After a bronze medal at the 2012 Meco Cup, Canada is looking to win its ninth gold medal in the history of the event. Held in Germany, the Meco Cup is a women’s hockey event featuring six countries (Canada, Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland). Formerly known as the Air Canada Cup and the MLP Nations Cup, future stars such as Switzerland’s Florence Schelling and Canadians like Natalie Spooner and Vicki Bendus have competed in the event.
The Canadian national women’s Under-22/Development Team competes for Canada at the annual event. The team for 2013 features players from CIS (Melodie Daoust), CWHL (Christina Kessler, Genevieve Lacasse, Carolyne Prevost) and at least one player from every conference in the NCAA. Of all the NCAA teams that contributed players to the Canadian team, no team boasted as much talent as the Cornell Big Red.
A total of seven Big Red players were named to the squad. The defense features four Big Red blueliners, including Hayleigh Cudmore, Laura Fortino, Cassandra Poudrier and Lauriane Rougeau. The forwards include Jessica Campbell, Brianne Jenner and Jillian Saulnier. Once the puck drops for Canada’s first game against Germany on January 2, these seven skaters may be all the luck that Canada needs.
Of note, Fortino, Jenner and Rougeau were teammates on Canada’s 2010 MLP Nations Cup squad and bring the intangibles of experience to the 2013 edition. This titanic trio also attended Canada’s national women’s hockey training camp in spring 2012.
Campbell, Poudrier and Saulnier played together as Canada claimed the gold at the 2010 IIHF Under-18 women’s worlds. With Fortino, Jenner and Rougeau in their senior seasons, these three youngsters will be counted upon to be the future for the nationally ranked Cornell squad.
With so much experience at the Hockey Canada level, this assembly of seven sterling hockey talents gives Canada a remarkable opportunity to avenge its bronze medal of 2012, while creating golden memories to begin 2013.