Josephs, Zgraja selected for Canada's IIHF U-18 championship team

Future Badgers Katy Josephs (Calgary, Alberta) and Katarina Zgraja (Waterloo, Ontario) have been chosen to represent Canada at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Women's Under-18 Championship as part of Canada's National Women's Under-18 Team, Hockey Canada announced this week. Josephs and Zgraja have already signed National Letters of Intent to attend the University of Wisconsin and play hockey for the Badgers beginning in the 2011-12 season.

Canada's 20-player roster for the IIHF championship was finalized following a selection camp featuring 31 of the country's top young female hockey players held at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto, Dec. 17-19. Future Badger Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton, Nova Scotia) also attended the camp. 

Josephs is one of 12 forwards on the roster, while Zgraja is one of six defensemen. Canada's roster also includes two goaltenders.

Karley Sylvester (Warroad, Minn.), the fourth member of Wisconsin's next incoming class, has already been named to the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team for the IIHF World Women's Under-18 Championship.

Canada's National Women's Under-18 Team won its first-ever gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women's Under-18 Championship by defeating the United States 5-4 in overtime in Chicago, Ill., last April. The United States won the first two women's U18 gold medals, in 2008 and 2009.

The 2011 IIHF World Women's Under-18 Championship is set for Jan. 1-8, 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Canada takes on Switzerland in the first game of the tournament at 8 a.m. (CT) on Saturday, Jan. 1, and will also play Finland and Germany in preliminary round action. The United States faces the Czech Republic at 9 a.m. (CT) on New Year's Day as well and is scheduled to play Japan and Sweden in the opening round. The gold medal game is set for noon (CT) on Sat., January 8.

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