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Canada's national women's hockey team starts training in Penticton Wednesday

The South Okanagan Events Centre and the Okanagan Hockey School are hosting Canada's national women's hockey team until June 19.
May 28, 2013 - 12:10 PM

Some of Canada's best hockey players will be training in Penticton tomorrow.

The national women's hockey team of 27 players will be lacing up for ice time at the South Okanagan Events Centre from now to June 19. The purpose of boot camp is to prepare players for centralization in Calgary starting in August and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

"This camp will be a great opportunity for our team to create an environment which challenges the athletes and staff to push themselves outside of their comfort zones, and to prepare them for the challenges they’ll face during the Olympic year,” Canada’s National Women’s Team head coach Dan Church said.

The 27-player roster includes three goaltenders, nine defencemen and 15 forwards. The boot camp roster also features 13 gold medallists from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Twenty-two of the centralized players also claimed the silver medal at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship this April in Ottawa.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Shannon Quesnel at squesnel@infotelnews.ca, call 250-488-3065 or tweet @shannonquesnel1

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