July 30, 2013
Hockey Canada's release
CALGARY, Alberta -- University of Wisconsin women's hockey players Mellissa Channell and Katarina Zgraja are among 40 players who have been invited to Canada's National Women's Development Team selection camp, Hockey Canada announced on Tuesday.
The camp will take place Aug. 10-18 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary.
Based on evaluations and performances at Canada's National Women's Development Team selection camp, Hockey Canada will choose 13 development team players to join the 27 senior team players who will centralize with Canada's National Women's Team in Calgary for Olympic training. The 2014 Olympic Winter Games will take place in Sochi, Russia. The 40 players will be split into Red and White teams, which will compete against each other in a three-game series set for Aug. 19-24 at the Markin MacPhail Centre.
Channell, a native of Oakville, Ontario, is an incoming freshman who is no stranger to the national team. A 5-4 defenseman, Channell was a part of the Canadian Women's U-22 squad that competed at the 2012 Meco Cup, helping out on the blue line with current and former Badgers Saige Pacholok and Brittany Haverstock. She was invited to the Team Canada U22 camp last summer with Pacholok and Zgraja. Channell suited up for the Burling Barracudas Junior in the Provincial Women's Hockey League last year.
Zgraja is about to embark on her junior season for the Badgers as the Waterloo, Ontario, native has made a big impact for the Cardinal and White. As a freshman, she led all defensemen in plus/minus with a +31 rating and has played all 75 games during her career. She played with the Canadian U-18 Team and won silver at the 2011 IIHF World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.
Badger defenseman Stefanie McKeough, a native of Carlsbad Springs, Ontario, was invited to the camp, but is unable to attend.