COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s ice hockey forward, Emma Maltais was named to the 23-player roster that will represent the Canadian National Team in a two-game series against the United States Nov. 8-10. Both games will take place in Cranberry Township, Pa. at the UPMMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Puck drop on Friday, Nov. 8 is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET while Sunday’s game will start at 1 p.m. ET.
“It’s really exciting and such an honor to be listed among some of the best and some of those who I’ve watched growing up,” Maltais said. “I’m really excited to learn from those around me and hopefully I can contribute to the team as well.”
In preparation for the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship, Hockey Canada and USA Hockey joined together for the series as a way for both nations to showcase the top players in a friendly competition. In the 147 all-time meetings between the two nations, Canada has 83 wins.
“Emma has put a lot of hard work in especially in the summer and throughout this season,” assistant coach Emily West said. “To see it finally paying off for her I think is very exciting not only for her but for her teammates and the culture she brings to our team.”
This is Maltais’ first call-up to the full national team. Over the summer she was selected to be part of the 23-player roster that competed against the United States in a three-game series in Lake Placid after attending the Team Canada Summer Showcase. In the series Maltais tallied two assists in Canada’s 2-1 over USA in the final game. Also on the November roster is 2012 Ohio State graduate and Olympic gold medalist, Natalie Spooner.
“This is a unique season for our national team, and the opportunity to play the United States will complement the variety of campus and programs we have scheduled to ensure our athletes are competing at the highest level,” director of women’s national teams Gina Kingsbury said. “Working with USA Hockey on this series will not only provide fans an opportunity to watch the best players from both countries, it will benefit our programs as we continue to evaluate our athletes in advance of the world championships.”
The matchup between Hockey Canada and USA Hockey will take place during Ohio State’s bye weekend. This weekend the Scarlet and Gray is traveling to Mankato to face Minnesota State and will face off against Minnesota and Bemidji State before Maltais travels to Pennsylvania. “Ohio State always is so amazing in practices and games to prepare me and obviously I’ll be doing extra work off the ice to take care of my body before I leave,” Maltais said.