Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Sarah Potomak of Aldergrove, BC has been named to Canada’s National Women’s Team for the upcoming 2015 4 Nations Cup, taking place November 4 – 8, 2015 in Sundsvall, Sweden.
Potomak is an alumnae of the BC Hockey Female High Performance program, and was a member of the Female U18 Team BC for the 2012 National Women’s U18 Championship in Dawson Creek, BC, the 2013 National Women’s U18 Championship in Calgary, AB, and the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC.
The 22 players selected to Canada’s roster
include two (2) goaltenders, seven (7) defencemen and 13 forwards and was chosen following Canada’s National Women’s Team Fall Festival from September 13 - 20, 2015 in Calgary, AB.
Canada’s roster will feature 13 returning gold medallists from its thrilling 3-2 victory over the United States at the 2014 4 Nations Cup in Kamloops BC, along with five (5) new faces to Canada’s National Women’s Team.
For the twentieth time, the 4 Nations Cup will bring together four (4) top women’s hockey countries in the world – Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States. Canada opens the tournament against Finland on November 4, 2015 and will also face the United States (November 5, 2015) and Sweden (November 7, 2015) in preliminary action. Both the bronze and gold-medal games will be played on November 8, 2015. A complete tournament schedule can be found here
“We’re excited about the group chosen to represent Canada, and we’re looking forward to getting on the ice in Sweden for the first time together as a team this season,” said Laura Schuler, Head Coach of Canada’s National Women’s Team. “Our players have been working extremely hard, and this event is a fantastic opportunity for them to unite on the international stage as they aim to defend Canada’s gold medal.”
In addition, the 2015 4 Nations Cup will serve as an evaluation opportunity for Canada’s National Women’s Team coaching staff and Hockey Canada scouts, led by Melody Davidson, general manager of national women’s team programs, for the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Kamloops, BC. Players will continue to be evaluated with their club teams during the 2015-2016 season, leading up to the world championship next April.
Since the debut of the 4 Nations Cup in 1996, Canada’s National Women’s Team has won the gold medal a total of 14 times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014), and earned silver on five occasions (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012).