CALGARY, Alberta - Twenty-two of Canada's top young women's hockey players, including Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) and Martine Garland (Toronto, Ont.) of the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, were named to the National Women's Under-22 Team on Monday by Hockey Canada.
Jones, a junior forward at UNH, and Garland, a freshman defenseman, will be making their international debuts as they represent Canada at the 2004 European Air Canada Cup, held from February 4-7 in Germany. The team will depart for the tournament Feb. 1.
Jones led the Wildcats in goals as a freshman and sophomore and is tied for the team lead in goals this season with nine. She has a team-best three game-winning goals and is second in points (20). Garland, who recorded career highs in both assists (two) and points (three) in Sunday's 7-2 victory at Boston College, has season totals of four goals - including two game-winners - and two assists for six points.
Players are named to Canada's National Women's Under-22 Team following extensive player scouting, led by Wally Kozak, Hockey Canada's Women's Program Head Scout. Kozak oversees a team of scouts and continues to attend games, tournaments and championships all over North America, including but not limited to, the Canada Winter Games, the Esso Nationals, CIS Nationals and the NWHL Championship.
Hockey Canada launched the National Under-22 Program during the 1998-1999 season. The program provides female hockey players under the age of 22 with an opportunity to be evaluated against the best Under 22 players in Canada. The program also provides the players with an opportunity to gain international experience which includes playing on a bigger ice surface, high performance coaching, international travel and different playing styles and systems. The Under-22 program identifies and evaluates players that potentially will move on to Canada's National Women's team and/or Women's Olympic team in the future.
UNH, ranked No. 8 in the nation, has won four consecutive games and is unbeaten in its last six (5-0-1) to improve to 12-7-1 overall and 7-0-1 in Hockey East. The Wildcats play a home-and-home series this weekend (Jan. 31 - Feb. 1) and play host to Northeastern University on Feb. 6.