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Hockey Canada 2009–10 Hockey Canada
Four Nations Cup Champions
Olympic Gold Medal
MLP Cup champions
IIHF Under 18 champions
Conference IIHF
2009–10 Record 30-11
Head Coach Melody Davidson
Captain Hayley Wickenheiser
Alternate captains Jayna Hefford, Caroline Ouellette
Arena Father David Bauer Arena
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The 2009–10 women's national hockey team will represent Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Prior to the games, the national team will participate in various tournaments during the 2009–10 season. The team will attempt to win the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics. The head coach is Melody Davidson, and she is assisted by former Vancouver Canucks player Doug Lidster and Peter Smith.

News and notesEdit


Hayley Wickenheiser, right, alternate captains Jayna Hefford and Caroline Ouellette pose for a photo after the Canadian women's hockey team for the 2010 Olympics was announced in Calgary on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009.

  • April 17, 2009: Dawson Creek, British Columbia was selected to host the National Women’s team's conditioning camp from May 25 to June 17. The team was based at the EnCana Events Centre in Dawson Creek for the 24-day camp. Twenty-six players were invited for centralization and were competing for 21 roster spots for the team that would compete in ice hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[1]
  • September 1, 2009: Hayley Wickenheiser became the first player on the Canadian women's hockey team to break the 300 career-point barrier Tuesday in Canada's 10-2 win over Finland at the Canada Cup.[2]
  • September 21, 2009: The women's team's performance at the 2002 Winter Games was voted by fans as the No. 2 Canadian Olympic Winter Games moment of all time.[3] The 3-2 win over the United States gave Canada its first gold medal in women's hockey, and a measure of revenge for the loss to the Americans four years earlier in Nagano, Japan. The accomplishment will be featured on a Canadian circulation coin to be released on November 17, 2009. The artist of the coin is Jason Bouwman.[4]
OuelletteOthers Calgary

In preparing for the pre-Olympic training camp in Calgary, Caroline Ouellette, Charline Labonte, Kim St. Pierre and Marie-Philip Poulin temporarily relocated from Quebec to Calgary.

  • On February 5, Hayley Wickenheiser made news when she put a teenage Dane Phaneuf in a headlock. Phaneuf plays for the Edmonton South Side Athletics, 15 to 17year old boys from the Alberta Midget Hockey League. Phaneuf’s older brother, Dion plays in the National Hockey League. The reason for the headlock was that there were concerns about Phaneuf’s aggressive play. The video highlight of the headlock made national news.[5]
  • February 11: Wickenheiser delivered the Athlete’s Oath at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. [6]
  • Melody Davidson revealed after the gold medal game that the team left the Olympic Village for two exhibition games against the Vancouver Northwest Giants boys AAA midget team during the Olympics. The first game was held the night before the opening ceremonies. The final game was on February 19.[7]

Meaghan Mikkelson, Becky Kellar, Catherine Ward, Tessa Bonhomme, Carla Macleod and Colleen Sostorics celebrate their gold medal on the ice by forming the shape of the Innukshuk.

  • February 26: The International Olympic Committee announced that it would investigate the after ice celebration of several Canadian women's hockey players. The cause for the investigation is the concern about the use of beer and cigars on the ice in Vancouver. Another cause for concern was 18-year-old Marie-Philip Poulin was drinking alcohol on the ice[8] (the legal drinking age in British Columbia is 19.) The team had been on the ice for more than 70 minutes after the medal ceremony (only media and arena staff were present).[9] The antics drew heavy criticism from within, and outside of, Canada.
  • February 28: After winning the gold medal, Canada has once again earned the number one ranking in the IIHF Women’s World Ranking. Canada's men are also ranked first in the IIHF Men’s World Ranking.[10]
  • April 12:Meghan Agosta, Jayna Hefford and Cherie Piper were among thirteen Canadian Olympic medallists attending the home opener of the 2010 Toronto Blue Jays season on Monday, April 12 versus the Chicago White Sox. The medallists will enjoy a meet and greet with the Blue Jays players at a pre-game batting practice and participate in the Ceremonial First Pitch.


  • June 28:The Canadian men's and women's hockey teams picked up rings commemorating their double gold victory in Vancouver. The rings are diamond-encrusted with the Olympic logo in the centre. The rings were handed out as part of Hockey Canada's "Canada Celebrates" ceremony in the Alberta capital.[12]
Vaillancourt Olympicring

Team Canada gold medal hockey players Sidney Crosby (bottom, left) and Ryan Getzlaf (bottom, right) react as women’s hockey team members Sarah Vaillancourt and Rebecca Johnston (left) show off their new Olympic rings at the Canada Celebrates event in Edmonton

Hockey cardsEdit

  • Various members of the national team are featured in the 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Card set, distributed by Upper Deck.[13] The checklist is as follows:
Card number Player
CB-BK Becky Kellar
CB-CLCharline Labonté
CB-CMCarla MacLeod
CB-COCaroline Ouellette
CB-CSColleen Sostorics
CB-CWCatherine Ward
CB-GAGillian Apps
CB-GFGillian Ferrari
CB-GKGina Kingsbury
CB-HIHaley Irwin
CB-HWHayley Wickenheiser
CB-JBJennifer Botterill
CB-JHJayna Hefford
CB-KSKim St-Pierre
CB-MAMeghan Agosta
CB-MMMeaghan Mikkelson
CB-MPMarie-Philip Poulin
CB-RJRebecca Johnston
CB-SSShannon Szabados
CB-SVSarah Vaillancourt

International exhibition gamesEdit

  • January 1: Jayna Hefford scored the only goal in the shootout goal (Charline Labonté stopped all three American shooters) as Canada beat the U.S. by a score of 3-2. Before the match, Hefford was honoured for reaching the 200-game plateau in November.[14] The game was played in front of 16,347 fans at Scotiabank Place. It was the largest Canadian crowd to watch a women's hockey game, surpassing the previous mark of 15,163 set Jan. 26, 1998 at the Calgary Saddledome.[15]
Date Opponent Location Time Score
Aug. 15, 2009 Sweden Calgary, AB 19:00 pm 7-2[16]
Oct. 5, 2009 USA Victoria, BC (Save on Foods Centre) 19:00 PM 3-1[17]
Oct. 16, 2009 USA Spokane, WA (Spokane Arena) 19:00 PM 5-2[18]
Dec. 12, 2009 USA Denver, CO (Magness Arena)[19] TBD 4-2[20]
Dec. 15, 2009 USA Calgary, AB TBD6-2[21]
Dec. 30, 2009 USA St. Paul, MN (Xcel Energy Center) 19:00 PM 2-1[22]
Jan. 1, 2010 USA Ottawa, ON 19:00 PM 3-2 (Shootout)


Intrasquad gamesEdit

Under-22 seriesEdit

The Canadian national team participated in a three-game series against the Canadian under-22 national team. All games were played at the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary, Alberta.

Date Score Notes
Aug. 17, 2009 National team, 4-3 Two points by Meghan Agosta[24]
Aug. 18, 2009 National team, 5-2 Two points by Meghan Agosta[25]
Aug. 20, 2009 National team, 10-0 Two goals by Meghan Agosta[26] and Hayley Wickenheiser

Red and White GamesEdit

  • The national team competes in intersquad games in Calgary. One team dons red jerseys, while the other team wears white jerseys.
Date Time Location Notes
Sept. 28, 2009 19:00 PM White 5, Red 2[27] Hayley Wickenheiser scored four goals and Haley Irwin added one of her own for White in its victory over Red
Oct. 26, 2009[28]


Jayna Hefford has scored 19 goals in 20 games versus boys' midget AAA teams during this pre-Olympic season.[29]

Icebreaker TournamentEdit

  • All games were held at Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary.
Date Opponent Score
Sept. 24, 2009 Calgary Flames Midget AAA Win, 3-2[30]
Sept. 25, 2009 Calgary Bisons Win, 6-5
Sept. 26, 2009 Calgary Royals Win, 3-2[31]
Sept. 27, 2009 Calgary Royals (Championship Game) Win, 5-4[32]

2009 Canada CupEdit

Date Opponent Time Score
August 31, 2009 Sweden19:30 PM Win, 7-0
Sep 1, 2009 Finland 19:30 PM Win, 10-2
Sep 3, 2009 USA19:30 PM Loss, 4-2
Sep 5, 2009 Sweden (Semifinal)19:30 PM Win, 7-2
Sep 6, 2009 USA (Final)19:30 PM Loss, 2-1


NWT Midget SeriesEdit

Date Opponent Location Time Score
Oct. 2, 2009 Red Deer Optimist Rebels Red Deer Arena 20:00 pm 4-2[34]
Oct. 7, 2009 Medicine Hat AAA Tigers Medicine Hat Arena 19:30 pm 4-2[35]
Oct. 8, 2009 Lethbridge Titans Henderson Ice Centre 19:30 pm 3-4[36]
Oct. 13, 2009 Calgary Buffaloes Father David Bauer Olympic Arena 19:30 pm 4-3 (OT)
Oct. 20, 2009 Grande Prairie Coca Cola Centre 19:00 pm 5-1
Oct. 21, 2009 Edmonton KC Clareview Arena 19:45 pm 3-0
Oct. 22, 2009 UFA Strathmore Family Centre 18:45 pm 0-6[37]
Oct. 27, 2009 Calgary Flames Juniors Father David Bauer Olympic Arena 19:30 pm 5-2
Nov. 17, 2009 Calgary Royals Father David Bauer Olympic Arena 19:30 pm 2-4
Nov. 19, 2009 Edmonton SSAC Confederation Arena 19:30 pm 6-1
Nov. 20, 2009 Leduc Leduc Recreation Centre 19:30 pm 7-5
Nov. 24, 2009 Calgary Northstars Father David Bauer Olympic Arena 19:30 pm 4-3 (Shootout)
Nov. 26, 2009 Calgary Buffaloes Father David Bauer Olympic Arena 19:30 pm 3-4
Dec. 1, 2009 Red Deer Red Deer Arena 19:15 pm 1-3
Dec. 3, 2009 Calgary Northstars Father David Bauer Olympic Arena 19:30 pm 7-1
Dec. 5, 2009 Calgary Canucks Max Bell Centre 19:30 pm 3-2
Jan 13, 2010 Edmonton CACEdmonton, AB19:45 PM8-4[38]
Jan 19, 2010 Fort Saskatchewan RangersFort Saskatchewan, AB19:30 PM3-5[39]

Alberta Lottery SeriesEdit

Date Opponent Location Time Score
Oct. 13, 2009 Calgary Buffaloes Father David Bauer Arena 19:30 pm 4-3 (OT)[40]
Oct. 20, 2009 Grande Prairie Coca-Cola Arena 19:00 pm 5-1[41]
Oct. 21, 2009 Edmonton Knights of Columbus Clearview Arena 19:45 pm 3-0[42]
Oct. 22, 2009 UFA Bisons Strathmore Arena 18:45 pm 0-6[43]

Four Nations CupEdit

  • All games to be held in Finland.
Date Opponent Location Time Score
Nov 3, 2009 Sweden Vierumaki 18:30 PM4-0
Nov 4, 2009 Finland Kerava 18:30 PM4-2
Nov 4, 2009 USA Vierumaki 18:30 PM2-3
Nov 7, 2009 USA (Gold Medal game) Tikkurila20:00 PM5-1[44]



  • December 21: Head coach Melody Davidson, head coach of Canada's women's Olympic hockey team, made final cuts to her roster, in preparation for the Olympic Games. The players that were cut included Gillian Ferrari, Jennifer Wakefield, Delaney Collins, Brianne Jenner and Jocelyne Larocque.[46]
  • Marie-Philip Poulin is the youngest player on the 2010 Olympic team.[47]
Number Name Position Height Club
1 Shannon SzabadosG 5'8" Grant MacEwan
2 Meghan AgostaF 5'7" Mercyhurst
3 Carla MacLeodD 5'4" Calgary Oval X-Treme
4 Becky KellarD5'7" Burlington Barracudas
5 Colleen SostoricsD 5'4" Calgary Oval X-Treme
6 Rebecca JohnstonF 5'7" Cornell University
7 Cherie PiperF 5'6" Calgary Oval X-Treme
10 Gillian AppsF 6'0" Brampton Thunder
12 Meaghan MikkelsonD5'9" Edmonton Chimos
13 Caroline OuelletteF5'11" Montreal Stars
16 Jayna HeffordF 5'5" Brampton Thunder
17 Jennifer BotterillF5'9" Mississauga Chiefs
18Catherine WardD5'6" McGill Martlets
21 Haley IrwinF 5'7 University of Minnesota-Duluth
22 Hayley WickenheiserF 5'10" Ekilstuna Linden (Sweden)
25 Tessa BonhommeD 5'7" Calgary Oval X-Treme
26 Sarah VaillancourtF 5'6" Harvard University
27 Gina KingsburyF 5'8" Calgary Oval X-Treme
29 Marie-Philip PoulinF 5'6" Dawson College
32 Charline LabontéG 5'9" McGill Martlets
33 Kim St. PierreG 5'9" Montreal Stars

[48]*The following played for Team Canada prior to December 21.

Number Name Position Height Club
9 Gillian FerrariD5'8" Calgary Oval X-Treme
19 Brianne JennerF 5'9" Mississauga Chiefs
20 Jennifer WakefieldF 5'9" University of New Hampshire
23 Jocelyne LarocqueD5'6" University of Minnesota-Duluth
34 Delaney CollinsD 5'4" Calgary Oval X-Treme

Player statsEdit

  • Stats are as of October 2, 2009.


Player Goals Assists Points PIM
Meghan Agosta 7 916
Jayna Hefford4812
Caroline Ouellette 4610
Rebecca Johnston 639
Haley Irwin 5 27
Marie-Philip Poulin4 37
Sarah Vaillancourt 2 5 7
Jennifer Botterill 3 36
Jennifer Wakefield2 46
Colleen Sostorics1 56
Hailey Wickenheiser3 25
Cherie Piper1 56
Gillian Apps 2 24
Catherine Ward0 44
Brianne Jenner2 13
Gillian Ferrari 033
Becky Kellar0 33
Meghan Mikkelson033
Delaney Collins022
Tessa Bonhomme0 1 1
Carla McLeod 0 1 1


Szabados has faced 116 shots in five games. St-Pierre has faced 85 shots in four games.

  • September 3, 2009, was goalie Shannon Szabados' first loss (2-4 versus US). Up to that point, her record was 9-0.[49]
Player Games played Minutes Goals against Wins Losses Ties Shutouts Save % Goals against average
Shannon Szabados 5 300 10 4 0 0 0 2.00
Kim St. Pierre 4 240 12 4 0 0 1 3.00

2010 OlympicsEdit

In the first three games, Canada took their goal total at the 2010 Games to 41 in three matches.


Members of the Olympic women's team celebrate after winning the gold medal.

  • February 14: Canada defeated Slovakia by a record-setting score of 18-0 in their opening game of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games on Saturday. Jayna Hefford and Meghan Agosta scored three goals each for Canada who set a record for the most lopsided win women's Olympic hockey tournament history. Canada also held the previous record for the biggest blowout, a 16-0 demolition of host Italy at the Torino 2006 Olympic Games. Hefford finished with a game-high six points in front of a crowd of 16,496 at the Canada Hockey Place arena. Slovakia was making their first appearance in the women's tournament as they were promoted to the top level after winning the qualifying event. Slovakia was outshot 67-9.[50]
  • International ice hockey chief René Fasel defended the inclusion of women's hockey in the Olympic Games Sunday by stating one-sided blowouts like Canada's 18-0 thrashing of Slovakia were once a part of the men's game.[51] The IIHF president also said hockey fans are going to have to get used to the disparity between superpowers Canada and the US and the rest of the Olympic field until they can develop more female players in non-traditional hockey-playing countries. The Canadian women said they never thought twice Saturday about not running up the score against lowly Slovakia doesn't help their cause. In fact, some players stated they were giving Slovakia a taste of its own medicine as the Slovaks qualification to the Olympics included an 82-0 thumping of hockey newcomer Bulgaria.[52]

March 13: Oilers player Ethan Moreau and Leafs player Francois Beauchemin are on each end, while Olympians (l-r) Tessa Bonhomme, Becky Kellar and Jayna Hefford of the gold medal-winning women's hockey team, golden ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and gold medallist bobsledder Heather Moyse participate in a ceremonial faceoff at Air Canada Centre.

  • On February 17, Hayley Wickenheiser became the all-time leading Olympic goal scorer as Canada defeated Sweden 13-1. Wickenheiser reached her record total of 16 career Olympic goals by scoring once on Wednesday as Canada followed up their 18-0 win over Slovakia and 10-1 defeat of Switzerland.[53] In addition, Meghan Agosta scored a record third Olympic hat-trick in the match against Sweden to move on to eight goals in this tournament, equalling Danielle Goyette's record for most goals in one Olympic tournament, set in 1998.[54]


Date Opponent Location Time Score Record
Feb. 13 Slovakia Canada Hockey Place 5:00 PM (PST) 18 - 0 1-0
Feb. 15 Switzerland UBC Thunderbird Arena 2:30 PM (PST) 10 - 1 2-0
Feb. 17 Sweden UBC Thunderbird Arena 2:30 PM (PST) 13-1[55] 3-0
Feb. 22 Finland UBC Thunderbird Arena 17:00 PM 5-0[56]4-0
Feb. 25 USA General Motors Place 17:00 PM 2-05-0


Olympic statsEdit

Lunn 2010

The Honorable Gary Lunn congratulates the Canadian women's hockey team on their gold-medal win. From right to left: Caroline Ouellette, Marie-Philip Poulin, Jennifer Botterill and Jayna Hefford.


Player Goals Assists Points PIM Shots +/-
Meghan Agosta9615 2 25 14
Gillian Apps 3 4 7 2 20 10
Jennifer Botterill 0220 77
Tessa Bonhomme2 24 0 7 12
Jayna Hefford 571282615
Haley Irwin5 16 4 28 8
Rebecca Johnston 1 56 2 18 9
Becky Kellar0 4 4 6514
Gina Kingsbury 2 136185
Carla Macleod 2 3 5 2 9 13
Meaghan Mikkelson0 0 0 2 911
Caroline Ouellette2911 21412
Cherie Piper5510 0 1212
Marie-Phillip Poulin 527 2 14 7
Colleen Sostorics 1 56 2 7 13
Sarah Vaillancourt3 586147
Catherine Ward 134 4615
Hayley Wickenheiser 2911 0 25 14

[58] [59][60][61]


Player Games Played Minutes Goals Against Wins Losses Shutouts Save % Goals Against Average
Charline Labonte 1 20 1 0 0 1 88.9 1.00
Kim St. Pierre 2 100 0 2 0 2 100.00.00
Shannon Szabados 3 180 1 3 0 1 98.0 0.33

Under-22 teamEdit

  • The head coach of the under-22 team was Margot Page.[62] She was assisted by Jim Fetter of Wayne State University and Stephanie White of Ryerson University.
  • January 10: Vicki Bendus scored a goal and added two assists for the Canadian national women's under-22 team in the gold medal game of the 2010 MLP Cup. Canada defeated Switzerland, 9-0 in Ravensburg, Germany. The Canadian team won all four of their games by a combined score of 24-4, and secured their seventh goal medal in the past eight years. In three games, Bendus, Jesse Scanzano and Bailey Bram (from the Mercyhurst Lakers women's ice hockey team) combined for seven goals and 18 points.[63] Benuds and Bram were tied for the tournament lead in scoring, and Bendus was named the tournament's top forward.[64]

MLP CupEdit

Date Opponent Score Record Notes
Monday January 4 Germany 5-1[65] 1-0 Emmanuelle Blais and Carolyne Prevost had two assists
Tuesday January 5 Switzerland4-1[66] 2-0 Natalie Spooner and Mallory Deluce finished with a goal and an assist each
Thursday January 7 Germany7-0[67] 3-0 Brianne Jenner and Bailey Bram finished with a goal and two assists each
Friday January 8 Sweden4-3 (OT)[68] 4-0 Natalie Spooner scored the game winning goal
Saturday January 9 Switzerland9-0 5-0 Canada won gold at the MLP Cup for the seventh time in eight years

Under-18 teamEdit

  • March 1: Hockey Canada announced its roster for the team competing at the third ever IIHF Under 18 Women's World Championships. The head coach is Dan Church and he is assisted by Pierre Alain and Lisa Jordan. The roster includes six players who took part in the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship:
  • Jessica Campbell
  • Christine Bestland
  • Mélodie Daoust
  • Laurie Kingsbury
  • Jamie Lee Rattray
  • Jillian Saulnier[69]


Flag of Canada Canada 330002939
Flag of Sweden Sweden 320019136
Flag of Germany Germany 310027213
Flag of Russia Russia 300035130


Date Opponent Score Record Notes
March 27 Russia 6-3[70] 1-0 Brigette Lacquette scored a goal and added two assists
March 28 Germany 15-0[71] 2-0 Jessica Campbell had two goals and four assists while 10 players had at least two points
March 30 Sweden8-0[72] 3-0 Eight different players scored at least one goal
April 2 Germany (Semifinal) 10-0[73] 4-0 Jessica Campbell and Jillian Saulnier each scored two goals and an assist
April 3 United States (Final) 5-4 (OT)[74] 5-0 Jessica Campbell scores overtime winner

See alsoEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Olympic Team
    • Media All-Star Team
    • G – Shannon Szabados
    • F – Meghan Agosta
    • F – Marie-Philip Poulin
    • Olympic MVP – Meghan Agosta (CAN)
  • Directorate Awards
    • Best Goalkeeper: Shannon Szabados
    • Best Forward: Meghan Agosta
  • Under-18 team
    • Jessica Campbell, Tournament MVP
    • Brigette Lacquette was named Best Defenceman by the Directorate


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