COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hockey Canada has invited 47 of the nation’s top female players to attend the BFL National Women’s Team Fall Festival, including Ohio State women’s ice hockey forward Emma Maltais. The annual camp is set for Sept. 9-15 in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.
“I’m honored to have been invited to this year’s Fall Festival,” said Maltais. “To even be listed beside those who are the best is very special and I can’t wait for the week ahead!”
Maltais is one of 15 current collegiate players selected to the roster. Player selections, announced by Hockey Canada on Tuesday, were led by Gina Kingsbury, Hockey Canada’s director of women’s national teams and Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada’s head scout for women’s national teams.
In August, Maltais was selected by Hockey Canada to be part of the 23-player roster that competed against the United States in a three-game series in Lake Placid. She came away from the series with three assists for Team Canada.
The BFL National Women’s Team Fall Festival is an annual training camp aimed at helping develop and evaluate the nation’s top female players. It marks the first opportunity for the coaching staff to work with the athletes on and off the ice this season, and is a critical component of selecting the team that will go for gold at the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship next spring in Halifax and Truro, N.S.