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Women’s Nextgen National program

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Sport Canada defines ‘Next Gen’ as athletes who are 5-8 years away from an Olympic/World Cup podium. The Field Hockey Canada Women’s Next Gen national program is a collection of young athletes from across the country. These players train and compete in their regional training centres located in BC, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. It is from this athlete pool that coaches draw for Junior and Youth international competitions. The Next Gen pathway also serves as the development pipeline for the senior Women’s National Team.

As we move into 2022, there will be a few changes in the structure and composition of our Next Gen Programming. Further details here (Next Gen Information)

  1. A three tiered Next Gen structure to allow clearer movement on the athlete pathway from NG to the senior team.
  2. The introduction of formalized junior national teams (u16/u18)
  3. Integration between Men and Women’s Next Gen program.

The Next Gen Program at Field Hockey Canada is to identify athletes that are 4-8 years away from making significant contributions to Senior National Team performance. Starting in January 2022, The Next Gen Structure will be categorized into three tiers of athletes (1,2,3). Athletes will be available for identification and selection into the Next Gen program at 16 years old.

A tiered Next Gen System is aimed at providing clarity within the athlete pathway, and providing a step by step approach to reach the senior team. A breakdown of the tiered approach and what falls within it are below. The tiered Next Gen system also provides coaches a breakdown of the 4-8 years away from significant National Team makeup.

Please see the Women’s Tiered Next Gen lists here – Tiered NextGEnList2022

Women’s Junior World Cup – April 1-12, 2022

Team Canada earned the top spot out of the Pan Americas by winning the Junior Pan American Championships, defeating Chile, Argentina and Uruguay en route to a gold medal. Argentina had won seven of the previous eight iterations of this event, with USA winning one in 2008. This year’s win will go down in history as the first Canadian Junior Pan American gold for any Team Canada. This is also the first outdoor Pan American gold for any Canadian women’s program. The Junior World Cup will take place in Potchefstroom, South Africa from April 1-12, 2022. Pan American rivals, Argentina, Uruguay and USA will all be in the field in Potchefstroom come December. Canada has a date with Argentina and USA in pool play.

UPDATE: In November 2021, the Women’s Junior National Team went to South Africa for the Junior World Cup. Due to the covid-19 omicron variant, the tournament was cancelled, and the team had to stay for two weeks until they could come home. This video captures some of their time in RSA and acts as a thank you to all the people, partners and supporters who helped get the team home!


Birkley AndersonDEF/MIDDuncanUniversity of British Columbia
Jenna BergerMIDWaterloo UMass Lowell
Rebecca CarvalhoDEFBramptonUniversity of Toronto
Izzy FraserMIDVancouverUniversity of British Columbia
Arden Goddard-Despot DEFNorth VanancouverUniversity of Guelph
Nora Goddard-Despot MIDNorth VancouverProvidence College
Jenna GoodmanDEFDuncanUniversity of British Columbia
Tayler GuyGKVictoriaUniversity of Calgary
Danielle HusarSTR/MIDMississauga University of Virginia
McKinley KennedyMIDNorth VancouverUniversity of Toronto
Allison KuzykSTRVancouverUniversity of Pennsylvania
Grace LeahySTRWaterlooA&C Academy
Harnoor MalhiDEFTorontoUniversity of Toronto
Samantha McCrorySTRKitchenerUniversity of Toronto
Lonica McKinneySTRKelowna Virginia Commonwealth University
Julia RossSTRVancouverUniversity of Maine
Stefanie SajkoDEF/ MIDVictoriaUniversity of Victoria
Melanie ScholzDEFCalgaryUniversity of Calgary
Ishaval SekhonGKSurrey N/A
Mikayla StellingMIDVancouverUniversity of British Columbia