By Carter Brooks
Photo by Michelle Jay
The 23-member Canadian National Women's Team has been determined.
The Canadian women will face off against Team USA in a three-game Rivalry Series in mid-February in Ontario and Michigan. Three Manitobans were selected to take part in this tournament as a part of Team Canada.
Neepawa's Halli Krzyzaniak, Ste. Anne's Jocelyne Larocque and Mallard's Brigette Lacquette will be three of the team's seven defencemen. Krzyzaniak, who will be 24 by the Rivalry Series, will be the youngest blueliner on the squad, while Larocque, 30, will be the team's eldest defender.
Krzyzaniak is playing in her first season with the Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women's Hockey League, where she has three goals and seven points in 21 games. Lacquette, Krzyzaniak's teammate in Calgary has two goals and 18 points in 21 games with the Inferno. Larocque is in her eighth season of professional play, and has five assists in 19 games for the Markham Thunder, also of the CWHL.
Canada will play three games against the States, beginning on February 12 in London, Ontario, February 14th at Scotiabank Arena, before travelling to Detroit for the final game of the mini-series on February 17th. 17 of the players on Team Canada - including Krzyzaniak and Lorocque - won silver with Canada at the 2018 4 Nations Cup, while 14 of the players also earned a silver medal at the 2018 Olympics, including Larocque and Lacquette.