Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Inclusion in Women's World Hockey Championship Emotional for Canada's Rookies

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Inclusion in Women's World Hockey Championship Emotional for Canada's Rookies

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World debut emotional for Canada's rookies

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When Sarah Potomak, Laura Stacey, Erin Ambrose and Renata Fast were told they would represent Canada at the women's world hockey championship for the first time, their emotions ran the gamut, from shivers and tears to speechlessness.

"Before the call I was so nervous," Potomak said. "When she phoned, I literally started crying."

Head coach Laura Schuler says delivering good news and hearing a gush of emotion is a fun part of her job.

"You know what? That even happens with our veterans," Schuler said. "It speak to just how, even with our veterans, just how important it is and how special it is to be able to play for your country."

Ambrose said she was most emotional when she called her family.

"My mom kind of lost it," she said.

Fast said she was "blown away" and that the call "brought tears to my eyes," while Stacey's body did the talking for her.

"I had shivers when I got the phone call," Stacey said. "I didn't have any tears. I'm not a crier, but I was speechless."

The four women will make their world championship debut when they play the defending champion United States on Friday in Plymouth, Mich.

The world championship is the biggest international women's tournament this calendar year and a significant one with the 2018 Winter Olympics less than a year away. Players on the championship roster are usually also candidates to try out for Canada's Olympic team.

The "centralization roster" of players who will move to Calgary this summer and train full time for Pyeongchang, South Korea, will be announced following the world championship.

Potomak from Aldergrove, B.C., is the youngest player on the world championship team at 19. She's also the first from B.C. to play in a world championship since goaltender Danielle Dube in 1997.

She is tenacious and gifted with the puck, scoring six game-winning goals as a sophomore for the University of Minnesota this season.

The other three are 22-year-olds from Ontario coming off their inaugural seasons in the Canadian Women's Hockey League. …

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