Penticton hosting bootcamp for Hockey Canada women

Hockey Canada announced Thursday morning that women’s national team hopefuls will attend a boot camp in Penticton.

Hockey Canada announced Thursday morning that women’s national team hopefuls will attend a boot camp in Penticton.

Teamed up with the Okanagan Hockey Academy, South Okanagan Events Centre and Okanagan College, 27 players named to Canada’s national women’s team will be  in Penticton from May 27 to June 19.

The purpose of boot camp is to prepare players for centralization in Calgary starting in August leading up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

During their three weeks here, players will participate in on-and off-ice training sessions. Their training schedule during boot camp will be rigorous and will focus on their overall development as high performance athletes.

“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,” said head coach Dan Church said.

“I’m looking forward to the development opportunity this camp will provide us, as we live and train together daily. It will be a great start to our time together as a team.”

“These players are all true role models for our country,” said Okanagan Hockey Academy president Andy Oakes. “The City of Penticton is thrilled to welcome them to our community and to be a part of the incredible journey that Canada’s national women’s team will take on its road to Sochi 2014.”

The full roster of players attending the bootcamp can be found at www.hockeycanada.ca.