Johnston Heading to Canada Camp
CALGARY -- Cornell forward Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont.) is among 40 players invited to Canada's National Women's Under-22 Team selection camp, August 10-17 at York University in Toronto, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday.
Johnston (Sudbury, Ont.) was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year and first-team all-conference, and was the first Cornell player to receive either honor. The freshman completed her rookie campaign leading Cornell in points with 32 including 16 goals and 16 assists. She became the first Cornell player to earn 30 points in a season since the 1997-98 campaign. Johnston was also named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and was first-team All-Ivy.
Johnston is among seven League standouts invited to the camp. Other League student-athletes are: goaltenders Christina Kessler (Harvard) and Kristen Young (Princeton); defensemen Brittaney Maschmeyer (St. Lawrence) and Britni Smith (St. Lawrence); and forwards Karell Emard (St. Lawrence) and Sam Hunt (Colgate).
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The players were selected to be part of the selection camp based on evaluations done by Hockey Canada regional scouts during the 2007-08 season. These evaluations included performances with their club teams, along with the National Women's Under-22 Team strength and conditioning/skating camp in May in Calgary, among other criteria.
The players attending camp are eligible to represent Canada at the 2009 MLP Cup (formerly the Air Canada Cup) in Ravensburg, Germany in early January. Canada has won the tournament six years in a row, losing just one game. Hockey Canada will use the camp to select 22 players for a three-game series against the USA's Women's Under-22 Select Team in Pierrefonds, QC in late August.
Fifteen players, including Hunt and Johnston, return from last year's National Women's Under-22 Team, which finished with a 7-0 record - the first perfect season in the history of the under-22 program. In addition, 11 members of Canada's silver medal-winning National Women's Under-18 Team will attend the camp.
"It is very exciting for us to watch Canada's female players develop, whether it is in the under-22 program, or moving up from the under-18 level," said Melody Davidson, general manager/head coach of the National Women's Program. "We have a terrific group of players coming into camp, and we are confident whichever players are chosen will represent Hockey Canada well."
The National Women's Under-22 Team selection camp will see the 40 players split into two teams - Red and White - which will compete with a team of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) all-stars in a series of games.
The camp will mark the second year of a two-year partnership between Hockey Canada and the CIS. The CIS will send a national team of Canadian university women's hockey players to the 2009 Winter Universiade in Harbin, China. It will mark the first time that women's hockey is part of the World University Games.