CALGARY, Alberta – Hockey Canada announced last week that Dartmouth’s Laura Stacey was one of 40 players invited to Canada’s National Development Team selection camp. The camp takes place August 10-18 at the Markin MacPhail Centre, Hockey Canada’s home arena at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
After a stellar freshman campaign that saw Stacey tie for the team-lead with 14 assists and earned ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team honors, she was one of 24 forwards invited to the camp. The invitation list also includes four goalies and 12 defensemen.
Invitations are based on evaluations by Hockey Canada scouts during the 2012-13 season, including past performances within Canada’s National Women’s Program and its club or school teams.
Stacey, a native of Kleinburg, Ontario, played well for the Canadian National Women's Under-22/Development Team at the 2013 Meco Cup, scoring a goal in the Championship Game to help her country claim the title.
No stranger to the Canadian National Team, Stacey also won Gold at the 2012 Under-18 Women's World Championship and has been selected to represent her country on 10 separate occasions.
“I am extremely excited to be heading to Calgary for the U22 Development Team Camp this Friday,” an elated Stacey said. “It is always an unbelievable experience and there is nothing better than playing and training against the best players across the country.
“It’s always been a goal of mine to be one of the players selected to play with/against the women that will be heading to Sochi. It would be an honor to help prepare those individuals for the Olympics, but also to develop personally alongside them.”
The 40 players attending the camp will be split into two teams, which will participate in several practices and intrasquad games, as well as off-ice dryland training, fitness testing and high-performance classroom sessions.
Of the players attending the camp, 13 will be selected to join the 27 senior team players who will centralize with Canada’s National Women’s Team in Calgary for training to prepare for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.