CALGARY, Alta. - Quinnipiac's associate head coach Cassie Turner and junior forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) have been selected for Team Canada's National Women's Development Teams. Turner joins Canada's Under-18 Team as an assistant coach while Kosta will join the Under-22 Development Team. Hockey Canada announced Monday, July 28 the 40 players and coaching staffs that have been invited to each of Canada's National Women's Development Team selection camps.
Turner will join a staff headed by Minnesota Duluth's assistant coach Laura Schuler, who will serve as the head coach of Canada's National Women's Under-18 Team, as well as fellow assistant, Wisconsin's Jackie Friesen. The National Women's Under-18 Team selection camp will take place Aug. 10-18 at the Canadian International Hockey Academy in Rockland, Ont. Following the selection camp, Hockey Canada will choose 22 players for a three-game series against the United States' Women's Under-18 Select Team, scheduled for Aug. 20-25 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Turner will be entering her sixth year with the Bobcats while also having served with Team Canada since 2011. She previously served as an assistant coach with Kosta and Team Canada for the 2011 U-18 World Championships in Sweden as well as the Under-22/Development Team in the summer of 2012 where she helped guide the team through the three-game series with the United States and won a gold medal with Canada at the MECO Cup in Jan. 2013. Turner is a former standout at Brown, where she helped lead the Bears to two Ivy League and ECAC Hockey Championships, along with an appearance in the NCAA Finals. She also represented Canada three times as a player on the Under-22 National Team from 2001-03, highlighted by a gold medal finish at the 2003 Air Canada Cup.
Kosta will be joining a talented group of 40 players chosen for the Under-22 Development Team, which will be holding their selection camp Aug. 10-18 at the Markin MacPhail Center, Hockey Canada's home arena in Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. The invitation list includes four goalies, 12 defensemen and 24 forwards. Invitations are based on evaluations by Hockey Canada scouts during the 2012-13 season, including past performances within Canada's National Women's Program as well as their club and school teams. The 40 players attending the selection camp will be split into two teams, which will participate in several practices and intrasquad games, as well as off-ice training, fitness testing and high performance classroom sessions.
Based on evaluations and performances at the selection camp, Hockey Canada will choose 13 development players to join the 27 senior team players who will centralize with Canada's National Women's Team in Calgary for training to prepare for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The 40 players will be split into Red and White teams, which will compete against each other in a three-game series set for Aug. 19-24 at the Markin MacPhail Center.
Kosta is coming off another stellar season in just her second year with the Bobcats as she bested her freshman year totals in goals (11), assists (28) and points (39). Among her individual highlights from last season included a program-record 11-game scoring streak as well as being named to the ECAC Hockey's Third Team. The junior forward has a bevy of international experience, having earned silver for Team Canada Under-18 in the 2011 World Championships in Sweden, bronze for Canada's Under-22 Team at the 2012 MECO Cup in Germany and participating in the Under-22 Team's three-game series against the United States in 2012. She finished the 2011 World Championships with the most goals (five) and points (eight) among all Canadian players. In Germany, Kosta tallied one goal and three assists while she finished the three-game set against the United States with one goal.
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