Abbotsford’s Hailey MacLeod has received an invite to Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp.
The camp runs from Dec. 26 to 31 in St. Catharines, Ont. and will ultimately choose a roster for the 2022 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, which runs from Jan. 8 to 15 in Sweden.
The 17-year-old goaltender played minor hockey in both Abbotsford and Langley, before joining the Greater Vancouver Comets. She is currently involved with the Delta Hockey Academy and attends North Delta Secondary School.
She has committed to the University of Minnesota Duluth and will be a Bulldog starting in the fall of 2022.
MacLeod also attended both the Hockey Canada National Women’s Under-18 Team Summer Development Camp in Calgary and the BC Hockey U18 Female Program of Excellence Provincial Camp in July and August.
The roster for the camp later this month consists of 24 forwards, 12 defence and four goaltenders will be split into two teams for on-ice skills sessions, practices and intrasquad games. With the cancellation of the 2021 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, this will be the first time in almost two years Canada’s best women’s U18 players will be able to test their skills and compete in this short-term international competition.
“This is an exciting time for this group of dedicated athletes, who have waited nearly two years for a chance to compete on the international stage,” stated Gina Kingsbury, director of hockey operations with Hockey Canada. “We were able to gather together in the summer to train, compete and play some games in a competitive setting. With the world championship right around the corner, our athletes and coaching staff are eager for this opportunity to get back on the ice and put our off-ice work into practice, with a goal of representing Canada and competing for a gold medal.”
MacLeod is one of seven B.C. talents invited to the camp.