Aug. 18, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio– Hockey Canada announced the roster of 22 players, including Ohio State women’s ice hockey junior forward Jeni Creary (Jr., Shell Lake, Saskatchewan), named to Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team Sunday. The team will be facing the U.S. National Under-22 Team in a three game series Aug. 20, 21 and 23 in Pierrefonds, Quebec.

The roster announcement comes after a seven-day development camp attended by 39 of the top under-22 players in Canada. The players chosen to attend the development camp were selected by the Under-22 coaching staff (head coach Margot Page and assistant coaches Lisa MacDonald and Peter Smith) along with Wally Kozak, Team Canada’s head scout.

Creary will be competing against Ohio State head coach Jackie Barto, who is an assistant coach for the 2003 U.S. National Women’s Under-22 Select Team.

Part of Creary’s appointment to the development camp was based on her performance at a central evaluation camp hosted by the Canadian National Women’s High Performance Program at the University of Ottawa May 8-11.

Hockey Canada launched the National Under-22 Program during the 1998-1999 season. The program provides female hockey players under the age of 22 with an opportunity to be evaluated against the best Under-22 players in Canada. The program also provides the players with an opportunity to gain international experience, which includes playing on a bigger ice surface, high performance coaching, international travel and different playing styles and systems. The Under-22 program identifies and evaluates players that potentially will move on to Canada’s National Women’s team and/or Women’s Olympic team in the future.