Six current Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) student-athletes have been recognized among the 23 players who were selected to represent Team Canada at the 2022 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.
The tournament was set to take place in Sweden in January of 2022, but the ongoing uncertainty and changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) to cancel the championship for the second consecutive year, just two weeks before the puck dropped.
The six CSSHL student-athletes represent two B.C. programs in Delta Hockey Academy and RINK Hockey Academy Kelowna.
Jordan Baxter, Tova Henderson and Hailey MacLeod all play for the Delta Female U18 Prep team, while Brooke Disher, Jade Iginla, and Sara Swiderski are members of the RHA Kelowna U18 team.
Baxter is in her second season with Delta having recorded 26 points in 14 games this season. The forward is originally from Coquitlam, BC.
Henderson, who alongside MacLeod has committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth for the 2022/23 season, is in her fifth season in the CSSHL with Delta. In 14 games the Richmond, BC defenseman has 7 points.
Abbotsford, BC netminder MacLeod is in her second season in the CSSHL, and currently has a 2.46 GAA, .911 Save %, a 6-2-0 record and 1 shutout in 8 games.
Disher, who has committed to NCAA Division I program Boston University, is in her sixth CSSHL season and second with RHA Kelowna. The Fort St. John, BC defenseman has a league best 28 points in 18 games this season.
The son of NHL Hockey Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla, Jade Iginla is in her first CSSHL season with RHA Kelowna. In 14 games the Lake Country, BC forward has 17 points. Iginla has committed to Brown University for the 2022/23 season.
In 18 games this season Swiderski has 19 points, second to only Disher among defenseman. The Langley, BC product, who has committed to Clarkson University for the 2022/23 season, is in her second CSSHL campaign with RHA Kelowna.