July 14, 2014
• Hockey Canada Release
MADISON, Wis. -- Five University of Wisconsin women’s hockey players were invited to participate at Canada’s National Women’s Development Team selection camp, Hockey Canada announced this month.
Badgers Mellissa Channell, Emily Clark, Sarah Nurse, Ann-Renée Desbiens and Blayre Turnbull will take part in several practices, intrasquad games, off-ice dryland training, fitness testing and high performance classroom sessions from Aug. 8-17 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta.
Following the selection camp, the 42 invitees will be cut down to a 22-player roster, which will face off against the United States’ Women’s Under-22 Select Team in a three-game series, Aug. 21-24.
Channell, a native of Oakville, Ontario, will make her second consecutive appearance at the camp after earning a bid last summer. The defenseman is an experienced national team player, as she was also a part of the Canadian Women's U22 squad that competed at the 2012 Meco Cup and earned an invitation to the Team Canada U22 camp in the summer of 2012.
Clark, an incoming freshman, is no stranger to the Canadian national squad, as she skated for Canada’s U18 National team in the 2012 and 2013 U18 IIHF World Championships, earning two gold medals.
Nurse, a 2013-14 All-WCHA Rookie Team selection, will be in familiar territory after participating in the Selection Camp and Strength and Conditioning Camp in 2011 and 2012 with the Canadian Women's U-18 team and skating at the 2011 IIHF High Performance Women's Hockey Camp in Slovakia with Team Canada.
Desbiens earned a spot on the Team Canada U22 squad in 2012, which played a three-game series against the U.S. in August of 2012. The La Malbaie, Quebec, product won a silver medal for her play with the Canadian U18 Team at the 2011 IIHF World Women's Under-18 Championship in Sweden.
Turnbull skated for Canada at the Women’s Under-18 Series in 2010. The Badgers’ 2014-15 captain was second on the team last year with 40 points, while her five short-handed goals were the most in program history.
Players will continue to be scouted by Hockey Canada and the national team’s coaching staff following the three-game series’ completion in preparation for selecting the Canadian team that will compete in Germany at the 2015 Meco Cup next January.