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Kelowna's Christi Capozzi to play in World University Games
Skating in what will be her final season of hockey at the University of B.C., Kelowna's Christi Capozzi was hoping this season would be a special one, before she hangs up the competitive hockey blades.
And now that hope will be a reality as Capozzi has been named to Team CIS that will compete in December at the World University Games, to be held in Italy.
That's in addition to being named captain of her UBC squad.
A fifth year player at UBC, it will be the first time Capozzi has played the game she loves at the international level and a huge part of her final year of CIS hockey.
"It's amazing, I'm super-excited and really grateful for the opportunity," said Capozzi. "I can't wait to play. It's going to make my fifth year really memorable which I'm very happy about."
Capozzi is closing out a solid university hockey career this year and has been named captain of the UBC Thunderbirds after spending the last three seasons as an assistant captain.
Last year saw Capozzi and the women's UBC hockey team revive a program that had fallen on hard times, winning their division and playing in the CIS women's championships.
Being named captain in her fifth season is another feather in the cap for the Kelowna Minor Hockey graduate.
It's come out of hard work and playing the game the right way.
"For me being part of the leadership group the last three years taught me a lot about what it takes to be a good leader and the type of leader that I want to be," she said. "Just being myself has gotten me to this position so I'm trying not to change the way I do things. I just try to represent myself and the team in the best way I can."
Canada will head into the 2013 World University Games (also known as the 2013 Winter Universiade) in Trentino, Italy as the two time defending champions of the event, winning the tournament in 2009 in China when the sport debuted at the Universiade Games as well as in 2011 in Turkey. The team has dominated at the games, going 14-0 at the first two tournaments. This year the event will feature six teams: Canada, the USA, Great Britain, Japan, Russia and Spain.
Team CIS will open this year’s preliminary round on Dec. 10 against Spain and will then face Russia (Dec. 12), Great Britain (Dec. 13), the USA (Dec. 15) and Japan (Dec. 16). The semifinals are scheduled for Dec. 18, with the bronze and gold-medal games following on Dec. 20.
For Capozzi, it's not only a chance to compete at a high level during her final season of play, it's also about seeing different cultures and taking part in a world tournament.
"It's going to be really cool to see all the different cultures," she said. "We (UBC) have been exposed to it a little bit. We have played the Japanese national team and the Kazakhstan team. Seeing different cultures and rituals is really interesting. I think it's good to open your eyes to other cultures and the way they do things."
To take part in the tournament, Capozzi must pay for the flight to Italy and is hoping she can raise some money on that end. If you are interested in supporting her efforts click here to help.
UBC defenceman and Kelowna Minor Hockey product Sarah Casorso was an offensive catalyst for the Thunderbirds women’s hockey team last weekend, recording five points in two games against the Calgary Dinos in Vancouver.
Her effort led her to being signalled out as Canada West third star of the week.
"I'm pretty excited about getting the third star. It's an honour not many athletes get to experience and it will definitely help motivate me for the rest of the season. The team has been doing well but I know we're not satisfied with our performance and consistency quite yet. We're looking forward to this next series against Regina to continue proving ourselves."
Casorso collected three assists in UBC’s 4-0 win on Friday, including two on the first goals of the game 27 seconds apart late in the first period.
On Saturday, the Thunderbirds fell behind 3-1 entering the third period but mounted a comeback to tie the game at 3-3 and send it to overtime. Eventually, Calgary won in a shootout 4-3.
Casorso was a big part of the comeback, recording an assist on the power play goal that made it 3-2. Then with just over four minutes left in regulation, she tied the game with an even strength goal.
The fourth-year player from Kelowna, B.C. now has eight points in four regular season games, putting her at the top of the Canada West scoring race.