The 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship starts Saturday, Apr. 7, in Burlington, Vt. Julie Chu from the United States team and Canadian team member Meghan Agosta will be blogging for NHL.com about their experiences during the tournament.
Growing up, everyone has a goal and a dream they try to fulfill. Representing your country is a dream many girls are trying to accomplish. In 2011, Canada had 85,827 female hockey players registered. Only 23 will have the opportunity to represent their country on an international stage at the Women’s World Championship.
(Photo: Hockey Canada)
It was on March 1, 2012 that the start of a journey where a little girl’s dream could possibly become reality. It was the day when Hockey Canada announced the National Women’s Team selection camp roster for the 2012 IIHF Women’s World Championship. The selection camp was held March 26 through March 31 in Ottawa. For some, it was another opportunity to represent their country and for others, it was their first time to try and make the squad.
The camp started out with testing, in which the girls would test their endurance, strength and explosive power, followed by four days of practices and three exhibition games before the cuts were made. On April 1, the final roster was announced and the team was off to Jay Peak, Vermont. Playing with players that have talent always makes the game easier to play. The harder someone works, the better they are and the better they make the players around them. The leadership of team veterans is also vital, teaching the younger generation what it takes to be a professional athlete.
Preparation is always the key to being successful. Arriving in Jay Peak and practicing for the first time as a team was another step in the right direction. These few days together helped prepare us for the upcoming world championship. Every opportunity we have to put that jersey on and represent our country is another chance to be successful.
Our first game of the tournament is against Team USA. It will be a tough game, but there is no doubt that Canada is prepared to do whatever it takes. This game is so important because it could give the winning team home-ice advantage throughout the tournament. The past two weeks have been a battle, and it has prepared Team Canada to face any kind of adversity that is thrown its way. One day at a time, Canada will pave the way to continue on the road to fulfilling that dream of wearing that gold medal at the end of the tournament.