MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Two dozen players from the Canadian Women’s Hockey League will be lacing up in Sochi for the Olympic games next month, the league announced Wednesday. Fourteen of those players will play for Team Canada while nine will lace up for Team USA and one will be a member of the Swiss national team.
Team Canada players coming from the CWHL are Gillian Apps and Jayna Hefford, Brampton Thunder; Geneviève Lacasse, Boston Blades; Jocelyne Baroque, Meaghan Mikkelson and Tara Watchorn, Calgary Inferno; Rebecca Johnston, Natalie Spooner and Jennifer Wakefield, Toronto Furies and Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Haley Irwin, Charline Labonté, Catherine Ward and Caroline Ouellette Montreal Stars
"We are so incredibly proud of all our Olympians, and wish them the best of luck as they head overseas,” said CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress. “The sheer number of players from our league that will compete at the highest possible level in Sochi reflects not just the growth of our league, but the growth of women’s hockey on a global scale.”
Women’s play at the Olympics starts February 8 and concludes with medal round on February 20.