Canadian women's hockey team starts prepping for Sochi

Jayna Hefford is one of a handful of veterans at the national women's team's centralization...

Jayna Hefford is one of a handful of veterans at the national women's team's centralization training.

DANIEL AUSTIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:01 PM ET

The national women’s hockey team centralization process is nothing new for Jayna Hefford.

She’s been a constant at the six-month pre-Olympics camps since 1998, and understands the gruelling marathon that prepares the Canadians to go for gold as well as anyone.

To Vicki Bendus, on the other hand, it’s all very new.

“It’s been really intense,” the 24-year-old said. “More intense than anything I’ve ever experienced.”

With the Olympics less than six months away, Team Canada is preparing for a tournament they’ll enter with an unprecedented number of young players. There are 11 players at the centralization experiencing the Olympic preparations for the first time.

It’s a process that involves two-a-day practices, almost 60 games and an early-September trip to Russia.


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