Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cut from Canada's 2014 Olympic Women's Hockey Team, Kohanchuk Looks to 2018

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cut from Canada's 2014 Olympic Women's Hockey Team, Kohanchuk Looks to 2018

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Cut from 2014 team, Kohanchuk looks to 2018

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CALGARY - Jenelle Kohanchuk knew she was a long shot to be on the Canadian women's Olympic hockey team, but that didn't take the sting out of getting released.

The 23-year-old forward from Winnipeg was one of the first three players cut from the 27 trying out for the team in Calgary. Defencemen Tessa Bonhomme of Sudbury, Ont., and Brigette Lacquette of Waterhen, Man., were also released.

Kohanchuk had never played for the national team when she arrived in Calgary in August. She was the first forward cut after playing her eighth international game for Canada.

"I was told I was on the bubble from the get-go in May," Kohanchuk said Wednesday. "I was the only forward who had never played on a Four Nations or world championship team. I knew it was going to be a challenge for me this year to make the team.

"Playing for the Olympic team and wearing the Maple Leaf and representing my country is something I've wanted my entire life. It's definitely something that's hard to accept the fact that I won't be doing that. Hopefully 2018 will give me another opportunity."

Head coach Dan Church will release another defencemen and two forwards before he names his 21-player Olympic roster in December. The Canadian team was in Grande Prairie, Alta., on Wednesday for a game against an Alberta Midget Hockey League team there.

Kohanchuk played in her first Four Nations Cup last week in Lake Placid, N.Y. The five-foot-seven, 145-pound forward scored twice in Canada's 6-3 win over Finland in the final.

She had an assist in two exhibition wins over the U.S. women. Kohanchuk also had a goal and an assist in 10 games against AMHL teams.

"Every single day, day in and day out, was a challenge for me," she said. "This year, I've never worked so hard in my life.

"Truly, what I gained from this was so many friendships and a whole new family. …

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