Ann-Renée Desbiens, 4 others invited to Canada National Women's Development Camp

Ann-Renée Desbiens

Desbiens, Blayre Turnbull, Sarah Nurse, Mellissa Channell and incoming freshman Emily Clark are among 42 invitees.

Five Wisconsin Badgers have been invited to 10 days of practices, intrasquad games, off-ice dryland training, fitness testing and high-performance classroom sessions as part of a National Women's Development Team camp taking place in Calgary in early August.

According to their website, from the selection camp, Hockey Canada will choose 22 players for a three-game series against the United States’ Women’s Under-22 Select Team, scheduled for Aug. 21-24 in Calgary, Alta.

The roster will be selected by Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada’s general manager of national women’s team programs, along with head coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk and assistant coaches Amanda Benoit-Wark and Cara Morey.

Each of the Badger selections has previous experience with Team Canada at the U-18 or U-22 level.

From the Badgers' release, Channell will make her second consecutive appearance at the camp after earning a bid last summer. The defenseman is an experienced national team player, as she was also a part of the Canadian Women's U22 squad that competed at the 2012 Meco Cup and earned an invitation to the Team Canada U22 camp in the summer of 2012.

Clark, an incoming freshman, is no stranger to the Canadian national squad, as she skated for Canada’s U18 National team in the 2012 and 2013 U18 IIHF World Championships, earning two gold medals.

Nurse, a 2013-14 All-WCHA Rookie Team selection, will be in familiar territory after participating in the Selection Camp and Strength and Conditioning Camp in 2011 and 2012 with the Canadian Women's U-18 team and skating at the 2011 IIHF High Performance Women's Hockey Camp in Slovakia with Team Canada.

Desbiens earned a spot on the Team Canada U22 squad in 2012, which played a three-game series against the U.S. in August 2012. The La Malbaie, Quebec, product won a silver medal for her play with the Canadian U18 Team at the 2011 IIHF World Women's Under-18 Championship in Sweden.

Turnbull skated for Canada at the Women’s Under-18 Series in 2010. The Badgers’ 2014-15 captain was second on the team last year with 40 points, while her five short-handed goals were the most in program history.

This same pool of players will be continuously scouted throughout their season in preparation for selecting a Canadian team to compete at the 2015 Meco Cup in Germany next January.

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