CALGARY, Alberta - Dartmouth women's hockey freshman Laura Stacey is one of 22 players who have been named to Canada's National Women's Under-22/Development Team for the 2013 Meco Cup, Hockey Canada has announced. The Cup will take place Jan. 2-6, 2013, in Buchloe, Füssen and Ravensburg, Germany.
The Meco Cup, formerly known as the MLP Cup and Air Canada Cup, brings together Canada's National Women's Under-22/Development Team and senior women's national teams from Germany, Finland, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland for a five-day international tournament every year.
"We have put together a very skilled, strong team that will represent Canada with pride and passion at this year's Meco Cup," Canada's National Women's Under-22/Development Team head coach Pierre Alain said. "We look forward to seeing our young players take to the ice in Germany to compete against some of the top senior women's teams from around the world."
Player evaluations have been based on performances at the 2012 National Women's Under-22/Development Team selection camp and three-game series against the United States, both held in Calgary, Alta., in August, other past performances within Canada's National Women's Program, with their provincial and regional programs, as well as with their respective club teams in leagues such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Stacey attended the National Women's Under-22/Development Team selection camp in Calgary back in August, later participating in a three-game series against the United States as a member of Team Canada. Earlier this fall, she also attended Canada's National Women's Team September Camp/Fall Festival.
Last winter, Stacey helped Canada's National Women's Under-18 Team win a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship in Prerov and Zlin, Czech Republic.
In her first season with the Big Green, the rookie forward has already been a key contributor. Through six games, she is tied for second on the team in points, notching a goal and a squad-best five assists on the year.
Canada is an eight-time gold medalist at the Meco Cup, winning gold in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Canada finished with the bronze medal at the 2012 Meco Cup.