| Date of Birth:
November 26, 1981
Place of Birth: Rouyn-Noranda,QC
Years on National Team:
Weight: 141 lbs
Fans of women's hockey have started to take notice of Coach Melody Davidson's vision. Along with assistant coaches Margot Page and Tim Bothwell, Davidson has made it very clear that it's time for a changing of the guard. Several veterans have been replaced by younger, faster, yet less experienced ones and Gina Kingsbury is one of seven women that will be making her Olympic debut at the Winter Games in Turin.
Olympic "inexperience" aside, Gina has won five medals with the Canadian women's team. Her debut in 2001 at the World Hockey Championship resulted in a gold medal victory. After the disappointing cancellation of the 2003 Beijing World Championship due to the SARS outbreak, Kingsbury and her team bounced back with another gold medal win in 2004, followed by a second place finish in 2005.
Kingsbury developed much of her skill playing with the Canadian U-22 team. She began playing with them in 1999 and continued to do so until 2003, even after she began her tenure with the women's team in 2001
Few players have as much scoring power, speed and finesse as the 24-year-old Kingsbury. During the 2004-05 campaign, she led the Montreal Axion of the NWHL in goals with 31, total points with 60 and shorthanded goals with three. She was also a key player on her college team, the St. Lawrence Saints. Gina graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2004 after majoring in Psychology.
Since joining the centralized team in Calgary this past summer, Gina's points total may be considered a bit of a disappointment. She is one of only a few players to play in all 32 exhibition games, yet she has only managed to collect seven goals and 13 assists. However, she has enjoyed some success playing against the Americans, as she netted five of her 20 points against them alone.
It would not be surprising to see Kingsbury regain her high level of play once official competition begins in February. She has enough skill and natural talent to be a mainstay on the Canadian team for years to come
2006 Hockey Coverage