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Women’s team named for Gryphon Hockey World League 2 in West Vancouver

PHOTO: Canada’s women celebrate a goal against Uruguay on July 20, 2015 at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario (By Yan Huckendubler)

March 20, 2017 | Shaheed Devji |

Field Hockey Canada Women’s National Program has named its 18-athlete Women’s National Team which will represent Canada at the 2017 Gryphon Hockey World League Round 2 at West Vancouver’s Rutledge Field from April 1-9, 2017.

Canada will take on six other nations for the right to play for 2018 Women’s World Cup qualification at the World League Semi-Final (Round 3) later this year. The top two finishers in West Vancouver will move to the next stage in Brussels, Belgium this June or  Johannesburg, South Africa this July.

Team Canada consists of 12 players that played at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario and won a bronze medal, including team captain Kate Wright (Gillis), who currently sits in third in all-time games played for Canada’s Women’s National Team with 159 international caps to her name.

Wright is joined on the team by a host of veterans who have played more than 100 international matches for Canada including Danielle Hennig (Kelowna, BC; 123 caps), Hannah Haughn (North Vancouver, BC; 118 caps), Sara McManus (Tsawwassen, BC; 111 caps), and Brienne Stairs (Kitchener, ON; 104 caps).

Making their Senior International debuts on the World League 2 roster are Alison Lee (Mississauga, ON), a 22 year-old defender who has represented Canada at the Indoor Hockey World Cup, and 17 year-old forward Jordyn Faiczak (Waterloo, ON) who continues her quick ascent within the Women’ National Program.

The team also features a group of athletes from the North Shore – where the competition will be played – including Alex Thicke, Haughn, Karli Johansen, Rachel Donohoe, and Stephanie Norlander.

Canada’s women open the 2017 Gryphon Hockey World League Round 2 competition on April 1st against Mexico at 4:30pm at Rutledge Field in West Vancouver, British Columbia.

Gryphon Hockey World League Round 2 in West Vancouver has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. Additionally, we would like to thank the Province of British Columbia and viaSport for their generous support of this project.

The West Vancouver Field Hockey Club is also proud partner of this event.


Team Canada

NamePositionHometownCurrent/Last ClubCaps
Alex ThickeForwardNorth Vancouver, BCWest Vancouver FHC27
Alison LeeDefenderMississauga, ONUniversity of Toronto
Amanda WoodcroftMidfielderWaterloo, ONUniversity of Toronto54
Brienne StairsMidfielderKitchener, ONVancouver Hawks104
Danielle Hennig*DefenderKelowna, BCVancouver Meralomas123
Hannah HaughnMidfielderNorth Vancouver, BCUniversity of British Columbia118
Jordyn FaiczakForwardWaterloo, ONGuelph Cobras
Kaitlyn WilliamsGoalkeeperWhite Rock, BCVancouver Meralomas85
Karli JohansenDefenderNorth Vancouver, BCIndia Club72
Kate Wright (Gillis)*ForwardKingston, ONWest Vancouver FHC159
Maddie SeccoMidfielderVictoria, BCVancouver Hawks79
Nikki WoodcroftForwardWaterloo, ONUniversity of Toronto8
Rachel DonohoeForwardNorth Vancouver, BCWest Vancouver FHC21
Rowan HarrisGoalkeeperOttawa, ONOutaouais FHC12
Sara McManusDefenderTsawwassen, BCVancouver Meralomas111
Shanlee JohnstonDefenderVancouver, BCVancouver Hawks51
Shannon PereiraDefenderToronto, ONToronto Titans7
Stephanie NorlanderForwardNorth Vancouver, BCUniversity of British Columbia52
*Team Captain

Team Canada Staff

Head Coach – Ian Rutledge
Assistant Coach – Steph Andrews
Team Manager – Carrie Trumpy
Physiotherapist – Elliot Usher
Team Doctor – Dr. Kristen Taunton
Video Analyst – Stef Sloboda