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Hockey Canada announces roster for BFL National Women’s Team Fall Festival

The festival will be held in Liverpool, N.S., ahead of the 2020 IIHF World Championship being held in Halifax and Truro

Hockey Canada earlier this afternoon released the roster for the upcoming BFL National Women’s Team Fall Festival. Forty-seven players in total were selected to attend the Festival, which is Team Canada’s annual player training and evaluation camp.

The Fall Festival will run from Sept. 9-15 in Liverpool, N.S., and feature two intrasquad games and two games against local junior teams. Canada is hosting the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Halifax and Truro, N.S., at the end of this season.

The full camp roster can be found here. Of the 47 invitees, 22 players return from Canada’s bronze-medal-winning squad from the 2019 IIHF World Championship this past spring. Ten players also earned the call-up to the Fall Festival after their performances with the National Development Team in a three-game Under-22 Series against Team USA earlier this month.

The camp also marks the return of Olympians Meghan Agosta, Meaghan Mikkelson, and Ann-Renée Desbiens to the national team. All three players had taken time off last season after the 2018 Olympics. Forward Haley Irwin, defender Halli Krzyzaniak, and goaltender Shannon Szabados were invited to the Fall Festival but are unable to attend.

Hockey Canada also announced its coaching staff for the Fall Festival: Perry Pearn returns to serve as head coach, with Troy Ryan serving as associate coach and Doug Derraugh serving as assistant coach. Caroline Ouellette, Danielle Goyette, and Carla McLeod will all serve as camp coaches. In addition, Cassie Campbell-Pascall is serving as an advisor to the National Women’s Program.

You can find Hockey Canada’s full press release here.