April 13, 2017
Columbus, Ohio— Kassidy Sauve and Emma Maltais are among those invited to Team Canada’s summer strength and conditioning camp, which will run from May 3-7 in Hamilton, Ontario.
The 30 development players (the classification that includes Sauve and Maltais) and 50 under-18 women attending the camp will be focusing entirely on off-ice sessions, which include dryland training, fitness-testing, and physical and mental preparation.
Per Hockey Canada’s release: as Canada’s National Women’s Team prepares for Olympic centralization, a smaller, targeted group of development team-aged players (born 1996-1999) have been invited to this year’s strength and conditioning camp. Following a similar scouting process for this group, this camp represents the initial step in the selection process for the 2017-18 season.
Both Sauve and Maltais have experience competing for their country. Most notably, Sauve saw time as a goalie for Team Canada’s 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship-winning squad, while Maltais skated with the team most recently at the 2016 and 2017 IIHF U18 World Championships. She also helped Canada win their annual series against Team USA in 2015 by scoring two goals as the youngest player on the entire team.
This past season for the Buckeyes Sauve was named a second team All-American, the first goaltender in program history to earn that honor after setting single-season school records in saves and save percentage. Maltais will be making her OSU debut in the fall after a prolific playing career with the Oakville Hornets of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL).