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Two locals selected for three-game series against U.S.A.

Hockey Canada has selected its roster for the National Women’s Development team and the National Women’s Under-18 team and two Cranbrook players made the cut.

Both teams are set two play a three-game series against the United States national team from Aug. 17-20.

Cranbrook’s Rylind MacKinnon was selected for the development team. She plays defence for the University of British Columbia.

Jaimee Spring has been selected for the U18 team. She spent last season as a defender for Rink Hockey Academy.

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A total of 142 skaters were chosen for the selection camp.

“Gathering players at our development and under-18 levels for assessment and scouting is an integral part in the growth of our athletes, especially as we begin preparations for a new four-year cycle leading into the 2026 Olympics,” said Gina Kingsbury, director of hockey operations.

“Our three-game series against the Americans, who share a historic past with our program, will allow us to begin to identify athletes in our system who will be competing at the highest international level for us in the coming years.”

Following the series, players will continue to be watched throughout the first part of the 2022-23 season in preparation for selecting the Canadian team that will compete at the 2023 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.

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