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Kruase makes national female Under-18 hockey team

Kelowna female hockey player Jordan Krause has taken a big step in her pursuit of a career in Canadian hockey.

Krause, a former Kelowna Minor Hockey player and current member of the Pursuit of Excellence, has been named to Canada's National Women's Under-18 team that will compete in the 2012 Under-18 World Championships next year.

On Thursday, Hockey Canada announced the list of players selected to represent Canada at the 2012 IIHF U-18 Women’s World Championship in Zlin and Prerov, Czech Republic from Dec. 30, 2011 to Jan. 8, 2012.

A defenceman, Krause plays for the POE's top midget team. In the past she won  B.C. provincial gold medals in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010, and most recently represented Team BC in the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax, NS.

“We’re extremely excited about the talented team that will represent Canada at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship,” commented head coach Pierre Alain. “These players bring great chemistry to the ice and will work hard to bring home gold from the Czech Republic to help start the new year off right.”

Invitations were made based on performance during the National Women’s U18 Team series against the United States Women’s Under 18 Select Team that was held Aug. 18 to 21, 2011 in Rockland, ON.  Players were also evaluated by Hockey Canada scouts and coaching staff throughout the 2011-2012 season with their club teams.

The tournament will feature eight (8) teams that will be divided into two groups for the preliminary round. Team Canada will play in Group B along with Finland, Germany and Switzerland. Group A will be comprised of Russia, Sweden, USA, and Czech Republic.

The preliminary round will run from Dec. 31 to Jan. 3, 2012 and will feature four  games each day. Playoffs will ensue on Jan. 4 with the gold and bronze medal matchups being featured on Saturday Jan. 7.

Team Canada has always had a strong showing in the tournament, taking home the gold medal in 2010 and the silver medal in 2008, 2009, and 2011.

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