COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Canadian National Women’s Development Under-22 Team added some Buckeye flair to its development camp as Emma Maltais and Madison Field received invitations to participate, while OSU Head Coach Nadine Muzerall is set to lead the U22 team, Hockey Canada officials announced on Tuesday.
At the camp, the Hockey Canada coaching staff will assemble an Under-22 squad to take on an U22 team from the United States in a three-game series in Calgary, Alberta, the same location as the camp.
No stranger to the Hockey Canada sidelines, coach Muzerall will lead the Canadian U22 team against the United States team. Muzerall has experience leading U22 teams for Canada as she coached the U22 National Team at the 2017 Nations Cup, and served as an assistant coach during a 2016 series between Canada and the USA. In 2016, Muzerall was named to the coaching staff for Canada’s Nation Women’s Development Team.
“I’m very honored to be the head coach for Hockey Canada,” Muzerall said. “It’s humbling to be in this position knowing how many great coaches were here before me. I’m excited to have the chance to coach some of hockey’s most elite players in the world who will one day have the opportunity to wear our nation’s colors at the 2022 Olympics.”
Maltais had a spectacular rookie year at Ohio State where she led the Buckeyes with 40 points after playing in 37 of the 39 games. The two games she missed occurred while she was in Germany playing with the Canadian Nations Cup Team in January. Maltais has spent a considerable amount of time with Hockey Canada, starting with her stint on the U18 team in 2016 where she notched a goal and five assists in five games at the IIHF U18 World Championships. The Oakville, Ontario native went on to participate in the Hockey Canada strength and conditioning camp in 2017 ahead of a trip to the 2017 development team camp where she scored two goals and tallied an assist in four games.
“I am really excited to get things going on Thursday!” an excited Maltais said. “It is always an honor to try out to represent your country and I’m really excited to learn from the other amazing players and coaches at the camp. Getting to do this with one of my teammates and my coach just adds to the excitement”
Field, one of the alternate captains for the upcoming season, posted her second consecutive 30-point season in 2017-18. A consistent offensive threat for the Buckeyes, Field has accumulated 78 points in the Scarlet and Gray, and led the team in points during her sophomore season. Prior to her OSU career, Field competed twice for Team Ontario in the U18 Team Canada Championships, earning silver medals in 2013 and 2015.
“I am very honored and exited to be selected to the Canadian development team camp,” Field said. “I had the opportunity to play for Canada on the U18 team in 2015 and since my freshman year being part of the development team has been a goal of mine. I am excited to be recognized for my contribution to the team’s success last season and I’m especially happy to be participating alongside Emma and coach Muzerall. It is awesome to see the Ohio State hockey program being recognized nationally.”
The camp is set to run from August 4-12, and once that wraps up the trio will head back to Columbus and continue preparations for the upcoming season.