Cranbrook players selected to national teams
Two Cranbrook hockey players have been selected to play for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team.
Following an 11-day selection camp, 46 players have been named to Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team for a pair of three-game series against the United States, Aug. 17-20 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
Cranbrook’s Rylind MacKinnon, a 5’10”, defender who last year played for the University of British Columbia will suit up for the National Women’s Development Team.
And 17-year-old Jaimie Spring (pictured above) has been selected to play for Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team. The 5’7” defender from Cranbrook played for the Rink Hockey Academy (CSSHL) last season.
A total of 142 players were invited to attend selection camps as part of the BFL National Women’s Program Summer Showcase, which involved on- and off-ice training, classroom sessions and fitness testing. Canada’s National Women’s Development Team was selected following the National Women’s Team selection camp, which included six intrasquad games.
The National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp included games against Finland’s national women’s under-18 team before players were chosen to compete against the United States.
“Gathering players at our development and under-18 levels for assessment and scouting is an integral part in the growth of our athletes, especially as we begin preparations for a new four-year cycle leading into the 2026 Olympics,” said Gina Kingsbury (Rouyn-Noranda, Que.), director of hockey operations. “Our three-game series against the Americans, who share a historic past with our program, will allow us to begin to identify athletes in our system who will be competing at the highest international level for us in the coming years.”