Columbus, Ohio— A pair of Buckeyes are currently in Calgary competing with some of the best young talent Canada has to offer: Kassidy Sauve and Emma Maltais were both invited to Canada’s National Women’s Development Team Camp.
Per Hockey Canada, The camp – part of the National Teams’ Summer Showcase – will be on the ice at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park, where invitees will vie for opportunities to represent their country in international competition this season. The roster features six WCHA student-athletes, including Sauve and Maltais, who is the second-youngest camp attendee.
Back in May, both players were invited to Hockey Canada a strength and conditioning camp, in what was the initial step towards identifying players for its national team.
And they’re already off to a good start in representing the Scarlet and Gray; in Wednesday’s opening game, a 4-0 win over U SPORTS all-stars, Maltais scored for the Gold team after burying a loose puck in front of the net. Another game with U SPORTS is schedule for Saturday, with a pair of contests against the Japanese national team sandwiched in between.
Both Sauve and Maltais have experience competing for their country. Most notably, Sauve saw time as a goalie for Team Canada's 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship-winning squad, while Maltais skated with the team most recently at the 2016 and 2017 IIHF U18 World Championships. She also helped Canada win their annual series against Team USA in 2015 by scoring two goals as the youngest player on the entire team.
Last season for the Buckeyes Sauve was named a second team All-American, the first goaltender in program history to earn that honor after setting single-season school records in saves and save percentage. Maltais will be making her OSU debut in the fall after a prolific playing career with the Oakville Hornets of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL).
Following camp, Hockey Canada scouts, along with the team’s coaching staff, will continue to evaluate players with their club teams during the 2017-18 season, in preparation for selecting the Canadian team that will compete at the 2018 Nations Cup in Füssen, Germany, in January.