July 23, 2012

Four Bobcats and Associate Head Coach Cassandra Turner Vie For The Opportunity To Represent Their Country

Quinnipiac Women's Ice Hockey's Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario), Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario), Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden), and Anna Borgfeldt (Kristianstad, Sweden) have all earned invitations to summer development camps and the opportunity to represent their respective countries in international play. Babstock and Kosta will attend Hockey Canada's U22/Development Team selection camp held in Calgary, Alberta August 2-13.   Borgfeldt and Uden Johansson are among 39 participants in the Sweden's Women National Team Development Camp to be held August 16-26 in Nortalje, Sweden. 

In addition to the players' recognition, Associate Head Coach Cassandra Turner has been named an Assistant Coach with Team Canada's U-22 National Team. She will attend the camp, stay with the team during a three-game series against the United States, and coach during the 2013 MECO Cup in Germany. She previously served as an Assistant Coach with Canada's U-18 program during the 2011 U18 World Championship. During her playing career, she played for Canada's U-22 team three times. 

Babstock, Kosta, and Turner will travel to Calgary to participate in Team Canada's U22/Development Team selection camp and be among 40 players and coaches invited to train and compete for a chance to represent their country. The selection camp will include practice, skill development, and intersquad games in an effort to choose 22 players to participate in a 3-game series with United States U-22 Select Team, scheduled for August 14-19 in Calgary. Hockey Canada will continue to evaluate the players throughout the season to identify and select players for the 2013 MECO Cup to be held next January in Germany.

Last year, Kosta and Babstock earned invitations to Hockey Canada's 2011 U22 Selection Camp.   Kosta went on to represent the country as a member of Canada's U22 team that finished third at the 2012 MECO Cup held in Fussen, Germany.

Sweden's camp will include 39 players vying for spots on the senior national team as part of the continued preparation for the 2013 IIHF World Championships scheduled to be held in Ottawa, Ontario next April and the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The camp will consist of theory, fitness training, and both internal and external competition with intersquad scrimmages and two games against Norway.

Uden Johansson continues to establish herself as an important figure in the future of the Swedish National Women's Hockey Program. She played a key role for Sweden this past spring at the 2012 IIHF World Women's Championship in Burlington, Vermont and was a member of the 2010 Olympic Team in Vancouver. Borgfeldt has represented Sweden three times in world championship play at the U18 level. She led all team members in assists and points during the 2009-10 season, and served as the captain of the 2011 team that hosted the World Championship in Stockholm.

 

For the Bobcats, Uden Johansson had 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points in her second season with Quinnipiac. As a freshman, Uden Johansson tallied 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points. Borgfeldt suited up for 34 games for the Bobcats and played a key role in Quinnipiac's playoff success in her first season on campus.

A return to U22 camp represents a Team Canada reunion for Kosta and Coach Turner.  The pair previously represented Team Canada together during the 2011 IIFH World Women U18 Championship held in Stockholm, Sweden.  Team Canada earned the Silver Medal and Kosta placed fifth overall and led all Team Canada scorers with a total of 8 points, tallying 5 goals and adding 3 assists.

Kosta finished her first season with the Bobcats with a team-high 25 assists while also ranking second with 33 points. A two-time ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week, ranked among the league leaders in assists while also ranking third among all freshman skaters with 18 points in league play.

Babstock is coming off a sophomore campaign in which she became Quinnipiac's all-time leader in goals, assists and points.  Babstock, who since joining Quinnipiac last season, has accounted for 24 percent of the team's goals, 18 percent of the team's assists, and 21 percent of the team's total points, currently sits at 99 career points, with 48 goals and 51 assists.