UNH women's hockey players invited to Canada national team conditioning camp
Martine Garland

A total of 72 of Canada's top women's hockey players will be showcased at the camps, which run simultaneously from June 10-18 at Calgary, Alberta and Kitchener, Ontario.

Garland, an RBK All-America First Team selection as a sophomore defensemen at UNH in the 2005-06 season, is one of 29 players who will take part in the conditioning camp in Kitchener and Waterloo (at Wilfrid Laurier University and RIM Park Arena). Garland, who also skated on the Canada National Women's Under-22 Team in 2003 and 2004, was the NCAA national leader in defenseman scoring at 1.09 points per game, a number that ranked 25th overall. She was also No. 3 in the nation in assists at 0.94 per game. Garland ranked third on the team in assists (32) and fourth in points (37) to lead UNH blueliners in both statistics. She anchored a Wildcats' defensive unit that recorded a school-record six consecutive shutouts and ranked fourth in the nation in penalty kill (.905).

Hitchcock, an RBK All-America Second Team selection as a sophomore forward, will be one of 43 players in attendance at the Calgary camp, which will be held at three locations (Father David Bauer Arena, the University of Calgary and Optimist Arena) within Calgary. Hitchcock was the national leader in both points at 1.78 per game and power-play goals with 14; she also ranked No. 2 in assists (0.97 apg), No. 3 in goals (0.81 gpg) and 10th in both shorthanded goals (two) and game-winning goals (five). She led UNH in goals (30), assists (36) and points (66), as well as power-play goals and game-winning goals while ranking third in both plus/minus (+39) and shooting percentage (.190).

Craig, who also completed her sophomore year at UNH in 2005-06, will join Hitchcock in Calgary. The forward finished the season ranked No. 18 in the nation in both goals (0.59 per game) and power-play goals (seven). Craig ranked fourth on the team in goals (20) as well as fifth in points (35) and third in power-play goals. In addition, Craig recorded a team-high shooting percentage of .241 (20 goals/83 shots).

Garland, Hitchcock and Craig helped lead New Hampshire to a 33-3-1 overall record in which the Wildcats won the Hockey East regular season and tournament titles, earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship and advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time since the tourney's inception in 2001.

The players invited to Hockey Canada's two National Women's Team Conditioning Camps were identified by Hockey Canada Head Scout Wally Kozak, in collaboration with regional scouts and the 2005-06 coaching staffs of the National Women's Team and the National Women's Under-22 Team.

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