world championship debuts.

The loss of the year’s marquee event in international women’s hockey was the latest blow to the sport.

The Canadian Women’s Hockey League folded last year after 12 seasons. November’s Four Nations Cup in Sweden was called off due to a dispute between the Swedish federation and its national women’s team.

More than 200 players formed the Professional Women’s Hockey Association in the wake of the CWHL’s collapse. They refuse to compete in the five-team National Women’s Hockey League because they don’t feel its financially sustainable.

Forwards — Victoria Bach, Milton, Ont.; Emily Clark, Saskatoon; Melodie Daoust, Valleyfield, Que.; Sarah Fillier, Georgetown, Ont.; Loren Gabel, Kitchener, Ont.; Brianne Jenner, Oakville, Ont.; Sarah Nurse, Hamilton; Marie-Philip Poulin, Beauceville, Que.; Jamie Lee Rattray, Ottawa; Jill Saulnier, Halifax; Natalie Spooner, Toronto; Laura Stacey, Kleinburg, Ont.; Blayre Turnbull, Stellarton, N.S.;

Defence — Erin Ambrose, Keswick, Ont.; Jaime Bourbonnais, Mississauga, Ont.; Renata Fast, Burlington, Ont.; Jocelyne Larocque, Ste. Anne, Man.; Lauriane Rougeau, Beaconsfield, Que.; Claire Thompson, Toronto; Micah Zandee-Hart, Saanichton, B.C.

Goaltenders — Ann-Renee Desbiens, La Malbaie, Que.; Genevieve Lacasse, Kingston, Ont.; Emerance Maschmeyer, Bruderheim, Alta.

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