Sunday, April 19, 2009
Hockey Canada recently announced the 44 players selected to the Women’s Under 18 Strength and Conditioning/Skating Camp. BC-born Kaleigh Fratkin, Anna Kozniuk and Tegan Cochrane were selected to the camp. The camp will be held May 7-10 at the Norma Bush Arena in Calgary.
Kaleigh Fratkin of Burnaby, BC has been a stand out on defence for the Female Midget AAA Champions the Vancouver Fusion. Fratkin was a member of the silver winning 2009 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Füssen, Germany.
Anna Kozniuk of North Vancouver, BC affiliated for the Vancouver Fusion of the Female Midget AAA League this past season. Her main team was the Female Midget team from the North Shore Female IHA.
Tegan Cochrane from Kelowna, BC played defence at the Pursuit of Excellence in Kelowna. This will be Cochrane’s first taste of the Canadians Women’s National Program.
"Credit to our Program to have these girls identified by Hockey Canada," said Robin Douville BC Hockey High Performance Chair. "I have personally seen all 3 girls play and I congratulate them on their progress through our program."
The 44 players will be put through fitness testing and skating drills over the course of the four-day camp. Please note that the focus for all on-ice sessions will be on skating techniques, and there will be no pucks on the ice.
Hockey Canada will also use the camp as an opportunity to get to know the players and give them off-ice training techniques, as well as proper nutritional guidance. Using the 2008-09 on-ice evaluation and performance at this camp, Hockey Canada officials will make their selections for a July under-18 camp, which will lead to selections for the National Women’s Under-18 Team for the 2009-10 season.
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