OHA players to represent B.C. at National Women’s U18 Championship

Veterans, from Penticton’s hockey academy, return after winning bronze last year

Four players from the Okanagan Hockey Academy will represent B.C. at the National Women’s U18 Championship in Quebec, Nov. 1 to 5.

“We are looking forward to competing amongst the top provincial teams in Canada this year in Quebec City,” said B.C. Hockey Female Program of Excellence co-ordinator, Whitney Juszkiewicz. “Team B.C. has an experienced staff and cohesive roster with depth and hockey knowledge. The road to nationals has been a very promising journey and we look to have one of our best showings yet.”

Mikayla Capelle (Dawson Creek), Reece Hunt (Nelson), Sophie Lalor (Penticton) and Jaise Skinner (Penticton) will trade in their OHA jerseys to represent the province in Quebec City. The same tournament where Canadian Olympic team member Marie-Philip Poulin won three silver medals with Quebec in 2005, 2007 and 2008. Capelle and Hunt were both on the squad last year that won the bronze medal, the second-time in the event’s history that the province has won a medal.

Related: OHAers come back with bronze

“We are excited to have such an amazing team of players and staff heading to Quebec in November,” said Team B.C. head coach, Graham Thomas. “We are confident that this group will continue to build on the successes Team BC has experienced at the National Women’s U18 Championship in recent years.”

The tournament features eight teams from across the country and brings together the best female players born in 200 or later. It is an important platform for Hockey Canada scouts who evaluate candidates who could be invited to play for Canada at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, as well as other international events.

“We are very proud of and excited for this group of talented young women who have been selected to represent Team B.C. at the National Women’s U18 Championship this fall,” said B.C. Hockey chief executive officer, Barry Petrachenko. “We are confident that this team will be great representatives of BC and the Yukon and look forward to their success at the tournament in their drive to improve on last years’ bronze medal finish.”

The players camp wrapped up on Oct. 1 after playing two exhibition games against the UBC Thunderbirds women’s hockey team and two against the Chinese national team.

Team BC will face Saskatchewan in their first game of the tournament on Nov. 1. Ontario Red has claimed the gold medal nine times in the event’s 10-year history, including in 2016.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Penticton may soon allow drinking alcohol in some public places

Trying to inconspicuously drink on the beach could become a thing of the past

Dementia intensifies loneliness and loss for seniors in pandemic, says caregiver

Seniors care expert says patience and sharing keys to helping those with dementia cope through virus

No injuries in Penticton Indian Band structure fire

The structure, which sustained significant damage, was boarded up and seemingly vacant

B.C. legislature coming back June 22 as COVID-19 emergency hits record

Pandemic restrictions now longer than 2017 wildfire emergency

Central Okanagan schools ready to welcome students back

Students are set to go back to school next Monday, June 1

Houseboat company partly owned by Shuswap MLA withdraws controversial ad

The ad welcomed houseboaters from other provinces, contradicting anti COVID-19 measures.

Squabble between campers in North Shuswap leads to bear spraying

An argument over late night partying escalated into a fight which led to one person being sprayed

B.C.’s essential grocery, hardware store employees should get pandemic pay: retail group

Only B.C.’s social, health and corrections workers are eligible for top-ups

Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto vying to be NHL hubs, but there’s a catch

The NHL unveiled a return-to-play plan that would feature 24 teams

B.C. sees 9 new COVID-19 cases, one death as officials watch for new cases amid Phase Two

Number of confirmed active cases is at 244, with 37 people in hospital

VIDEO: Flowers stolen from Vernon distillery

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery captured surveillance footage of the thief in a black car

Fundraiser launched for North Okanagan drive-in

Vernon resident seeks to raise $20K to save Starlight Drive-In

Most Read