Kennetcook boxer has one goal in mind – the Olympics
KENNETCOOK, N.S. - He attacks the punching bag with the ferocity of a carnivore attacking its prey, but when he’s not throwing punches, Wyatt Sanford has a grin about a mile wide.
Blayre Turnbull of Canada during the final of the 2015 4 Nations Tournament between the USA and Canada game at the Sundsvall Energi Arena, November 8, 2015, Sundsvall, Sweden.
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NEW GLASGOW, N.S. - Stellarton's Blayre Turnbull could represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Hockey Canada's National Women’s Team has announced the 28 players that will be centralized in Calgary throughout the 2017-18 season in preparation for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea and Turnbull is one of two Nova Scotians on the list.
The centralization roster includes three goaltenders, nine defencemen, and 16 forwards, and features 14 players who won gold at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. It also includes 21 players who captured silver at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Plymouth, Mich.
The roster was selected by head coach Laura Schuler alongside Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada’s general manager of national women’s team programs, and included support from Hockey Canada regional scouts, assistant coaches Dwayne Gylywoychuk and Troy Ryan (who formerly coached the Weeks Jr. A Crushers), and goaltending coach Brad Kirkwood.
“We’re looking forward to continuing our preparation for PyeongChang with this dedicated group of athletes,” said Schuler. “It was a difficult process selecting the 28 players that will vie for a spot on Canada’s Olympic roster and we’re excited to be one step closer in that journey.”
All 28 players named to Canada’s National Women’s Team centralization roster will begin their preparation with fitness testing in late May. Details on the location of camp will be announced next week.
The players and staff will come together in Calgary this August on a full-time basis with Hockey Canada, based out of the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park. As part of the preparation for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the 2017-18 season will be highlighted by the 2017 4 Nations Cup and other games that will be announced at a later date.
Canada’s final 23-player roster for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games is tentatively scheduled to be determined in late December.