FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John’s Brooke Disher is one tryout away from a roster spot at the 2022 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.

The National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp will be held in St. Catharines, Ontario from December 26th to 31st at Ridley College.

This will be the first time Canada’s best female U-18 players will be able to challenge each other and themselves in nearly two years as the 2021 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship was cancelled.

“This is an exciting time for this group of dedicated athletes, who have waited nearly two years for a chance to compete on the international stage,” said Gina Kingsbury, director of hockey operations with Hockey Canada.

“We were able to gather together in the summer to train, compete and play some games in a competitive setting. With the world championship right around the corner, our athletes and coaching staff are eager for this opportunity to get back on the ice and put our off-ice work into practice, with a goal of representing Canada and competing for a gold medal.”

It will be a quick turnaround from the selection camp to the first tournament game in Linköping and Mjölby, Sweden on January 8th.

Canada will face Finland, Russia and the United States in Group A, taking on Russia on day one of competition, Finland on day two and the USA on day three.

Disher plays for Rink Hockey Academy in Kelowna, and the 2004-born, left-handed defender has an even split of 10 goals and 10 assists in 14 games in the CSSHL Female U18 Prep league.

Disher recently won the 2021 Western Regional Women’s Under 18 Championship with Team BC at the start of November.

Team Canada has won five gold medals, seven silver medals and one bronze, with the last gold medal win coming in 2019.

Hockey Canada made a change to the coaching staff for the tournament. Three-time Olympic medallist Vicky Sunohara will replace Alison Domenico, who was added to the National Women’s Team coaching staff in September.