by Hockey PEI Communications // @HockeyPEI // Tuesday, June 14th, 2022
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Two more Islanders have won gold medals on the international hockey stage after Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team was crowned World Champions on Monday night in Madison, Wisconsin. The 2022 International Ice Hockey Federation’s Under-18 Women’s World Championship wrapped up with Sweden claiming Bronze while the biggest rivalry in hockey, Team USA and Team Canada matched up to battle for gold.
Defenseman Sarah MacEachern (Cornwall, PE // Etobicoke, OWHA U22 Elite) and Mental Performance Consultant Paula McQuaid (Charlottetown, PE // Hockey Canada) were amongst those who celebrated on the ice during the big win as part of Team Canada’s roster.
This was Hockey PEI High Performance Program alumnus Sarah MacEachern’s first time wearing the maple leaf as part of Team Canada’s National Team Program and first win as well.
For McQuaid however, she is no stranger to the International stage, having served as a Mental Performance Consultant for Team Canada’s Under-18 Women’s Team during its 2018 bronze win, its 2019 gold medal victory and its silver medal showing at the 2022 event.
A total of 23 players were selected for the event consisting of three goaltenders, seven defence and 13 forwards, who all made their international debuts with Team Canada.
The team was led by head coach Howie Draper (Edmonton, Alta./University of Alberta, CW), assistant coaches Vicky Sunohara (Scarborough, Ont./University of Toronto, OUA) and Tara Watchorn (Newcastle, Ont./Stonehill College, NEWHA), and goaltending coach Gord Woodhall (Winnipeg, Man./Winnipeg, MFHL).
TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, broadcasted all games of the Championship. This was Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team’s first gold medal since 2019. It has won five gold medals (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2019), seven silver (2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020) and one bronze (2018) at this event.
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