No B.C. women on Team Canada

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

No British Columbia women will play hockey for Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino.

The 22-player women's team was introduced yesterday at GM Place.

Ten players are from Ontario and six from Quebec. The remainder are from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. No B.C.-born player has ever represented Canada in women's ice hockey. Canada won a silver medal team at the 1998 Games in Nagano and is the defending champion after winning gold at Salt Lake City in 2002.

B.C. Amateur Hockey knows the talent pool in B.C. is smaller in quality and quantity than other provinces, so it's funding a high performance centre at UBC where Thunderbirds' head coach David Newsom and B.C. Hockey's Nancy Wilson are based.

Will it succeed in making B.C. women contenders for roster spots in 2010?

"We really hope so, right across the country we want every province represented and every walk of life," said Canada's head coach Melody Davidson. "We expect people will be challenging by that point. Will it be enough to get on the team? Who knows?"

Veterans Cassie Campbell, Vicky Sunohara and Hayley Wickenheiser remain at the core of the team. Forward Danielle Goyette, the oldest player, will turn 40 on Jan. 30.

Canada meets host Italy to begin the Olympics Feb. 11. The final is Feb. 20.


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