Dec. 28, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University Freshman Emma Maltais is among the 21 players named to Canada’s National Women’s Development Team for its trip to the Nations Cup in Füssen, Germany on Jan. 3-6, 2018.
Maltais is no stranger to playing with her fellow compatriots, as she was part of the team that earned silver at the 2017 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship. “It is truly an honor to have this opportunity to represent Canada,” Maltais said. “I am incredibly excited to get started and could not have done it without the support of my coaches and teammates here at OSU.”
Through the first half of the season, Maltais leads the Buckeyes with 25 points and 17 assists. Her 1.25 points-per-game and .85 assists-per-game lead the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while her points and assists are tied for the WCHA lead.
“We’re very proud of Emma getting to represent not only her home nation, but the Buckeyes on an international stage,” OSU Head Coach Nadine Muzerall said. “It’s quite the accomplishment. She is an outstanding two-way hockey player, and the Canadians have built their national teams around great two-way players. It will be great for her to play against such a high level of competition. She has truly earned this opportunity and we can’t wait to watch her play.”
The Nations Cup – previously hosted under the names Air Canada Cup, MLP Cup, and Meco Cup – features Canada’s National Women’s Development Team as well as national teams from Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland this year for four days of competition.
Player selections were led by Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada’s general manager of national women’s team programs, and Gina Kingsbury, director of national women’s team programs for Hockey Canada, alongside the team’s coaching staff – head coach Noémie Marin (Acton Vale, Que./John Abbott College, CEGEP), assistant coaches Carla MacLeod (Calgary/Edge School, CSSHL) and Matt Desrosiers (Port Colborne, Ont./Clarkson University, ECAC), and goaltending consultant Gord Woodhall (Winnipeg/Winnipeg, MFMHL) – with input from the organization’s regional scouts.
“Following a very successful summer camp where we had the opportunity to play teams from U SPORTS and Japan, we continued to evaluate players as they embarked on regular season action with their club teams to come to this group of players who will represent Canada at the Nations Cup,” said Kingsbury, a two-time Olympic gold-medallist for Canada in women’s hockey. “These players are part of the up-and-coming Canadian talent that we are tracking as we look towards next year’s IIHF Women’s World Championship and beyond to the 2022 Games. To be able to provide opportunities for them to play high-level, international events like the Nations Cup is invaluable for them as players, and for us as a management group as we continue to build our pipeline to Canada’s National Women’s Team.”
Canada has won gold 11 times at the Nations Cup (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016).