Okanagan duo hoping for Team Canada spot – Kelowna Capital News


A trip to Europe would be a nice late Christmas present for a pair of Lake Country hockey players.

But they will deserve it.

Defenseman Brooke Disher and forward Jade Iginla, both 17 and teammates with RINK Hockey Academy in Kelowna, are among the top 40 Canadian players under-18 to be in St. Catharines, Ont. From December 26 to 31 for the selection camp for Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team.

The camp will be held at Ridley College and will feature a trio of intra-team matches on December 28, 29 and 30 before the final roster is named for the 2022 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship January 8-15 in Linkoping. and Mjolby, Sweden.

With the cancellation of the 2021 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship, this will be the first time in nearly two years that Canada’s top U18 players will be able to test their skills and compete in this international competition in the short term.

“This is an exciting time for this group of dedicated athletes, who have been waiting almost two years for a chance to compete on the international stage,” said Gina Kingsbury, Director of Hockey Operations for Hockey Canada.

Disher is now in his sixth season in the Canadian School Sports Hockey League (CSSHL) after playing for Edge School, Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) and now RHA Kelowna. She was named CSSHL U15 WHL Scholastic Player of the Year (2016-2017), Best Defender of CSSHL U17 Prep (2017-2018) and Best Defender of CSSHL U18 Prep (2019/20). In 117 CSSHL games, she scored 77 points including 20 in 14 games this season.

Iginla is in her first season in the CSSHL. She has four goals and seven assists in 10 games this season. Iginla is the daughter of NHL Hall of Fame member Jarome Iginla.

Disher and Iginla are among seven RHA players who have been awarded college scholarships for 2022-2023. Disher enlisted at Boston University and Iginla signed with Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Both are NCAA schools.

Canada is in Group A with Finland, Russia and the United States. Group B includes the Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. Canada is scheduled to open the 2022 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship against Russia on January 8. Canada will also face Finland on January 9 ahead of its prelims final against the United States on January 11.

Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team will seek their first gold at the IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship since 2019; he won five gold medals (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2019), seven silver medals (2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020) and one bronze (2018).

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