CALGARY, Alberta – Laura Stacey '16 was among the 28 players who will be centralized in Calgary throughout the 2017-18 season in preparation for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Stacey had quite the season in 2016-17, being named the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) Rookie of the Year. She ended her first season with the Brampton Thunder with 24 points from 11 goals and 13 assists in 22 games.
The centralization roster includes three goaltenders, nine defensemen and 16 forwards and features 14 players who won gold at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. It also includes 21 players who captured silver at the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship in Plymouth, Michigan.
The roster was selected by Dartmouth head coach Laura Schuler, who was selected to lead the Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey Team on Wednesday. Schuler will be joined on the bench by assistant coaches Dwayne Gylywoychuk (Hockey Manitoba) and Troy Ryan (Hockey Canada), and goaltending consultant Brad Kirkwood (University of Calgary).
The players and staff will come together in Calgary this August on a full-time basis with Hockey Canada, based out of the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport's Canada Olympic Park. As part of the preparation for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the 2017-18 season will be highlighted by the 2017 4 Nations Cup and other games that will be announced at a later date.
Canada's final 23-player roster for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games is tentatively scheduled to be determined in late December.