CALGARY, Alberta – Sophomore Emma Buckles of the Harvard women's ice hockey team has been named to the Canadian National Team's Fall Festival roster. Buckles is one of 59 players selected to attend the annual training camp. The Fall Festival is set to take place from Sept. 8-16 at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek, B.C.
At the six-day camp, players will be split into two squads, Team Red and Team White and will compete against each other as well as other local teams. Of the 59 attendees, 17 were members of the silver-medal winning team at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.
"We're beginning a new Olympic quad, and a new season, and it's exciting to see such a strong talent pool as we head into our national team Fall Festival in Dawson Creek," said Gina Kingsbury, Hockey Canada's director of national teams, who was a player within Hockey Canada's national women's team program from 1999 until her retirement in 2010, winning two Olympic gold medals and three IIHF Women's World Championships during her playing career. "Fall Festival allows Hockey Canada to provide continued development opportunities, especially for those players who were with us in August at the development team camp, while replicating a short-term competition schedule that allows us to evaluate the players in a way that more closely resembles the experience they would have at a 4 Nations Cup or IIHF Women's World Championship, which is what they're aspiring to achieve."
All Fall Festival practices are free and open to the public; tickets for the games can be purchased online.
The 2018-19 season will see Canada's National Women's Team face off against Finland, Sweden, and the United States on home ice Nov. 6-10 when Saskatoon hosts the 4 Nations Cup, and culminate with the 2019 IIHF Women's World Championship, April 4-14, in Espoo, Finland. Rosters will be announced in the lead-up to those respective events.