This April, the world’s most decorated hockey players will go head to head and compete at the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Halifax and Truro, N.S. Hockey Canada has invited 47 of the country’s most elite skaters to attend the BFL National Women’s Team Training Camp, presented by Sobeys, hosted in Calgary, Alta. from Jan. 17 – 30, 2021.
Among those 47 selected, four are Canadian Sport School Hockey League products.
Okanagan Hockey Academy alumni defenseman Micah Zandee-Hart (2011-12) is no stranger to camp this year, having laced up for Team Canada since 2018. Last season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championships were cancelled, however in 2018, the Saanichton, B.C. native helped Canada capture the bronze medal in their matchup against Russia.
New to camp this year is Pursuit of Excellence product Sarah Potomak (2014-15), who made her debut with Canada’s national team in 2015 at the 4 Nations Cup in Sweden. Potomak is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she played NCAA for the Gophers women’s hockey program and is now rostered on the Team Scotiabank for the PWHPA Calgary Region.
Also invited to camp this year are Amy Potomak, Pursuit of Excellence alumni (2015-16) and Sophie Shirley, former Okanagan Hockey Academy student athlete (2016-17). Potomak is currently attending the University of Minnesota and Shirley is at the University of Wisconsin, where they both play NCAA hockey. Neither Potomak nor Shirley will be in attendance at camp due to school and other previous commitments.