Women's Canada

Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA)

Chris Pellerin from Canada’s national women´s team did the following interview on preparation of team with regards to upcoming 2013 ISBHF World Championships in St. John´s, Canada.

Canada about their preparation for ISBHF World Championships in St. John´s:

    1. At what stage of preparation is your team with regards to next year’s the world championships in St. John’s?
General Manager Paul Beale and I just finished selecting our CBHA Women Team Canada. Our roster will be composed of fourteen returning players and ten upcoming players that are eager to be on the world stage. The evaluation and scouting started eighteen months ago at four of our National events. In Canada we are so fortunate to have so much depth in skills and talent to select from. Paul and I believe we have selected the best players to represent Canada in St John’s, June 2-9, 2013
    2. How will the preparation continue in the next months?
Players will be provided with training programs and will be required on a monthly basis, report to us with their training logs. A lot of our players play high level competitive ice hockey in the winter. For example, some currently play university, AA and with four playing in the Canadian Women Hockey League (CWHL), which beside the IIHF Championship is the best female Ice hockey league in the world. Also some of our players play ball hockey year round in competitive leagues. Therefore game conditioning will not be an issue. WTC will meet for a three day pre- camp in St John’s.
    3. Can you already tell the names of some players of your team?
At this time I cannot provide you with the team roster. But what I can provide you with is that we will be going with 3 goalkeepers, 7 defence and 14 forwards.
    4. What are the expectations you have for St. John's?
Listen, being in Canada and all, our national sport, our goal is to regain the Women’s World Title on the “ROCK”!
In 2011, it was the 1st time that we did not finish in 1st place and as a coach your job is to champion your team to that title.
But honestly, as hard as it was, I believe it was great to have Slovakia win in their home country in front of their devoted fans. It was a good thing for the sport of women’s ball hockey at the world stage.
    5. Who will become world champion 2013, and why?
Women Team Canada!!
As the Head Coach, my past experience from the last World Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia and with the help of my two new assistant coaches, we will have this high performance team ready to take on the World and take back the GOLD in our country in front of our great enthusiastic Canadians fans!


Information, Articles and Commentary:

1.) Women's Team Canada Announcement. [click to view]

(Toronto) January 22, 2013 - After 18 months of extensive scouting, Women’s Team Canada is pleased to announce its Roster for the 4th Women’s World Championship to be held in St John’s, Newfoundland June 4th – 9th, 2013. This is a team with great depth of skills and experience. New upcoming talent will join 14 returning players from the last three World Championships! These elite athletes were selected from at least one of the four scouting and evaluation events at the 2011, 2012 Canadian Championships, 2012 Eastern and Western Canadian Championships.

A truly proud Canadian, General Manager Paul Beale is extremely pleased that this National team has representation from coast to coast. Paul says: “I know that all of the players will take great pride in wearing the Canadian Maple Leaf”. Returning for one last World Championship, Head Coach Christine Pellerin said “with such a great pool of players to select from, this was by far, the most difficult selection process ever.” “I couldn’t think of a better place to finish my coaching career at home and on the “Rock”. Our goal is to regain the World Title”.

It is with great excitement that we present our 2013 WTC Roster:

    "Goaltenders: Kathryn Padmore (Toronto, ON- OBHF), Katie Passfield (Mississauga, ON - OBHF), and Nathalie Girouard (Ottawa, ON - OBHF)."
    "Defence: Jessica O’Grady (Ottawa, ON - OBHF), Britni Smith (Toronto, ON - OBHF), Mallory Johnston (Chatham, ON - OBHF), Amy Dawson (Dartmouth, NS - NSBHA), Danika Smith (Ottawa, ON - OBHF), Madison Sands (Maple Ridge, BC - BCBHA), and Lesley McArthur (Ottawa, ON - OBHF)."
    "Forwards: Chelsea Purcell (Hudson Bay, SK - WRBHA), Shelley Cockerill (Winnipeg, MB - MBHA), Fannie Desforges (Fournier, ON - OBHF), Caroline Bérubé (Roberval, QC - QBHA), Jennifer Brine (Truro, NS - OBHF), Franceska Perron (Quebec, QC - QBHA), Kristen Cooze (Kippens, NL - NLBHA), Alicia Blomberg (Timmins, ON - OBHF), Elysia Desmier (Vanier, ON - OBHF), Candace Moxley (Markham, ON - OBHF), Erika Pouliot (St-Joseph de Beauce, QC - OBHF), Chantal Larocque (Winnipeg, MB - MBHA), Dawn Tulk (Deer Lake, NL NLBHA), and Amanda Kean (St. Anthony, NL - NLBHA)."
    "Staff: Christine Pellerin - Head Coach (Toronto, ON OBHF), Nicole Latreille - Assistant Coach (Ottawa, ON - OBHF), Thomas Walsh - Assistant Coach (Clarenville , NL - NLBHA), Paul Beale - General Manager (Saint John, NB - NBBHA), Renee Sheldon -Therapist (Pickering, ON - OBHF) & Dr. Jessica Wade (St. John’s, NL)."