YARMOUTH, N.S. – Months ago Yarmouth’s Allie Munroe said it was a dream come true to get the opportunity to potentially play for your country. It’s a dream she’s still chasing.
Munroe, who attended a camp for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team in Ontario in May is now heading to Calgary in August for another round at camp.
She’s been invited back to a camp that runs Aug. 7-13.
Munroe, who plays defence, is one of two Nova Scotian included on the National Women’s Development Team Summer Showcase roster. The other Nova Scotian is Savannah Newton who plays defence and is from Lower Sackville. There are 12 defence on the roster, along with 24 forwards and six goaltenders.
There is also a Canada National Women’s Under-18 Team camp happening in Calgary at the same time. There are two Nova Scotians on that roster: foward Brette Pettet of Kentville and Julia Scammell of Truro who plays defence.
Hockey Canada refers to the players invited to these two national camps as 85 of the “top women’s players in the country.”
“The depth of talent across Canada at the under-18 and development level will be on display,” says Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada’s general manager of national women’s team programs.
At the camp Munroe is attending, a Hockey Canada media release says the 42 players will be split into two teams and will take part in practices and intrasquad games, as well as off-ice dryland training, fitness testing, and classroom sessions. The camp will also include Sweden’s national women’s team, and a select team of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) players.
Of the 42 players invited to selection camp, and also the 22 members of the select CIS team, 23 players will be selected to play for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team in a three-game series against the United States happening Aug. 17-20 in Calgary.
Players selected for this series will continue to be scouting for other opportunities. Hockey Canada says its scouts, along with the team’s coaching staff, will continue to evaluate players with their own teams during the 2016-17 season for consideration when it comes to selecting the Canadian team that will compete at the 2017 Nations Cup in Germany, as well as for possible invites to camps and events with Canada’s National Women’s Team.
Munroe, 19, and the daughter of Linda and Maurice Munroe, has played on many provincial teams during her years of hockey, representing Nova Scotia at various competitions. She was captain of the Nova Scotia team that competed at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in British Columbia.
After playing minor hockey at the highest rep levels in Yarmouth, and then playing bantam major out of Liverpool, during her midget-aged years Munroe played hockey at a prep school in New Hampshire.
This past year, after being awarded a four-year, full athletic scholarship, she played Division 1 NCAA women’s hockey at Syracuse University in the state of New York.
Munroe has consistently told this newspaper she is always appreciative of the ongoing support she receives from home.