Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Kohanchuk Hopes Youth Movement Takes Hold with Canada's Women's Hockey Team

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Kohanchuk Hopes Youth Movement Takes Hold with Canada's Women's Hockey Team

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Kohanchuk hopes to catch on with Canada

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OTTAWA - Jenelle Kohanchuk is hoping a youth movement takes hold with Canada's women's hockey team.

The 22-year-old is one of 23 players invited to the team's winter camp in Ottawa in preparation for the 2013 women's world championship, which will be held in the nation's capital from April 2-9.

Kohanchuk is the second youngest player at the camp -- forward Natalie Spooner is two weeks younger -- and could be considered a long shot to make the team.

But that isn't deterring the young forward.

Kohanchuk is competing against a veteran roster, including 16 players from last year's gold-medal winning world championship team, and 11 from the 2010 Olympic championship team.

That said, the young Winnipeg native has enjoyed her own personal international success. She just finished winning her third gold medal at the Meco Cup, an annual six-team tournament held in Europe where Canada sends its under-22 team.

She would love nothing more than to make the leap to the next level.

"To play with these players that are veterans of the game, it's such an honour to be on the ice with them," Kohanchuk said. "I've always looked up to them and I still do. They have great positive feedback and if I ask them questions they'll give great feedback. It's a great opportunity."

Kohanchuk, who missed most of last season with a concussion, is the lone collegiate player in camp, but she has impressed head coach Dan Church.

"We wanted to get a good look at her since she missed so much of last season to see how she fit in with the rest of this group," Church said. "It's a great opportunity to see her and she's been working hard this week."

Within this group Church sees Kohanchuk as a role player. He's been impressed by her speed, energy and ability to keep things simple.

"She's good on the fore-check, she's good on the back-check and defensively she's strong," Church said. …

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