Two coaches and four current and future players from the Gee-Gees women's hockey team are in Russia with Team Canada for FISU's 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk. The international competition sees university athletes from across the globe come together to compete and showcase the level of University sport worldwide.
This year's winter edition, hosted in Siberia, will feature 2,500 participants, including current Gee-Gees in Maude Levesque-Ryan, Christine Deaudelin, and Melodie Bouchard. Marie-Camille Theoret, a Gee-Gees recruit for next season is also on the team. The players are being supported by two of their assistant coaches in Chelsea Grills and Greg Bowles. Furthermore, Roger Archambault, Sports Services' Assistant Director, High Performance is serving as Team Canada's Chef de Mission.
This is the second Universiade for Melodie Bouchard, who won Bronze with Canada in 2017. She was selected once again adding to her resume that includes First Team All-Star honours in both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. Fifth-year goalie, Levesque-Ryan also earned First Team All-Star honours in 2017-18 and is attending the Universiade for the first time. Christine Deaudin is also attending for the first time in her young career, following her second season with the Gee-Gees.
Thoeret, currently playing CEGEP hockey for Champlain College, Lennoxville, is committed to the U of O for next season and will have the chance to better get to know some future teammates and coaches at the games.
Coaches Grills and Bowles, have both coached at various national levels and will get the opportunity to help steer Team Canada to victory in Russia. Grills, in her second year on staff with the Gee-Gees will act as the Team Leader as well.
To follow along with Canada's journey at the games visit Krasnoyarsk 2019's website at https://krsk2019.ru/en