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Hockey Canada finalizes women's roster for Sochi

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The Canadian Press
12/23/2013 12:52:42 PM
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The Canadian women's Olympic hockey team has been finalized.

The 21-player roster comprises a dozen players who helped Canada win gold at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, including Hayley Wickenheiser, Jayna Heffford and Caroline Ouellette.

Forwards Vicki Bendus and Bailey Bram and defenceman Courtney Birchard were released.

Twenty-seven players were invited to try out for the team and began training full-time in Calgary in August.

The team recently had a coaching change. Former NHL player and coach Kevin Dineen stepped in last week when Dan Church abruptly resigned.

Canada will play the U.S. in exhibition games Saturday in Minnesota and again next Monday in Toronto.

Goaltenders

Shannon Szabados, Edmonton; Genevieve Lacasse, Kingston, Ont., Charline Labonte, Boisbriand, Que.

Defence

Jocelyne Larocque, Ste. Anne, Man.; Lauriane Rougeau, Beaconsfield, Que.; Laura Fortino, Hamilton, Ont.; Meaghan Mikkelson, St. Albert, Alta.; Catherine Ward, Montreal; Tara Watchorn, Newcastle, Ont.

Forwards

Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Ruthven, Ont.; Rebecca Johnston, Sudbury, Ont.; Jennifer Wakefield, Pickering, Ont.; Gillian Apps, Unionville, Ont.; Caroline Ouellette, Montreal, Que.; Melodie Daoust, Valleyfield, Que.; Jayna Hefford, Kingston, Ont.; Brianne Jenner, Oakville, Ont.; Haley Irwin, Thunder Bay, Ont.; Hayley Wickenheiser, Shaunavon, Sask.; Natalie Spooner, Toronto; Marie-Philip Poulin, Beauceville, Que.

Head coach: Kevin Dineen, Toronto; Assistant coaches: Danielle Goyette, St. Nazaire, Que., Lisa Haley, Westville, N.S.

Hayley Wickenheiser  (Photo: Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
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