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Canadian forward Haley Irwin. (FILE PHOTO: KEYSTONE/Steffen Schmidt) (Steffen Schmidt/Keystone)
Canadian forward Haley Irwin. (FILE PHOTO: KEYSTONE/Steffen Schmidt) (Steffen Schmidt/Keystone)

Player Capsules: Meet Team Canada Add to ...

GOALTENDERS

Shannon Szabados, Edmonton — Plays college hockey with Grant MacEwan's men's team after a career in the Junior A men's ranks. Challenges shooters and makes game-turning saves. Made 24 saves in Canada's 1-0 win over the U.S. in a tournament warmup.

Charline Labonte, Boisbriand, Que. — A Canadian university all-star in all five years with McGill and most experienced of the three in her 11th season on the national team. Technically sound and reads angles well.

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Genevieve Lacasse, Kingston, Ont. — A battler in net who relies more on instinct than technique. For the first time in five years, there is a new face among Canada's trio of goalies at the world championship. Kim St. Pierre is taking the season off to have a baby.

DEFENCE

Courtney Birchard, Mississauga, Ont. — Played forward on national under-22 program. Has one of the hardest shots on the team.

Jocelyne Larocque, Ste. Anne, Man. — Former Minnesota-Duluth college star makes smart first pass on breakout and in transition.

Lauriane Rougeau, Beaconsfield, Que. — Smart, poised with the puck, stay-at-home defender. Will make world championship debut.

Laura Fortino, Hamilton, Ont. — Rougeau's defensive partner at Cornell has offensive skills and instincts, but defensive game still in a work in progress.

Meaghan Mikkelson, St. Albert, Alta. — Has flipped between forward and defence during her national team career. Speed and mobility are her trademarks and she also boasts a hard shot.

Catherine Ward, Montreal — Moves the puck smartly and quickly. Passing skills give Canada quick transitions out of the defensive and neutral zones.

Tessa Bonhomme, Sudbury, Ont. — Mobile mover of the puck and an excellent skater in both hockey and figure skates. Won this season's “Battle Of The Blades,” a reality TV figure skating show, with partner David Pelletier.

FORWARDS

Meghan Agosta, Ruthven, Ont. — Few in the international game have her speed and her quick release. Leading scorer and MVP at 2010 Olympic tournament needs a bounce-back world championship. Didn't score a goal last year in Switzerland.

Rebecca Johnston, Sudbury, Ont. — Had a breakout world championship tournament last year, leading Canada in scoring with four goals and two assists in five games. Former 400-metre sprinter is a powerful skater when she gets up to top speed.

Gillian Apps, Unionville, Ont. — Six-footer creates space around the net, gets to rebounds with her range, boasts a quick release on her wrist shot. Strong hockey bloodlines via father Syl and grandfather Syl, who both played in the NHL.

Caroline Ouellette, Montreal — Has also played defence during her career. Moves the puck with power and authority. Her size and hard shot make her difficult to contain.

Jayna Hefford, Kingston, Ont. — The oldest player on the team at 34, still capable of scoring sneaky goals with quick feet and hands.

Vicki Bendus, Wasaga Beach, Ont. — Five-foot-two and fleet of foot, works the puck well in small spaces and traffic.

Haley Irwin, Thunder Bay, Ont. — Good hands around the net. An intimidating player who blocks shots and ferociously protects the puck.

Bailey Bram, Ste-Anne, Man. — Irritating, energy player who replaces some of the sandpaper Canada lost when veteran Sarah Vaillancourt underwent season-ending hip surgery.

Brianne Jenner, Oakville, Ont. — A big, powerful skater and one four Cornell players on the roster. Also making her world championship debut.

Marie-Philip Poulin, Beauceville, Que. — Combines high-end skill set with speed. Scored both goals for Canada in Olympic final.

Natalie Spooner, Toronto — All-around solid offensive skills, a physical presence in front of the opposition's net.

Jennifer Wakefield, Pickering, Ont. — Another big, smooth-skating power forward. Led Boston University in scoring this season.

Hayley Wickenheiser, Shaunavon, Sask. — A catalyst for everything that happens on the ice when she's out for a shift. Both a playmaker and goal scorer.

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