CALGARY, Alberta – Jenn Wakefield (Pickering, Ontario), a sophomore forward on the University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, was recently named to Canada’s National Women’s Team roster by Hockey Canada. It was also announced that Wakefield will be part of Canada’s Olympic centralization roster.
The National Team will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championship that will be held April 4-12 in Hameenlinna, Finland. Wakefield competed at the 2008 IIHF Worlds and helped Canada win a silver medal. She also won a silver medal later that year at the Four Nations Cup, and this past January she won silver again at the MLP Cup. Wakefield has also won gold at the ’08 European Air Canada Cup and the ’07 Four Nations Cup.
Due to an injury incurred late in UNH’s season, Wakefield is listed as an alternate for the ’09 Worlds. Canada opens preliminary round play April 4 against China. The other preliminary round game is April 6 vs. Sweden.
With regards to the Olympic centralization, in August, 26 players will be in Calgary full-time in preparation for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The group of players will face off against Midget AAA teams throughout Alberta, along with taking part in a number of international competitions, including the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup in Vancouver, British Columbia in early September and the 2009 Four Nations Cup in Finland in early November.
Wakefield recorded 32 goals and 17 assists for 49 points in 31 games to rank third in the nation in goals per game and 13th in points per game; Wakefield is also second in game-winning goals and third in both power-play goals and shorthanded goals.
Wakefield recorded team highs in points, goals, power-play goals, shorthanded goals, game-winning goals and shots; additionally, she was second in shooting percentage and fifth in assists. She tallied a point in 26 of 31 games with 15 multiple-point efforts.
This year’s honors included Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 Finalist, Hockey East First Team All-Star, New England All-Star, Hockey East Player of the Month (twice).
In two seasons at UNH, Wakefield has compiled 59 goals and 36 assists for 95 points in 64 games.
UNH (24-6-5) won its sixth consecutive Hockey East regular-season title and its fourth straight league tournament crown in 2009. The Wildcats were the hosts of an NCAA quarterfinal game for the fourth consecutive year.