Five members of the 2014-15 Wisconsin women's hockey team and one recruit were invited to a five-day strength and conditioning camp with Team Canada.
Ann-Renée Desbiens, Mellissa Channell, Emily Clark, Sydney McKibbon, Sarah Nurse and recently signed Sam Cogan are among the 52 women invited to Hamilton, Ontario May 6-10 to try to make Team Canada's National Women's Development Team.
From Team Canada's release: "Players selected for this camp are in consideration for the Canadian teams that will compete in three-game series against the United States this summer, as well as at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship and 2016 Nations Cup, and with Canada’s National Women’s Team."
Desbiens and Clark both played for Team Canada in the IIHF Women's World Championships in Malmo, Sweden, where they earned a silver medal.
Desbiens got the start in the gold-medal game. She had earned two shut-outs in the opening rounds and finished the tournament with a 93.1 save percentage and 1.71 goals against average.
Clark scored her first senior-level international goal and ended the tournament with 1 goal and 1 assist.
Channell, McKibbon and Nurse have all played for Team Canada at either the U-18 or U-22 level. Channell, Nurse, Clark and Desbiens and former Badger Blayre Turnbull were on Team Canada's roster for the last three-game challenge between US and Canada in August, 2014.
Additionally, Nikki Cece, who has announced a verbal commitment to Wisconsin for the 2016-17 season, is on the U-18 roster for this camp.